Prospective Leaders

Chronic Pain and Disease Management

The Ideal Leader Should:

  •  Have personal experience dealing with an ongoing health concern, if possible
  •  Or have life experience living with a family member with a chronic illness
  •  Not be fearful of public speaking
  •  Be comfortable with presenting the program strictly as written in the leader’s manual
  •  Be committed to helping others with their ongoing health concerns as a volunteer
  •  Have taken the Living Well workshop as a participant, if possible
  •  Leaders are expected to co-facilitate at least one six-week workshop every year.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions (also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop is designed to improve the self-management skills of people living with ongoing health issues.  Conditions like arthritis, heart problems, mental health conditions, chronic pain, cancer, or  diabetes can cause those affected to lose physical conditioning and suffer health problems over many years.  We are looking for people to be certified as workshop leaders by  completing a 4-day leader training.

Originally developed and tested through the School of Medicine at Stanford University, this program teaches new strategies that will give participants the confidence, motivation, and skills needed to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition.

Trained leaders will facilitate a six-week workshop that empowers those living with ongoing health issues to learn the skills to increase their quality of life.  The workshops are taught by two trained peer leaders, some who have health conditions themselves. 


Living Well with Chronic Pain (also known as Chronic Pain Self-Management Program) 
This class is designed for people who have a diagnosis of chronic pain, offering strategies for dealing with their symptoms. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments.

Leaders must first be trained in Chronic Disease Self-Management before completing a 2-day cross training for Chronic Pain.

Diabetes Self-Management

While there is no cure for diabetes, knowledge about diabetes and self-management skills can improve the experience of symptoms and overall quality of life for those living with diabetes.

Living Well with Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Self-Management Program) 
Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.

Leaders must first be trained in Chronic Disease Self-Management before completing a 2-day cross training for Diabetes.

Falls Prevention

Aging is inevitable, falling is not. Many adults can benefit from learning low-impact exercise to improve balance and strategies to increase confidence and reduce their fear of falling. Juniper delivers evidence-based classes that have been proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling.

A Matter of Balance 
A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

A Matter of Balance coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall.  In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.

 A Matter of Balance Coaches need good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults.  Coaches also need to be able to lead low level exercise.  Once trained to be a coach, you are asked to do 2 A Matter of Balance classes (8- 2 hour sessions within the next year).

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise.  Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.

Tai Ji Quan – Moving for Better Balance 
This program helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Participants learn balance skills, good body alignment, and coordinated Tai Ji movements. Although its origin can be traced to the contemporary simplified 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine, TJQMBB represents a significant paradigm shift in the application of Tai Ji Quan, moving the focus from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to propagating health by addressing common, but potentially debilitating, functional impairments/deficits. 

The Leaders should:

·         Be Motivated to learn & lead others

·         Ideally Have Experience teaching physical activity

·         Be Committed to offering two 12-week sessions, a minimum of one time per year (1 hour, 2 times per week)

Caregiver Support

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six week educational series designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or family friend. Participants also receive their own how-to-do-it book on caregiving! In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions. 


PTC Class Leader should have:

·         A co-leader with whom to teach the 6-week caregiver class

·         Group facilitation skills

·         A sponsoring organization

·         Experience working with family caregivers

·         Commitment to a 2-day training and teach at least two caregiver class series within the first year.