- Download the flyer for Thurs, May 17, 2018
- Add to your Google Calendar
- Get directions to the venue (pictured at the right)
- See all future event dates (Every 3rd Thursday of the month from May thru November 2018)
- Join our fun and informative Facebook group
- Share this event on Facebook
So, what’s this about?
The Pain Science Happy Hour was born to fill a huge gap in education and healthcare, specifically in the treatment of chronic and persistent pain. It’s where professionals who work with this complex condition can meet, mingle, and learn from each other by sharing wider evidenced perspectives. Caregivers, pain patients, friends and family are welcome! This is a casual get-together where the most up-to-date facts can be evaluated alongside helpful anecdotes through an exchange of information and experiences. *Please note: This is not a support group nor a medical advice group. For many reasons, this would not be the appropriate environment or situation for anyone seeking either of those services.
Why Happy Hour?
Let’s face it, pain sucks. But Happy Hour doesn’t 😉 It’s not too early, not too late and it’s always happy hour somewhere in the world! We want this to be as relaxed and uplifting as possible for everyone. This is not a doctor or therapist’s office, nor is it a clinic or hospital. This is where everyone gets to be a real-life, down-to-earth human who cares while not having to put on a demeanor for anyone. In the process we may piece together some pain puzzles, gain some more clarity, and just mayyybe have some fun.
Great! Our Happy Hour isn’t about that. As a matter of fact, the venue was chosen, specifically, because it offers an array of non-alcohol drink options and good, cheap à la carte food. You are free to partake in either or none. This is a judgement-free zone. We do, however, expect participants to be responsible and not treat this like a frat house or place to drown sorrows (we are not equipped to handle either of those scenarios). If you are on the journey of recovery, please be mindful of your process. If you are not comfortable around others who may be having a cocktail or feel you might be triggered, this may not be the right event for you at this time.
Is this a networking thing or a support group thing?
Neither. It’s a social learning and growing thing. As a matter of fact, aggressive solicitation of products or services is frowned upon and considered to be very poor taste. If someone is trying to “sell” anything, they are not welcome. Tell one of the organizers (like me) and we’ll set them straight, and don’t let us catch you! ONE STRIKE and you’re out! There’ll be none of that used-car salesman “here’s my card” business! The last thing pain patients and off-the-clock professionals need is some wack-a-doodle trying to sell yet another bogus gimmick. If someone expressly asks for your business information because there was an authentic and meaningful connection (and vice-versa), that’s perfectly lovely and welcome. Meaningful connections are what we’re about.
Do I need to be a professional or patient to attend?
Nope! All you need to be is curious and genuine. You may simply want to learn how to better relate to a friend or loved one dealing with pain in isolation. Compassion is perhaps the most helpful thing we can offer patients navigating through physical and/or emotional pain, and we hope to create a space where everyone is reminded they are not alone. Your understanding of this complex condition is much more powerful than you may realize. All are welcome to join in helping heal this epidemic of chronic pain.
If you have any other questions about Pain Science Happy Hour, please send an email to info[a]pinpointeducation.org.
See you there!