When: Community workshops are usually held in the morning  (9AM - 11:30AM) or (1PM - 3:30PM)  on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Where: Varies Contact: Kate Russell Contact Email: krussell@clackamas.us Contact Phone: (503) 650-5724 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited


Clackamas County Social Services needs peer leaders to volunteer and help expand our popular  “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” workshops.  Workshops are free to the public and are in high demand. Workshops are held at local community centers and libraries throughout Clackamas County.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions, also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), is an evidence based program developed by Stanford University and is for adults with one or more ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety. Workshop participants receive support, find practical/mindful ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn positive ways to communicate their needs with their care provider and family. The workshops are designed for small groups of 10 -15 adults, meeting once per week, for six weeks, attending 2.5-hour sessions. The sessions are facilitated by two trained leaders are interactive with an emphasis on attendees participation.

Volunteers do not need to be educated or experienced. Volunteers, often with chronic conditions of their own, will be required to register and complete a four day training.  We will train you from a well-organized, evidence-based curriculum developed by Stanford University.   Once trained, volunteers will be ready to co-facilitate with another volunteer peer (a minimum of one workshop per year)  to maintain certification. Leaders must agree to practice program fidelity standards. Mileage reimbursement is available to registered volunteers for travel to the leader training and community workshops in Clackamas County.  Training and start-up materials for workshop will be provided at no cost to volunteers.

Minimum Requirements:
* Successfully complete the required leader training – 32 hours total over a 4 day period.
* Facilitate a minimum of two six week series each year.
* Able to pick up, lift & transport workshop materials (small cart on wheels).
* Arrive 30 minutes before each class to assist with setting up class tables, chairs,
materials & workshop posters with co-leader.
* Assist with clean up after each session with your co-leader.
* Be strongly committed to training content outlined in the  training manual & program fidelity.
* Refrain from adding additional content or materials that are not part of the Stanford
program curriculum.

Varies & depends on where workshops are being held & requested
The Volunteer Connection office is located at 2051 Kaen Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045


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