Programs > Diabetes Self-Management Program

The teaching process for the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) makes it highly effective. Classes are highly participatory. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.


  • Small group workshop
  • 2-1/2 hours per session
  • 1 session per week for 6 weeks


  • Community settings such as churches, hospitals, senior centers and worksites


  • People with type 2 diabetes
  • 10 to 20 participants per workshop

Topics and Skills Covered

  • Monitoring blood sugar levels
  • Foot care
  • Preventing or delaying complications
  • Goal-setting and making an action plan
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Healthy eating
  • Communication
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Medication usage