Positive Self-Management Program for HIV(PSMP)
The Positive Self-Management Program is a workshop for people with HIV given two and a half hours, once a week, for seven weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with HIV. The PSMP is available in English, Spanish, and Japanese.
Subjects covered include: 1) how to best integrate medication regimens into daily life so they can be taken consistently, 2) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fear, fatigue, pain and isolation, 3) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) evaluating symtoms, 7) advanced directives, and 8) how to evaluate new or alternative treatments.
Each participant in the workshop may also receive a copy of the companion book, Living Well With HIV and AIDS, 3rd Edition, and an audio relaxation tape, Time for Healing.*
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
*Living Well With HIV and AIDS (3rd edition) by Gifford, Lorig, Laurent, and González (2005) can be ordered from Bull Publishing.
First Session: April 3, 2013
9:00am to noon
Program runs every Wednesday for seven consecutive weeks.
Saint Therese Center Executive Office
215 Palo Verde Drive
Major Intersection: Palo Verde and Boulder Highway
Contact Brother Fredick at (702) 564-4224 to enroll.
Seating is limited.
9:00am - 9:30: Breakfast and refreshments served
9:30am - 12:00: Instructional Block