Programming Connection

Positive Self-Management Program  

The Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services


What is the Program?

The Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP) is an interactive six-week program for people living with HIV. Program participants and peer leaders meet once a week for 2.5 hours and participants learn tools and skills to help them self-manage their overall health and HIV. Topics such as medication adherence, managing fatigue, relaxation, self-advocacy, working with healthcare professionals and communication skills are covered in the weekly meetings. The PSMP was developed by the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC) (formerly the Stanford Patient Education Research Center). The SMRC provides licensing for program use, as well as evaluation and training support.  

In 2016/17, the Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services (Gilbert Centre) received a five-year Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) grant to deliver the Positive Self-Management Program. This grant allows the Gilbert Centre to deliver 17 programs in Ontario. Master trainers from the Gilbert Centre will train eight peer leaders in the PSMP. These eight leaders will then deliver the program to people with HIV at different AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in Ontario.