Creative Arts Group

One popular coping technique for managing pain is creative art. The Creative Arts group provides a compassionate space for individuals to participate in instructed activities. (Check below for the activity of the month and supplies needed!)

Pain Connection is a support group program of the U.S. Pain Foundation. All support groups leaders have gone through our training program, where they learn to guide productive, compassionate discussions amongst participants. They are also trained in helpful techniques, like meditation, breathing exercises, guided imagery, decision-making models, role-playing, assertiveness skills, and more.

All discussions in Pain Connection groups are confidential, and designed with your comfort in mind. For example, you should feel free to lie down during groups. 

Currently, all groups are meeting via Zoom. To register please fill out the form on this page and an email confirmation will be sent to you with a zoom link. 

If you have questions about our support groups, or are interested in starting one in your area, please reach out at

June Theme: “You ROCK”

Let’s enjoy each other’s company as we paint pictures and/or positive affirmations on rocks.

Supplies Needed:

  • Clean, dry rock (s) or tile(s), preferably with a smooth surface
    • (Optional- Carboard, canvas or paper)
  • Acrylic-based paints or markers
  • Paint brush (es) if using paints
  • Water- for washing brushes, etc.
  • Newspaper, paper to cover working surface, if desired

Other items you may wish to have:

  • Hairdryer (for drying paint in between overlapping colors, if desired.) (Remember to use the mute button so we don’t hear it!)
  • Outdoor lacquer or modge podge outdoor/clear (if you would like to weather-proof rocks for garden or outside)
    • Hairspray or clear nail polish gives a sheen but may wash off over time.


Guest Instructor: Bobbi Blades


A facilitator of several support groups/programs for Pain connection/U.S. Pain Foundation since 2017, Bobbi was formerly an elementary and preschool teacher, working later in high tech in the US and Europe, as well as health and human service positions.

Highlights to date were backpacking throughout Europe and the Far East, then returning to NH to care for and raise a family with her husband.  During the Pandemic she and her dog learned many new tricks.

At one time she wanted to be a Geologist.  Now she paints Kindness Rocks and leaves them on trails to cheer others.  She also volunteers for various groups/causes.

Creative Arts Group

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Days: Last Thursday of the month
Time: 7-8:30pm ET
Contact: Kate Benson at

Waiver and Release*
Please scroll through entire waiver and read before confirming you are over the age of 18 and accept its terms.

By registering for a support group, I acknowledge that I have agreed to participate in a Chronic Pain Support Group (“support group”) organized by Pain Connection, a program of U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. I understand that the support group will include discussion of healthcare, work and family issues and the management of chronic pain and that the level of my participation in this support group and any group activities must be determined by me, in consultation with my physician or other qualified healthcare provider. I further understand that the support group leaders are volunteers and people with pain who have undergone training with U.S Pain Foundation, Inc. and that they may not be physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists or other trained healthcare professionals. The support groups are provided for education and support - they are not therapy groups. U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, but does not advocate any one particular treatment for any one type of pain.

I acknowledge that the support group leaders and/or U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc., by making this support group available, are not undertaking any responsibility regarding my medical condition(s). If I feel that my medical condition(s) are adversely affected by my participation in the support group, I understand that it is my responsibility to discontinue participation and to immediately consult with my healthcare provider about continuing or resuming participation.

I agree that all information obtained in the support group is to be considered confidential and I shall hold the same in confidence, shall not disclose, publish or otherwise reveal any of the confidential information received from any participants in the support group and/or U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. to any other party whatsoever.

All the provisions of this release and waiver shall also apply to a support group conducted by video and/or telephone-conferencing, which may be less secure than in-person support groups, and I fully understand the nature and extent of the potential risks involved with participation in a support group using these forms of electronic media. I agree not to make any type of recording (audio and/or video) of the support group.

I hereby, on behalf of myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, assume the risks associated with participation in the support group and release, indemnify and hold harmless the support group leaders, U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. and it’s agents, officers, members, volunteers and employees from any and all claims, demands, for personal injuries, costs, expenses, and any other loss to person or property arising out of or resulting from my participation in the support group.

I have read this waiver and release and confirm that I am aged eighteen or over. I have been given the opportunity to ask any questions and I fully understand and agree to the above.

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