The Comfort Ability Workshop

The Comfort Ability Workshop

General info

Doernbecher is proud to present the Comfort Ability Workshop which is now being held at OHSU every 6-8 weeks. Originally designed at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Comfort Ability Workshop is being conducted at several sites across the country, and at several hospitals in Canada!

The Comfort Ability Workshop is a fun and interactive one-day program to help children and their parents or caregivers learn how to better manage chronic pain. The program is run by staff psychologists and psychology trainees from Doernbecher Children's Hospital's Pediatric Pain Management Clinic and introduces cognitive behavioral and biobehavioral pain management strategies. The workshop emphasizes the mind-body connection and offers non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical strategies for improved pain management.

The program is put on by the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic and the Institute on Development and Disability.


Hear from previous participants:

"The Comfort Ability workshop was incredible for our whole family. It has been a game changer on many levels. We're so grateful to have been able to attend, and I hope every family will have this opportunity moving forward."
- Parent

"It was nice to be with a group of people my age who are all dealing with pain like me."
- Child

"Thank you so much for putting this program together! I really appreciate that it was there for my patient when she needed it. I do not know how else we would have helped them had this program not been available."
- Family Medicine Physician

Information for the Day of the Workshop

Confirm that you're registered.

Registering online does not serve as confirmation of registration. If you have received an individual email in response to your online registration that confirms your registration, you are registered for the workshop. You will receive email reminders in the weeks leading up to the workshop you're registered for.

What should my child and I bring?

  • A sack lunch (or money for lunch) and a water bottle. Light snacks will be provided however, we recommend bringing a lunch from home or money to purchase food at the lunch break. If you're purchasing a lunch, there are three options: Starbucks is located about 10 minutes away in the lobby of Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the OHSU cafeteria on the 3rd floor of the main hospital will also be open, and there is a restaurant nearby called the Feathered Nesst
  • Comfortable clothing. Please make sure you and your child are dressed comfortably. Kids will be sitting on the floor for part of the day and will be participating in hands-on activities.



Our Team

Dr. Anna WilsonAnna Wilson, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist Instructor


Dr. Amy HolleyAmy Holley, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist Instructor


Catlin DennisCatlin Dennis, B.A.
Comfort Ability Coordinator

The Comfort Ability Study

The Comfort Ability Study is a simple, evaluative study that measures functioning and pain prior to the workshop via a survey completed by parents and children, and then three months after attending the workshop. Each participant of the workshop will be given the opportunity to participate, should they choose to do so.

The central aim of the study is to determine if the Comfort Ability Workshop, developed in Boston, at Boston Children's Hospital will be effective in teaching kids with chronic pain and their parents/caregivers in the Pacific Northwest behaviorally-based skills and psychological strategies to better manage chronic pain.

Participants who complete surveys at both time points will be entered into a drawing to win one of 5 $20 gift cards to a local store. Participants will also be given an opportunity to provide feedback about the program and its content by responding to open-ended questions as part of the online survey. We anticipate that this data will help us better tailor the program to address the needs of our patient population.

For more information, please contact Catlin Dennis at 503 494-3245, or Anna Wilson at