The Taking Care of the Caregiver Teleseminar Series is designed to present numerous methods for self-care in a user-friendly format for family caregivers of those with a mental disorder who want information about self-care options to make their lives easier and their care-giving more joyful.
Caregivers generally have limited extra time. The Teleseminar Series will showcase 17 experts who will address ways their expertise can help support the caretaker of a family member with a mental disorder. That’s a lot of information, so the Series is spread over several months, beginning this April.
The series begins April 6, 2015 and goes through September 15, 2015. The seminars will be held on various days of the work week, Monday-Friday, all between 1:00 PM and 6:00 EDT.
Each presentation will be about 45-minutes long, with time allotted for Q&A at the end.
The Teleseminar Series is entirely free of charge to all attendees!
Special Note! Each segment will be taped and made available after each event to caregivers who register for the teleseminar series, even if they can’t attend the live presentation.
Who should attend?
This series is for family caregivers of people with mental disorders, who are looking for resources, practices, ideas, and tools that support their ability to take better care of themselves and/or their loved one.
It can be very difficult to care for someone else, especially if they suffer from an illness; but providing care for those with mental disorders comes with a special set of challenges. Most such patients receive a lot less support from the health care system and their insurance providers, leaving the job up to family members.
Additionally, many people fail to understand mental disorders properly. There’s a strong stigma or shame against mental illness and cognitive disorders that can leave families feeling isolated and afraid. This often happens even when members of the same communities share their experiences.
Fortunately, caregivers don’t have to simply withstand these difficulties alone. There are things that they can do to help them make it through troubled times. One is to take inventory of how well you manage your own self-care. Take a look at how well are you taking care of your physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and work/professional well-being. If you find yourself falling short, you aren’t alone.
These teleseminars were designed to help you navigate these choppy waters.
Your free registration gives you access to all 17 teleseminars!
Here’s what’s included in Taking Care of the Caregiver
When I took the Basic Class from NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) for parents and grandparents of children with a mental illness, one of the things they stressed at the last class was the importance of self-care. They gave us a “Self-Care Inventory” from the Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc. out of Cleveland, OH. That inventory asked us to rate how well we were taking care of ourselves in several areas, including Physical, Psychological, Emotional, Spiritual, and Work Place/Professional Self-Care.
This handout gave me the idea for what to include in this series. I looked for experts that could address these different areas. ~ Batiyah Lampl
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Explore how to reduce your stresses, improve your mental clarity, and process your emotions in a safe, private space through journaling.
April 6 – 1-2 pm EDT
Learn how to change your challenging child’s behavior and bring peace to your home through a proven, positive form of parenting that builds your child’s self-esteem.
April 23- 1-2 pm ET
Overcome blame and frustration and find inner peace with the assistance of a forgiveness counselor and peace educator.
April 28 – 6-7 pm ET
Learn simple awareness practices to assist you to meet yourself, your relationships and your life with curiosity, compassion, and grace. This will strengthen your internal observer so that you can better handle life’s challenges.
May 4 – 4-5 pm ET
Discover yours and your primary relationship’s core personality types through the Enneagram —enabling you to better understand your differences, to communicate more effectively, to better resolve conflicts, and to more fully develop your core types in healthy, productive ways.
June 17, 1-2 pm ET
Learn concrete strategies to make time for yourself, and exercises that you can fit into your daily schedule no matter where you are as you parent your special-needs child. Developing new habits can lead to feeling happy instead of depleted at the end of the day.
June 22 – 12-1 pm ET
Discover and benefit from the gifts of Reiki, an ancient healing modality that brings your mind, body and spirit back into harmony and balance.
July 7 – 2-3 pm ET
Tune in to learn how to use scientific nutrition to manage stress. Nutrient minerals have been described as the “spark plugs” of life. Some minerals are depleted by stress. Other minerals can be too high or too low—contributing to both mental and physical health problems. These issues are easily detected in a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)—guiding supplement choices to regulate stress.
July 16 – 6-7 pm ET
Learn simple breathing exercises with Yoga that can clear stressful emotions and quickly calm you down. When you are calm, others around you also calm down. Staying calm and releasing stress at the end of the day are the main benefits of this presentation.
July 17 – 4-5 pm ET
Do the demands of caregiving require you to start working from home, but you don’t have a clue how to successfully make the transition? Get expert support in exploring viable options—options that support your values, gifts, and passions.
July 29 – 2-3 pm ET
Discover how to cope after receiving the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia in a loved one. Receive a road map that will make this difficult journey much easier, one you can follow in order to provide the best possible care and maximize your loved-one’s experience with this condition.
August 4 – 2-3 pm ET
Reduce burnout factors such as interrupted sleep, missed meals, isolation, emotional overload and lack of support with the help of an empowerment coach. Attain self-empowerment through a variety of skillful methods so both you and your loved one can thrive.
August 10 – 4-5 pm ET
Explore best approaches to healing, recovering, and building individual resilience necessary in overcoming the most trying circumstances and difficult interpersonal relationships. Learn how to break unhealthy habitual patterns with cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness.
August 18 – 4-5 pm ET
Learn how to make your job as a parent much easier and less stressful by raising your child to be compassionate, caring and helpful. Character building from an early age results in less oppositional behavior, higher self-esteem, and more cooperation.
August 25 – 1- 2 pm ET
Learn how to unlock the healing powers of laughter to promote physical wellness and overall wellbeing throughout your life, even in stressful times.
September 1 – 2-3pm ET
Discover practical tools and gain new perspectives on death, grief, joy and optimism. Learn how connecting to the spirit of who you are can transform an experience of loss.
September 15 – 2-3 pm ET
Remember: All recordings are available soon after each teleseminar, and will remain accessible to registrants for a week after the Teleseminar Series ends (mid-September, 2015).
Remember, your free registration gives you access to all 17 teleseminars. We’ll send email reminders as the Series unfolds. So go ahead and sign up now!
All recordings are available soon after each teleseminar, and will remain accessible to registrants for a week after the Teleseminar Series ends (mid-September, 2015).