SCALE Program

As a completely flexible program designed to meet your unique needs and schedule as a caregiver, the SCALE Program (Supporting Caregiver Awareness, Learning and Empowerment) aims to empower you with practical information and skills to enhance self-awareness with a focus on your own needs and well-being. The program consists of:

  • a series of six weekly webinars
  • online group coaching
  • one-on-one, individualized telephone counselling.

Back by popular demand for the second time beginning May 19, 2020, you can register for all or just one of the components of the program. As Caregivers, we understand that flexibility is key!

SCALE Program Webinars

The SCALE Program webinars were designed to focus on a series of subjects that are applicable to new or experienced caregivers positioning you and your well-being at the centre of the sessions.

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  • The Caregiver Role

    The transition into the role of Caregiver comes in the form of three stages. Flowing through these stages, at different points of a caregiver’s experience, each stage has its own emotional challenges and growth experiences. This week we will explore the stages of the caregiver experience, the shifts it brings to your relationship with your care recipient, and we will begin discussing shifts you can make to improve your experience as a caregiver.

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  • The Care Recipient’s Experience

    Relationships, especially close relationships, are complicated. Many factors further complicate the relationship between yourself and the person you are caring for. Enhancing our understanding of the other’s personal experience and internalizing empathy, as well as determining healthy boundaries, helps to maintain health within otherwise complex relational dynamics. These topics, as well as a communication toolbox, will be explored in this week of the program.

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  • Effects of Caregiving on the Body-Mind

    The stress of caring for a person with an illness can take both a physical and mental toll on a caregiver. In this session, you will begin to understand how the nervous system responds during this time, and how this can be both helpful and harmful to the body. The difference between stress and burnout will be discussed, as well as key signs of when to seek outside help.

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  • Overcoming Painful Thoughts & Emotions

    Automatic negative thoughts are uninvited mental narratives that shadow our understanding of reality. In this session the different types of automatic negative thoughts will be described, as well as how leaving these unchecked can lead to the development of emotions such as anger, sadness, anxiety and grief that are common in caregiving relationships. This week will be an opportunity to learn ways to reframe our thinking so that we allow room for curiosity and a healthy relationship with reality.

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  • Self Compassion and Mindfulness

    In this session, we will learn how to utilize the mind-body connection to bring relaxation, self-compassion and overall mindfulness to our experiences. There is significant research demonstrating the positive impact of practicing mindfulness techniques on one’s emotional health and ability to cope with ongoing stress. This will be explored in the context of the caregiver role.

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  • Communicating with the Healthcare Team

    Caregivers that are equipped with tools and strategies to interact effectively with healthcare providers feel a greater sense of control and can ensure that their care recipient’s needs are addressed in the best way possible. In this session, we will show you how to communicate with the healthcare team and how to ask for what you need.

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If you are unable to attend the live sessions of the webinars, they will be recorded and available here after each event and will be available until September 30, 2020.

Online Group Coaching and One-on-one Telephone Counselling

SCALE Online Group Coaching and One-on-one Telephone Counselling is available to all caregivers and can be combined with or without the SCALE program webinars.

  • Book your session today

    The coaching and counselling sessions are confidential. The booking for these sessions is through a secure and confidential link where you will be prompted to book a time of day that is most convenient for you. Please note that these sessions are limited and are first registered, first served.

    Visit: https://dynamic-health.janeapp.com. At the bottom of this page, you will find the dedicated Ontario Caregiver Organization sessions for your to choose from.

    Online Group Coaching Sessions (Sessions are one hour in length for each of the six weeks that these sessions are offered)

    • Tuesdays at 12 p.m
    • Wednesdays at 1 p.m
    • Fridays at 10:30 a.m

    One-on-one Phone Counselling Schedule (Sessions are 45 minutes in length for each of the six weeks that these sessions are offered)

    • Thursday May 21, 2020 – 10 a.m-2 p.m
    • Thursday May 28, 2020 – 2 p.m-6 p.m
    • Thursday June 4, 2020 – 8 a.m-12 p.m
    • Thursday June 11, 2020 – 2 p.m-6 p.m
    • Thursday June 18, 2020 – 8 a.m-12 p.m
    • Thursday June 25, 2020 – 2 p.m-6 p.m

     

Scale Program Facilitators

  • Leah Weisberg

    Leah Weisberg (RN, BC-NC) is a Nurse Psychotherapist & Coach and Director of Interprofessional Practice at Dynamic Health Clinic in Toronto. She is a Board Certified Nurse Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation and views each person and situation from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens. Leah has seen first-hand the way caregiving affects one’s physical and emotional health, and she works with formal and informal caregivers on developing personal wellness plans that allow one to be in a better place to provide care to others. Leah is passionate about showing caregivers the power that relationships can have on the well-being of individuals and has worked with many nurses looking to decrease the stress involved in caring for sick patients. Leah is Past-President of the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association and a member of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses. She lives in Toronto and spends her time advocating for an integrative approach to healthcare. She speaks to a variety of audiences about the ways in which the body and mind are connected.

  • Michal Goldstein

    Michal Goldstein (RSW) is a Registered Social Worker working at Dynamic Health Clinic in Toronto where she sees adults for individual, couples and group counselling. She is also the founder of Creating Connections, a play-based therapy practice in Toronto, where she works with children suffering from mental health and behavioral challenges. She has over a decade of experience working with caregivers to support them in improving their ability to cope with the challenges inherent in caring for someone else. Michal has developed numerous workshops and support group programs utilizing knowledge of interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness techniques to support individuals suffering from physical health, mental health, and parenting challenges. She is passionate about bringing evidence-based practice to the forefront of the clinical social work field. Michal knows both first-hand and from professional experience, the challenges that come with caring for someone with a physical and mental health illness and is grateful for the opportunity to bring more awareness, education and support to this community.

For caregiving video tips related to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.

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