Healthy Living with Chronic Pain

Michelle Comeau

Hi!  I'm Michelle Comeau and I'm a Healthy Living with Chronic Pain (HLCP) support staff at the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging. 


If you're interested in becoming a HLCP program Leader, bringing a HLCP workshop to your community, or just have questions about the program, please email me at 

Healthy Living with Chronic Pain (HLCP) is a high-level evidence-based program for people who have on-going, persistent pain.  Developed at Stanford University, the HLCP workshop meet for 2-1/2 hours once a week for six consecutive weeks. This community-based program is very interactive, where mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their pain and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a small group setting, and most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others in the workshop with similar challenges.

Who should take it?
Workshops are best for anyone who:

  • Is 18 or older
  • Has, or lives with someone, who has chronic pain
This program does not replace existing treatments, but serves to complement a participant’s current medical treatment plan. This program is not meant for a person who has pain medication addiction issues. 

Topics discussed:
  • What is pain?
  • Short-term goal setting
  • Using your mind to manage symptoms: relaxation & breathing
  • Healthy eating and nutrition 
  • Pacing and planning
  • Evaluating Treatments & Decision Making
  • Partnering with health care team
  • Fitness for exercise and fun!
  • Feedback and problem-solving
  • Medication usage
  • Getting quality sleep
  • Fatigue management
  • Dealing with difficult emotions 
  • Stress and depression management
  • Communicating effectively with friends, family, and medical team
  • And more!
Proven Outcomes.  People who have taken the workshop experience:

  • Better health and increased confidence in managing their pain
  • Improvements in vitality or energy
  • Less pain and dependence on others
  • Improved mental health
  • Greater involvement in everyday activities 

For more information:


Take a workshop - coming in 2019

Becoming a Leader