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As of May 5, 2023, PD SELF® founder Diane Cook entrusted the Davis Phinney Foundation with her self-efficacy skill-building program. New cohorts will begin in January 2024 for people living with Parkinson’s and care partners (having a care partner is not required to participate).

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Informational PD Self Program Webinar

If you were unable to attend or would like to rewatch our informational webinar PD SELF program preview, you can watch the video below!

“Because of the PD SELF course, I have completely changed my outlook on Parkinson’s and what’s possible for me. I have tried so many new things, met incredible people I now call friends, and have actually made my life bigger. Thank you!!” – PD SELF participant

Registration for the January session of PD SELF is now closed. Registration will reopen in May 2024 for the August session of the program.

PD SELF is a national program for people with Parkinson’s that provides self-efficacy skill building in motivation, confidence, and knowledge needed to improve quality of life.

Currently–and since 2020–the course is delivered virtually via Zoom.

The program is eight modules, once every two weeks, for four months. You will have access to an online learning management system where you will find homework, resources, and will have the ability to connect with your facilitators.

Individual class scheduling will be coordinated by each class’s facilitator in conjunction with the director of education. We will create classes based on time zone location for ease of scheduling.

The program is currently designed for people who have been diagnosed within the last three years. Future sessions will not have a diagnosis timeframe constraint (i.e., you can participate no matter when you were diagnosed).

Additionally, while having a care partner is not required, we do encourage care partners to participate as we provide all those affected by Parkinson’s with educational tools to live well.

The course is led by two facilitators, which can be any combination of the following:

  • A person with Parkinson’s
  • A care partner
  • A Parkinson’s specialist such as a physical therapist, licensed clinical social worker, nurse practitioner, or other healthcare professional (HCP)

Each facilitator goes through training to prepare to facilitate a cohort.

Class enrollment depends on interest in the PD SELF program. Ideal class size is 20-25 people. Small class size promotes relationship building and sharing amongst participants.

Historically, yes. We have run multiple cohorts in Spanish and hope to do so again if there is enough interest.

The next session will run January – April 2024.

A second cohort will run August – December 2024.

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Have Questions?

Please reach out to us at pdself@dpf.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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