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Powerful Tools for Caregivers 


Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be challenging- physically, emotionally, and financially. 


Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free 6- week educational program that helps you build the skills you need to take better care of yourself as you provide care for others.


This evidence-based workshop helps you to build your self-care toolbox to help reduce stress, improve self-confidence and communication, find balance, and identify valuable community resources.

Some of the skills you will learn are:

  • How to identify and reduce personal stress
  • How to communicate feelings, needs and concerns
  • How to communicate in challenging situations
  • Mastering caregiving decisions


Click Here to view the "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" class promotional video!





Session #1:

  • Introductions
  • Challenges of Caregiving
  • Managing Self-Care: Your Self Care Toolbox
  • Making an Action Plan




Session # 4:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Being Assertive
  • Assertive Communication: DESC
  • Aikido Communication Style
  • Making an Action Plan



Session # 2:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Managing Stress as a Caregiver
  • Stress Reduction Strategies
  • Using Positive Self-Talk
  • Breathing for Relaxation
  • Making an Action Plan

Session # 5:

  • Feedback and Solution-Seeking
  • Listening to Our Emotions
  • Managing Emotions
  • Making an Action Plan



Session # 3:

  • Feedback and Solution Seeking
  • Tools for Expressing your Feelings, Needs and Concerns
  • Using “I” Statements
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Making an Action Plan


Session # 6:

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


Please note: this workshop is held in a highly interactive group setting and requires participation in activities and discussion. All participants will receive a copy of the book “The Caregiver Handbook” as part of the program.  All participants must pre-register.


Upcoming Workshops 2024

Date Time Location Register
September 25- October 30 1:00pm- 2:30pm ONLINE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM Click Here














If the workshop you wish to attend is full, please call us at 1-866-337-3318 or email us to be added to a waitlist


A "VIRTUAL" Classroom

Workshops will be delivered using a password with a secure online videoconferencing tool to create interactive sessions.  Participants will be able to interact with the facilitators and other members of the group. They can choose whether to be on camera.


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