Programs

In-Person Support Groups
Group Meeting

*Please note our support groups are currently meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check out our support group options below (some of our in-person groups have been moved to the web).

*Healthcare students - please note, we do not currently allow any observers of our web-based support groups, due to the high need for support and the limited number of spaces available for participants. Thank you.

 

Living with Chronic Illness - a general support group for those living with ongoing physical health challenges

4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30-7:30pm, meets at the Capitol Hill Seattle Public Library Branch (this group is now meeting online)

Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness - a group focused on learning mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion, 4th Tuesday of each month, 6-7pm, meets at Aljoya Thorton Place Retirement Community (this group is currently meeting online - see web-based support groups below).

Rare Chronic Illness - a support group for adults living with rare health challenges, 2nd Friday of each month, 1:30-2:30pm, meets at Greenwood Seattle Public Library Branch (this group is now meeting online)

Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness (Eastside) - a group focused on learning mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion, 4th Tuesday of each month, 6 -7pm, meets at EvergreenHealth in room Tan 117 (click on EvergreenHealth for a map and follow directions to the Tan Building classrooms) (this group is currently meeting online - see web-based support groups below)

Parenting Chronic Illness - a support group for parents and loved ones of kids who are hospitalized at Seattle Children's Hospital due to chronic Illness, 2nd Monday of each month, 4-5pm, meets at the Seattle Children's Hospital in the Family Resource Center. (this group has been combined with our other parenting group and is now meeting online and available to parents living anywhere)

Updated 6/10/2021

Please note, while our support groups are professionally-facilitated and may offer psycho-educational tools for coping, our groups are not psychotherapy or counseling groups.

All of our support groups are free of cost. Contact us at info@thecenterforchronicillness.org with any questions or to sign up. 


Please note, periodically the library has closures and the meeting rooms are unavailable to us, so we have to change meeting locations. Please contact us to ensure you arrive at the proper location for that month's meeting.

Visit our Testimonials page to learn more about what attendees who join our programs say.
Web-based Support Groups

*Please note, starting July 19, 2021, all CCI support groups will be hosted on the HeyPeers web-based platform.

Our CCI web-based support groups are open to anyone living anywhere. All groups are based on Pacific Standard Time. All of our web-based support groups are free of cost, but in order to participate you need to sign up ahead of time. Follow these steps to sign up:

  1. Visit the HeyPeers website 

  2. Enter your email address, and click continue

  3. Enter your first and last name, and choose a username

  4. Choose a password, and agree to the HeyPeers Terms & Conditions

  5. Enter some demographic information and agree to Center for Chronic Illness disclaimer

  6. Find a meeting from the List or Calendar view, and click Register

 

Please contact us with any questions.

Visit our Testimonials page to learn more about what attendees who join our programs say

 

Living with Chronic Illness - a general support group for those living with ongoing physical health challenges 4th Monday of each month, 7-8pm PST

Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness - a group focused on learning mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 6-7pm PST

Rare Chronic Illness - a support group for adults living with rare health challenges, 1st Tuesday of each month, 4-5pm PST

Parenting Chronic Illness - a support group for parents of kids at any age living with ongoing health challenges, 2nd Monday of each month, 4-5pm PST

Living with Cystinosis - a support group for patients living with the rare disease, cystinosis, 3rd Tuesday of each month, 4-5pm PST

Parenting Cystinosis Support Group - a support group for parents of those living with the rare disease, cystinosis, 3rd Tuesday of every other month, 2:30-3:30pm PST (July 20th, September 21st, November 16th)

COVID-19 Long-Haulers- a support group for anyone experiencing ongoing health challenges after being diagnosed with COVID-19, 4th Tuesdays of each month, 4-5pm PST

Creativity and Chronic Illness - a support group for anyone living with chronic illness who would like to express themselves through art, Sundays from 10am-11:30am PST

Living with Urea Cycle Disorder - a support group for patients living with the rare disease, urea cycle disorder (UCD), 3rd Wednesday of every other month, 4-5pm PST (March 17th 2021, May 19th, July 21st, September 15th, and November 17th)

Caring for Urea Cycle Disorder - a support group for caregivers, parents, and loved ones of those living with urea cycle disorder (UCD), 1st Wednesday of every other month, 4-5pm PST, (starting April 7th 2021, June 2nd, August 4th, October 6th, and December 1st)

Supporting African Americans Living with Chronic Illness - a support group for African American individuals impacted by ongoing health challenges, 2nd Wednesday of each month, 4-5pm PST

Teens Living with Chronic Illness - a support group for teens (ages 15-17) who live with ongoing health challenges, 1st Monday of each month, 4-5pm PST, *Please note both a parent / guardian and teen will need to sign a consent form before the teen can participate in the virtual group


Updated 6/16/2021

 

All educational programs are free of cost. Contact us to sign up, or join our mailing list via our "Contact" page or follow us on social media to stay posted on future events!

Upcoming Programs

More coming soon...

Past Programs

Impact of Mental Health on Chronic Illness & Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Speakers: Kerry Heckman, MSW, LICSW & Natalie Hopkins, MSW - Saturday, April 10, 2021. 

Chronic Illness & You: LGBTQ! - panel discussion and resource event for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and live with chronic illness - September 22, 2018

Working with Chronic Illness: Success when Facing Health Challenges in the World of Work - a comprehensive presentation considering employment and chronic illness - June 17, 2017

Living with Chronic Illness: Coping Tools for Stress, Depression, and Anxiety - a look at the emotional impact of living with ongoing illness -

April 8, 2017

Please view our Resources page to view the PowerPoints, handouts, and recordings from these events.

Health Education Programs