The Chronic Health Conditions Course aims to provide good education and guidance on simple and effective techniques for managing symptoms often experienced by those with chronic health conditions. Very broadly, the course helps people with thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms related to pain, depression, and anxiety. Research shows that it helps people gain control over their symptoms, improve their confidence, and get back to living a full, satisfying life.
|Gastrointestinal diseases (e.g., Crohn's disease, Celiac disease)
||Osteoporosis and other skeletal conditions
||Chronic kidney disease
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
||Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
|Rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions
||HIV and other significant viruses
||Irritable bowel and gastrointestinal syndromes
|Chronic fatigue syndrome
||... and many, many more.
The Chronic Conditions Course was developed in Australia by the eCentreClinic for Emotional Health. It is designed to teach people who have chronic conditions how to better manage depression, and anxiety.
The course was designed because so many people never seek treatment, but many have access to the Internet. Because those with chronic conditions may experience pain, depression, and anxiety it was also felt to be important to provide information that could be used to manage these issues.
The course aims to provide good education and guidance on simple but effective techniques for managing symptoms. Very broadly, the course helps people with thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms related to pain, depression, and anxiety. Research shows that it helps people gain control over their symptoms, improve their confidence, and get back to living a full satisfying life.
The Chronic Conditions Course is comprised of 5 lessons. Depending on the complexity of the lesson, it is recommended that clients spend 1 to 2 weeks on a given lesson. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online, and “Do it Yourself” (DIY) activities and resources that are reviewed offline, as well as additional resources for common concerns. With the suggested time frame, clients should complete the Chronic Conditions Course in 8 weeks.
More than 500 Australians have completed the Chronic Conditions Course and the results are very encouraging. More than 90% reported the course was worth their time and that they would recommend the course. Most participants said it was hard work. Most also made good clinical improvements in emotional wellbeing and day-to-day functioning.
Participants will complete questionnaires prior to the start of the program, before each lesson of the program, once they have completed the program, and 3 months after completing the program. The questionnaires will assess anxiety and depressive symptoms, along with levels of disability, distress, self-efficacy, and quality of life.
The Chronic Conditions Course is designed for those who have symptoms of depression or anxiety, have had a chronic physical condition for more than 3 months, have seen a doctor about the chronic condition, are 18 years of age or older, are comfortable using and have access to the Internet, are currently residing in Canada and have a local medical contact available in case of emergencies. The course is not recommended if you have severe problems with alcohol or drugs, mania, psychosis, or strong thoughts of suicide.
If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact us.
If you are interested in participating in the Chronic Conditions Course, please register below and follow the instructions.