CCFA Support Group: Portland, OR

3303 Southwest Bond Avenue, Portland, OR 97239, USA

OHSU's Center for Health & Healing

markjmcnamara@gmail.com
Meets: Third Thursday, Monthly, 7:00 PM

Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7:00 PM at OHSU's Center for Health & Healing, 3rd Floor - Room #5, 3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland. Note: This is OHSU's new facility at the South Waterfront, not up on the hill. If you'll be attending this group for the first time, please contact Mark to confirm meeting details.

Street parking is free after 7:00 PM, or there is a convenient parking garage available at the facility for a flat fee of $3 (after 6:00 PM). Questions? Contact facilitator Mark Mac: markjmcnamara@gmail.com or 512-264-5922.

This group will not meet in December due to the holidays.

Our February 2015 speaker will discuss:

Part 2: IBD and Self-kindness - Why Bother?

  • Research will be presented that suggest self-compassion is associated with a host of markers for quality of life in the general population
  • Self-compassion will be introduced (what it is; how it works)
  • We will discuss how self-compassion interfaces with mindfulness
  • Together we will practice a compassion exercise
  • Practical ways for incorporating self-compassion into your daily life will be introduced.

Dr. Soll provides counseling for a wide range of difficulties including but not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use difficulties, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.  Dr. Soll utilizes mindfulness and compassion based treatments to aid health care workers and other professionals in coping with work-related stress, creating work-life balance, and finding joy in their work and personal lives.   Dr. Soll completed a postdoctoral fellowship in palliative care psychology and has special expertise in using mindfulness and values-based interventions to cope with medical diagnoses, chronic pain, terminal illness, and end-of-life processes.  Dr. Soll has special interests in multicultural competence, ethics and boundaries, and professional burnout and self-care.

Helpful Tips from Group Members - July 2014:

  • Heat therapy
    • Heating pad
    • microwaveable heat wrap
    • hot water bottle with castor oil
    • warm bath
  • Imagine delays in getting to the bathroom (to decrease urgency)
  • Carry an extra set of clothes with you
    • “emergency bag”
    • for long drives: keep a shallow tub lined with a plastic bag in your car just in case you need to go at the side of the road and have a towel for privacy
  • Variety puzzles/IPad/book in the bathroom to distract from pain
  • Use peri bottle with warm water after using the bathroom
    • or a bidet attachment for your toilet
  • Take a walk during the day to clear your head and manage stress
    • exercise
  • Bring your own food to social gatherings
  • Be open with friends and family about IBD

Thank you to speakers at past meetings:

- November 2014: Dr. Melissa Soll

- May 2014: Bill Thome, Accredited Disability Representative

- April 2014: Dr. Helene Wahbeh from OHSU

- March 2014: Brad Wipfli, PhD from OHSU

- November 2013: Richard Haynes, discussing ayurvedic medicine

- September 2013: Jane Conboy, discussing hypnotherapy

- May 2013: Susan Yoder, RN, BSN

- March 2013: Liana Tsikitis, MD

- January 2013: Tom Ohling, "Nutrition Magician" 

- November 2012: Andrea Peruzzi, LAc. Listen to recordings of her visit! Part 1 - Part 2 

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