Becoming a Workshop Leader

Living Well is an evidence-based workshop that meets for 2-1/2 hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals throughout Wisconsin. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves. Subjects covered include: techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments.


Workshops are highly participative. Mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The program was developed at Stanford University and has proven to reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations and improve overall health and health behaviors. Wisconsin currently has over 280 Living Well leaders and in the last few years, together we held approximately 100 workshops each year. But there are thousands of older adults in Wisconsin who could greatly benefit from this workshop, and to reach them, we need many more trained leaders.


Thinking about becoming a Living Well workshop leader or just want to know more about the program?  Watch this short video.

About being a Living Well workshop leader:

Living Well Leaders have found preparing for and facilitating the workshops to be extremely personally rewarding. Most Leaders have chronic health conditions themselves and are successfully using the strategies they have learned through the workshop. Leaders have the satisfaction of discovering the contents of the program and learning group leadership and facilitation skills that they can also use in other areas of their lives. Most importantly, they will watch people with on-going health conditions learn to successfully manage their conditions by using the skills and tools that they have shared with them.  For more information, see our Living Well Q&A for Leaders.

Living Well Leader Application Form:

If you're Interested in becoming a Living Well Leader, please fill out and submit the online Living Well Leader Application. This form provides basic information about both the Leader and his/her sponsoring organization, the Leader’s background and interest in becoming a Leader and their understanding of the commitments involved. Traingin Dates:


Note: Individuals applying for Leader training must first view the approximately 20 minute webinar for the specific program for which they are applying. This webinar will provide you with important background information on the program, its purpose, structure, evidence-base, Leader qualifications and characteristics, support for Leaders, and how to apply for Leader training. Note that the application will ask you the date you watched the webinar. It is also advisable for a representative from your sponsoring organization to view the webinar as well. 

Living Well Planning Guide:

This document is used to help the potential leader and the leader’s local sponsoring organization identify and divide up responsibility for the various tasks involved. Leaders must have a sponsoring organization to partner with in implementing the workshop. Leaders and their sponsoring organizations should begin to complete the document and Leaders should either send it to WIHA ahead of time or bring it with them to the Leader Training. Be sure to have already selected the dates and location for your first workshop, which should be scheduled to begin within three months of the Leader Training.


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