Family-Caregiver-Experience-4-Part-Series Family Caregiver Experience 4-Part Series: The Unexpected Journey of Caring

Family Caregiver Experience 4-Part Series: The Unexpected Journey of Caring

7/8/2020
7/8/2020 3:30 PM
 

The Caregiver Project Events

The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver 

June 10, June 17, June 24 and July 8, 2020

Join us for this free four-part series starting June 10th, where speakers Donna Thomson and Dr. Zachary White offer an unprecedented intimate portrait of caregiver reality that is urgently needed today. 

When you become a caregiver, everything changes – daily actions, beliefs, hopes, expectations and connections to others. In this series, we will explore what happens to us when we care and turn toward – not away – from our loved ones, and how deep care for another transforms us and our relationships. The insights and strategies offered in this series are designed to help participants begin to make sense of the very experiences that transform them throughout the caregiver role so they can more fully advocate for their loved ones and themselves.


Session #1: When Help Disappoints:
Why Caregivers Sometimes Say No To Support From Family and Friends

There’s nothing more painful and bewildering than being misunderstood and disappointed by people you care about and who you believe care about you. When the people you most want to understand don’t (or can’t), there is fallout, not only to your relationships but also to your ability to navigate your care situation. In this interactive workshop, Donna Thomson and Dr. Zachary White and explore the barriers and rewards of being open to support and help from others.

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m PDT
          12 noon - 1:30 p.m. MDT
          1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT
          2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
          3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ADT
          3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NDT

Registration is required.
To register for this session, please register on Eventbrite.  


Session #2: Caregiver Relationship Confusion:
Reclaiming Meaningful Connections and Self-Compassion

What happens to you and your relationships when you are transformed from a loved one to a caregiver? The caregiver role and relationship is full of paradoxes that can create ongoing challenges. In this interactive workshop, Donna Thomson and Dr. Zachary White identify specific and recurring caregiver relationship challenges and provide communication strategies participants can use to begin rethinking their relationship with their loved one and reclaim the value of their caregiving role.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m PDT
          12 noon - 1:30 p.m. MDT
          1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT
          2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
          3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ADT
          3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NDT

Registration is required.
 To register for this session, please register on Eventbrite.  
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Session #3: Be Your Own Community Organizer

In this interactive workshop, Donna Thomson and Dr. Zachary White will introduce tools such as care and relationship mapping to reveal the personal science of daily needs and match those with hidden assets for community support.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m PDT
          12 noon - 1:30 p.m. MDT
          1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT
          2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
          3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ADT
          3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NDT

Registration is required.
 To register for this session, please register on Eventbrite.  
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Session #4: Putting it all Together:
Designing Your Own Network for Personal and Family Support

Building on the previous sessions in this series, this workshop will demonstrate how to build, coordinate and maintain personal and family support networks, both online and face-to-face.

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m PDT
          12 noon - 1:30 p.m. MDT
          1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT
          2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
          3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ADT
          3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NDT

Registration is required.
 To register for this session, please register on Eventbrite.  
Register on Eventbrite 


Speakers

Donna Thomson

Donna ThomsonDonna Thomson is the co-author of “The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver” and the author of “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving.” Donna is a long-time caregiver both for her son with severe cerebral palsy and for her elderly mother. She is a patient and family advisor on health research and policy and she teaches family caregivers in Canada how to advocate for care in hospitals and in the community at McMaster University and at Huddol.com. She blogs regularly at The Caregiver's Living Room (www.donnathomson.com).







Dr. Zachary White

Dr. Zachary WhiteZachary White, Ph.D., is the co-author of “The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver.” He is an award-winning university professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses addressing topics such as provider-patient communication, caregiver communication, health and illness narratives, digital health literacy, social support and disclosure, and sense-making amidst life transitions. In addition to having been a primary caregiver for his terminally ill mother, White is also an academic who studies caregiving. As the founder of the caregiver blog and resource “The Unprepared Caregiver” (www.unpreparedcaregiver.com), his original writing voice mixes first-hand experiences, communication expertise, and cultural analysis featuring a care-centred point of view.







These sessions are brought to you thanks to a collaboration between March of Dimes Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Ontario Trillium Foundation