Friday, 18 May 2012

I Am Leading A New Workshop for Caregivers!


I am so pleased to announce that I will be working with a Canadian organization called The Advocacy School - My workshop is for families giving care to a loved one and here is a description from the website.
I hope you'll share with your friends and colleagues!  The plan is to have sponsoring organizations purchase the workshop so that families do not pay.

How to Know What You Want and Get What You Need: An Advocacy Workshop for Families Giving Care
This half-day, “live” workshop is aimed at “giving voice” to families dealing with the challenges of caregiving, providing them with practical ideas and tools with which to gain support in their efforts to care for family and loved ones.This workshop will begin by helping participants break down their needs and match them to potential sources of assistance in their community.  Mapping community assets and linking them to a personal, practical need will assist participants in beginning to learn the ‘how to’s’ of solutions-based advocacy. 
Participants will have the opportunity to share stories of success and failure in accessing help at home and to learn from each other. Participants will leave with a tool-kit of practical, best practice strategies and a personal action plan for pragmatic, successful advocacy in both community and government spheres.
Learning objectives for this highly interactive workshop are:
  • Provide participants with tools, strategies and plans to build a public/private support system consisting of government agencies, community resources and friends and family.
  • Provide participants with a template for breaking down and identifying household and care tasks, culminating in a personal checklist of help that is … helpful.
  • Provide participants with techniques for mapping community resources.
  • Demonstrate effective, solution-based advocacy techniques for working with government representatives, community leaders, friends and family.
  • Provide participants with templates for the development of an action plan to coordinate assistance and ensure effective communication amongst all care partners.

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