Are you affected by Chronic Pain or Chronic Disease?
If you answered YES- We can help!

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Take Control Take Charge is a unique, self-management program sponsored by the Ontario Government, through Hamilton Health Sciences. We offer FREE Workshops to people suffering and living with Chronic Pain and Chronic Diseases. Our programs have been helping thousands of people over a span of 15 years, through the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimond , Brant and Norfolk Counties.

In these workshops you will be provided the tools that can help you live a better quality of life, while dealing with Chronic Pain or a Chronic Disease. You will be in a classroom with other people, suffering with a chronic condition.  It’s a friendly, non judgemental atmosphere and a great place to learn and share with other people. You are not alone.



The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve in Canada. Information from the Federal and Provincial Governments continues to change and we will continue to provide you with updates as new information becomes available. The Self-Management Program is in contact with Hamilton Health Sciences and will follow guidelines and recommendations provided by Senior Leadership of the Hamilton Health Science Organization.

As of March 15th, 2020 all workshops and training sessions will be postponed until further notice.

Please continue to monitor for updates.




ZOOM Virtual Self-Management Workshops

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have had to take our workshops online, so you can continue with the self-management support from your own home. These Workshops are still free!

What is a “Virtual” Workshop and how do you access one?

Technology has made it possible for you to access a workshop from the comfort of your own home. In order to participate in a “Virtual Workshop”,  you will need to pre-register for the workshop that interests you.



Register TODAY!

FREE Self-Management Support Now Available Online!

As you know, all in-community self-management support programs have been suspended across Ontario in an effort to do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we have partnered with The Online Self-Management Program to provide you with support to help you manage your health through this unprecedented time.

The Online Self-Management Program offers free web-based support to Ontarians living with one or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes, chronic pain, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, heart or kidney conditions, as well as their caregivers.

The program offers:

  • Help With Your Health Online workshop series;
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers online program;
  • One-One Health Coaching and;
  • Living Healthy Webinar

Programs can be accessed from any device with an internet connection and are designed to accommodate all levels of computer skills.
Browse available programs at and register for the program that works best for your needs.
Please contact Hannah at if you have any questions or need assistance with registration.

ATTENTION Healthcare Professionals

Virtual ZOOM Workshop – The Empathy Effect: Countering Bias to Improve Health Outcomes

This evidence-based workshop is designed for all members of the care team and provides evidence-based knowledge in an interactive format to bridge gaps that often get in the way of demonstrating empathy with all clients.


Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (breaks are provided)
Cost: FREE!

Please register here.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Webinar Series

You are not without help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check out this online webinar series to help you out during this time of isolation. The series is FREE.

Register now and receive the link to join live or review at a later date!


All workshops are FREE – Register TODAY!

Chronic Pain


Take Charge! is a workshop for those who live with any chronic or ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, anxiety, pain, depression and arthritis to better manage their symptoms.



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Chronic Disease


Chronic Pain Self Management workshop is for people who live with chronic pain.
Each week you will learn new ways to live your life with your chronic pain and improve the quality of your life.



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Enhance your patient care! Learn new ways to help your patients succeed in making healthy choices and changes to both prevent and manage their chronic conditions.



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What people have to say about
Take Control Take Charge

"I have just completed the 6 week course . I found it extremely useful. I met 12 exceptionally brave and wonderful people who were all willing to share their experiences and feelings with one another. At first I thought it might be very intimidating, but soon found out after the first class, that it was going to be very relaxed and with no pressures. I was so happy to find this particular course. I highly recommend it to any one with a chronic illness that are as frustrated as I was."


"Since the completion of this course, eight of us decided to continue on supporting one another and formed our own group. We named ourselves the “ living, sharing caring group” and meet every three to four weeks, and continue to share and support each other any way we can. We communicate through e-mails and phone calls and regularly keep in touch in order to help make life manageable on a daily basis. We welcome new members and so far have extended invitations to other "Take Charge" groups as this program is the reason for our new- found achievement. Thank you."


I have just finished the six week (Take Charge!) workshop covering the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions book. I was pleasantly surprised of the contents and the value of the presentations I received. Many of us who live each day with our chronic conditions do not have the opportunity to express our situation and have people who care and listen. The items we covered including the Action Plan reinforced the value of taking control of our conditions and making plans to achieve our goals. I felt it made me more aware of how to apply myself. I was impressed with the number of exercises in the book however every section we covered was equally valuable. I was very fortunate to be able to attend this seminar and I thank you.


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