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Afternoon Conference Call

Evening Conference Call

Support Group Meetings:

Pain Warriors Hagerstown
Meets every Wed

DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia)


Next Speaker Series:

Wheaton Speaker Series

Next Classes:

Filling the Gaps in Pain Care Part II:
An 8 week program designed for people with pain and their families that completed Part I. Next session to be announced.

Filling the Gaps in Pain Care:
An 8 week program designed for people with pain and their families to improve their ability to manage chronic pain. Next session starts October 2014.

You will learn and practice ways to relieve anxiety, stress, and pain through awareness and relaxation. Next session to be announced.

Pain Warriors
Next session to be announced.

Mike Sitar, PhD, Bio-Feedback

"Good experience to meet other people, I wish I had gone sooner. It enriches my life because I am less depressed and hopeless. I can call 20 people when I am sad. It has helped me to relax."
Susan, group member.

Dr. Michael April, Physical Medicine and Pain Specialist

"One of the most interesting topics was Reinventing Yourself. The group gives life some meaning and I am grateful that it exists."
Martha, group member.

Dr. Gary Kaplan, Osteopath, Family Physician and Pain Specialist, Treating Depression and Chronic Pain

Gwenn Herman and Linda Girdner

Speakers Series


The Chronic Pain Support Group provides a forum for people handicapped by pain, isolated and alienated by pain, frustrated by lack of services dealing with the emotional aspect of physical pain, and demoralized by changes in careers, families, and society.

Different modalities are used in the support group such as: developing coping skills, decision making models, role-playing, assertiveness training, guided imagery, meditation, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.

Family members, significant others and interested community members are welcome to attend and participate in the support group.


Chronic Pain Support Groups:
Conference Calls | Wheaton Speakers Series | Virginia
DMV Pain Connection | Pain Warriors

Pain Connection Live Conference Calls

The Afternoon Pain Connection Live Conference Calls are held on the first Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 2:30pm EST.
You must register for each call. Calls will not be taped, and you may just listen - you do not need to talk unless you feel like it. There is no charge for participating, but standard long distance rates apply to the call.

August's Topic:
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Call Dates:
August 7
September 4
October 2
November 6
December 4

The Evening Pain Connection Live Conference Calls are held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00pm EST.
You must register for each call. Calls will not be taped, and you may just listen - you do not need to talk unless you feel like it. There is no charge for participating, but standard long distance rates apply to the call.

August's Topic:
Pacing and Self-Care
Special Guest: Micke Brown
Micke Brown is a nationally known pain management nurse and experienced patient advocate. She has more than 35 years of experience in nursing, with over 20 years in the specialty of pain management. Ms. Brown has cared for and educated individuals and their families living with pain, trained health care professionals about pain management and spoken out about issues that impede access to quality pain care in the media, during legislative hearings and with other decision makers.

She is the Corporate Secretary/Treasurer and Steering Committee Chair of The Pain Community (TPC), a non-profit, consumer-focused pain organization whose mission is to build and strengthen an active, energized and diverse community of people affected by pain by providing a foundation of support where education, wellness information and advocacy are promoted. She is also a program director at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy coordinating activities related to a Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) grant to create a “Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Emergency Preparedness Plan”.
View details and instructions.
Call Dates:
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11

Virginia Chronic Pain Support Group Meetings

The Virginia Chronic Pain Support Group meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at:
Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine
6829 Elm Street, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22101
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TIME: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

CALL: Jodi Brayton, LCSW, Group Leader

Meeting Dates:
August 13
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

Wheaton Monday Speakers Series

The Wheaton Monday Speakers Series meetings will be held on selected Mondays at:
Holiday Park Senior Center
3950 Ferrara Drive
Wheaton, Maryland 20906
240-777-4999(directions only)
TIME: 1:00-2:15 PM
Meeting Dates:
September 22
October 27
November 17
September 22 - Michael Hennessey - Omega-3s and Pain Management
Michael Hennessey is a 33-year veteran of the Natural Products industry. After managing health food stores for 18 years, his career path led to the creation of an education-based consulting firm working with twenty of the most progressive and successful nutritional supplement and natural bodycare companies in the natural channel of health retail, and with manufacturers worldwide. His company has been the recipient of many national awards for their efforts to educate both retailers and consumers, with his team servicing over 700 outlets in the nine-state mid-Atlantic region. Today, Michael is presenting under the auspices of a non-profit public-education organization, Wildberry Education, that works to share information and empower individual responsibility for one’s health. He can be reached at Michael lives in Washington, DC.

October 27 - Donald Pelles, PhD, Certified Hypnotherapist - "Using Hypnosis to Help deal with Pain, Stress, Depression and more…"

November 17 - Lee Blank, LMT, Sarah Combs, RMP, and Alison Babil Horowitz, LMT - "Learn about Touch Therapies: Massage, Reiki and Acupressure"

Inclement Weather Policy:
The Holiday Park Senior Center follows the weather policy of Montgomery County (M.C.) Public Schools. Call them at 240-777-4999 for further information.

DMV Pain Connection

The DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) Pain Connection Support Group meetings will usually be held the 2nd Monday of each month at:
Pain Connection-Chronic Pain Outreach Center, Inc.
12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
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TIME: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

* Special Guest Speaker on September 8:
Elizabeth M. Christy, author of recently published children's book, Why Does Mommy Hurt? Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of Having a Parent or Caregiver with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, or Autoimmune Disease.

CALL: Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C, DCSW, Group Leader (301)231-0008

Meeting Dates:
August 11
September 8 *
October 13
November 10
December 8

Pain Warriors

Pain Warriors Hagerstown Group

All Military, Veterans and Family Members are welcome! This group will provide support, education and resources.

Place: Washington County Free Library (Conference Room)
100 S Potomac St, Hagerstown, Md. 21740
Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Contact: Group Leader- Stephanie Snyder, LGPC, Pain Connection Graduate School Intern
301-992-3070 or
Meeting Dates:
Weekly on Thusdays
*Bring your pillows, mats, ice or hot packs, if you want, to make yourself comfortable*

Pain Warriors Class

PAIN WARRIORS: 8 week group that teaches military and veterans survival strategies, techniques to confront adversity and to thrive.

Next session: To be announced.

Work from Pain Connection’s book Making the Invisible Visible, learn guided imagery, meditation and breathing techniques.