The PD SELF (Self-Efficacy Learning Forum) eight-module, eight-month Parkinson's disease management program gives people the power to manage their Parkinson’s disease (PD). This program offers the motivation, information, skills, behaviors and philosophical construct to give people with PD improved quality of life.

Participants are provided with a PD SELF Curriculum Field Guide containing the course content for each of the eight modules. 

  1. Adapting to Parkinson’s Disease
  2. Acquiring Self-Efficacy
  3. Benefiting from Exercise and Neuroplasticity 
  4. Understanding PD Medications and Treatments
  5. Understanding Nonmotor Symptoms 
  6. Creating Your Personal Health Care Network 
  7. Strengthening the Relationship Between PWP and Care Partner
  8. Going Forward

PD SELF gradually introduces self-efficacy — the confidence a person has in their ability to achieve a desired result — as the user advances through the modules. Over the eight modules, participants learn how to use the four modes of self-efficacy development to master their own relationship to Parkinson’s. The skills and behaviors learned include:

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Application of self-efficacy
  • Self-monitoring
  • Keeping health care records
  • Communicating with your doctor
  • Establishing new routines
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Problem solving
  • Reflection and journaling
  • Reframing
  • Managing negative emotions
  • Realistic optimism
  • Resilience and tenacity
  • Self-Advocacy


The Field Guide gives a format for each session and for the program, which typically includes:

  • Learning objectives
  • Agenda
  • Outline of medical topic
  • Mini-lectures on self-efficacy topics
  • Work sheets
  • Discussion questions
  • Reading lists
  • Resources, such as videos and webinars
  • References
PD SELF Spanish language program, Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center, Phoenix

PD SELF Spanish language program, Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center, Phoenix