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Seminars and Support Groups

At the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center, we recognize our patients’ different needs and interests for information and interaction with others within the MS community. We therefore have created a blended curriculum of live formats and internet-based programs for education and support.

New and Early Diagnosis Orientation

Every other month, on the second Thursday of the month, Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman leads an on-line orientation to a new diagnosis of multiple sclerosis- so you can participate from home. In this session, she provides an overview of the causes of MS and what to do about it. There is ample time for Q & A. This program is in collaboration with the National MS Society. You can view upcoming events here.

Monthly Support Group - The Art of Living

When: The 3rd Thursday of every month
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: 1500 Owens St., 3rd Floor, Room 343 (Classroom).

“Art of Living” is a once-a-month gathering in a supportive environment for discussion of ideas that enhance daily living. The group is facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman . Dinner and parking are complimentary. No RSVP is necessary and spouses, family and friends are welcome to attend. We meet together as a group to do the following:

✦ Listen to informational presentations from guest speakers from a variety of disciplines
✦ Discuss issues that impact the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
✦ Share information and feelings
✦ Provide mutual support
✦ Socialize, eat good food, and laugh together

Benefits obtained from attending our group include:
★ Learning new information and strategies for confronting problems
★ Finding reassurance and support from others with similar life experiences
★ Having the opportunity to be helpful to others
★ Feeling empowered in coping with challenges
★ Developing a connection to a community and personal identification with a social group

TOPICS-Art of Living, 2015

February 19: Dr. Carolyn Bevan will present on ongoing research at UCSF.

March 19: Open discussion- patient led initiatives in MS care- what are we missing?

April 16: Dr. Jennifer Graves will discuss risk factors for MS

May 21: Open discussion

June 18: National MS Society - Mood & Cognition in MS: What You Can Do:
This program features a video and interactive discussion about why people with MS often experience changes in mood and cognitive functioning. The latest information on symptom management will also be discussed - including physical activity, medications and counseling.

July 16: Open discussion

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For those 20's-30's-The Magnificently Sexy (MS) Group

Young or young at heart and want more camaraderie? George White leads this support group with regular meetings out and about the town. Please contact George directly at (415)-724-0064.

Champions Against MS

This live program is in collaboration with the Stanford MS Center, The National MS Society, and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and has dual objectives. Our MS centers and advocacy groups come together to reinforce the community of support for our patients in Northern California.

Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman
moderates dynamic programs with faculty members from each center to deliver the most up to date information borne from contemporary research. These programs transpire every three to six months. Click here for a link to a calender to find our next program.

Most recently, Champions Against MS Lecture Series featured Dr. Bruce Cree from the UCSF MS Center and Dr. Alexandra Goodyear from the Stanford MS Center. Dr. Cree and Dr. Goodyear discussed new disease-modifying therapies and provided updates on others.

Additional Resources

Please visit the following websites to navigate other resources for education and support:

NMSS- National MS Society Northern California Chapter
MSAA- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America