Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Chronic Disease

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Spaces Available
Thursday, January 11, 2024 - Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

What is the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)?
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic conditions to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic health conditions.

For an overview of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, click here.

Who can attend?
Adults experiencing any type of chronic health conditions, as well as their family, friends and/or caregivers. The program is available in communities throughout Ontario. In Toronto Central LHIN region, the program is available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Mandarin, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Participants must be able to function in a group setting.

What does it cost to attend?
It is FREE to participants, and participants receive the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions course book. Participants must pre-register for the program and are encouraged to attend all six sessions.

What happens in the workshop?
Workshop groups meet once a week for 2.5 hours, over six weeks. There are ten to fifteen participants in each workshop. In the workshop, participants will learn about:
• healthy eating
• starting and maintaining exercise
• pain and fatigue management
• stress management
• communicating with your healthcare professional
• managing medications
• planning and problem solving
• goal setting
Participants take an active role in the workshop by setting weekly goals and providing feedback on how they managed.

Who leads the workshops?
The workshop is led by two individuals who have taken special training. The leaders are volunteers, many of whom have chronic health conditions themselves.

Who developed the program?
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a licensed program developed and researched at Stanford University. It follows a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage symptoms. It is considered a best practice program in self-management.

How do I get involved?
Please review the list of ongoing workshops on our home page or contact us.

Thursday, January 11, 2024 - Thursday, February 15, 2024
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Registration available until Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Every Thursday for 6 weeks


  • Upon registration we will provide detailed information

Workshop Registration


Registration Information

I am attending because of my own chronic health conditions
I am attending to help someone else who has a chronic condition

Emphysema, COPD or other Lung Disease
Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure

Guidelines for Participation in the six week long workshop

In order to benefit from this workshop, we ask you to:

  • Come to every session
  • Take care of your needs (stand up, stretch, leave the room)
  • Make and complete a weekly action plan
  • Be respectful of others and their ideas
  • Call your buddy weekly
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Turn off your cell phones/pagers
  • Give new activities at least a two-week trial
  • Participate in group discussion

Check here to confirm.

I grant permission to Choose Health-Toronto Central, c/o South Riverdale Community Health Centre:

  1. To contact me in the future for the purposes of providing self management related updates, such as additional programming, events, training, and research opportunities.
  2. To share de-identified information collected in the workshop with external partners for the purpose of ongoing evaluation and quality improvement of the program.
  3. To request responses via email, if applicable, to evaluation tools.

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