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Powerful Tools for Caregivers


Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. This free six week workshop is a highly effective, evidence-based, self-care educational program for family caregivers to build the skills caregivers need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered in two versions: one for adults caring for adults and the other version for adults caring for children with special physical and behavioural needs. All participants will receive “The Caregiver Helpbook” resource book.  We suggest caregivers attend all six sessions of the workshop, where possible.

 All sessions are between 1.5 and 2 hours per week (Children's version is 2 hours) and are offered both in-person and online. Use of computer camera and audio is required for workshop hosted online using the Zoom Platform.


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Session 1:

  • Challenges of Caregiving
  • Managing Self-Care: Principles
  • Using Community Resources
  • Making an Action Plan


Session 2:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Managing Caregiving Stress
  • Identifying Signs and Sources
  • Taking Action: Stress Reducers
  • Using Positive Self-Talk
  • Making an Action Plan
  • Breathing for Relaxation


Session 3:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Good Communication: How to Best Express Yourself
  • Using “I” Messages
  • Avoiding “Hidden You” Messages
  • The Many Uses of “I” Messages (Children’s version only)
  • Making an Action Plan
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation


Session 4:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Being Assertive, Not Aggressive
  • Assertive Communication: DESC
  • Aikido Communication Style
  • Making an Action Plan


Session 5:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Listening to Our Emotions
  • Dealing with Anger and Guilt
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Guidelines for Managing Our Emotions
  • Making an Action Plan
  • Guided Imagery Relaxation


Session 6:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Understanding the Transition Process
  • The Family Meeting
  • Using the Power of Optimism
  • Future Goals and Action Plans
  • Sharing Accomplishments





Workshop Registration

If you would like to register for a Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop, go to Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop Registration or call 1-866-971-5545 for more information.

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