The SCALE Program returns on October 5th 2021!
Nurturing Mental Health and Wellness for Caregivers
The SCALE Program (Supporting Caregiver Awareness, Learning and Empowerment) aims to empower caregivers with practical information and skills to focus on their own mental health and well-being needs by offering:
- Weekly psychoeducational webinars (LIVE or RECORDED) divided into two 4-week sessions (see below for Session 1 and Session 2 topics).
- Strategies, tools, and resources to better cope with difficult caregiving emotions
- Free and confidential online group &/or individual counselling (OPTIONAL). Space is limited, registration is based on first come, first-served basis.
Webinars were designed to focus on a series of subjects that are applicable to new or experienced caregivers, positioning you and your mental health at the centre of the sessions.
You may register for all of Session 1, Session 2, or individual webinars to suit your needs. As a caregiver, we understand how valuable your time is and that is why we developed a program to best suit your schedule.
If you are unable to attend the live sessions of the webinars, you can still watch the recording! Simply register for the webinar topic of interest and at the end of the live webinar an exclusive link to watch the recording will be sent to you.
When the program is finished, videos from previous sessions can be watched publicly on our YouTube channel
SESSION 1: UNDERSTANDING THE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE OF CAREGIVING
OCTOBER 5 to 26, 2021 (Tuesdays from 12 PM to 1PM EST)
Week 1: Your Caregiving Journey
Explore the stages of caregiving and deepen your understanding of the care recipient’s experience.
Week 2: How Caregiving Stress Affects You
Explore the physical, emotional, and mental impacts of caregiving.
Week 3: How Caregivers can Manage Anxiety & Anger
Explore where feelings of anxiety and anger come from, and how to manage them in the context of your caregiving role.
Week 4: How Caregivers can Overcome Sadness & Guilt
Learn to overcome feelings of sadness and guilt that may be overwhelming you.
SESSION 2: STRATEGIES FOR CAREGIVER MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING
NOVEMBER 2 to 23, 2021 (Tuesdays from 12 PM to 1PM EST)
Week 1: Become a Mindful Caregiver
Explore the seven attitudes of mindfulness and how this can be integrated into your caregiving relationship.
Week 2: The Self-Compassionate Caregiver
Manage your inner critic through developing your soothing self.
Week 3: Find Your Caregiving Strengths
Explore the top attributes and resources that you already possess that enable you to succeed in your caregiving role.
Week 4: Time for Self-Care while Caregiving
Explore strategies on how to integrate psychological and physical tools to manage your mental health daily.
Online Group and Individual Counselling
All counselling and coaching sessions are free of cost and confidential.
Sessions are delivered by trained mental health providers through Dynamic Health in Toronto, Ontario with personal caregiving experience and/or caregiving expertise. Only registered participants will receive an online booking link to sign-up for counselling services. Space is limited and based on a first-come first-serve basis. Counselling sessions are only available to residents of Ontario.
To receive the maximum benefit from group or individual counselling, it is highly encouraged you register for the full session of psychoeducational webinars if planning to access these services.
Online Group Counselling
What does the group counselling offer?
- Guided awareness practice.
- Explore weekly webinar topic.
- Realize that you are not alone.
- Give and receive support with other caregivers.
1:1 telephone counselling
What does individual counselling offer?
- Individualized support and validation.
- 30 minute or 45-minute options.
- Options outside of set shifts.
- Opportunity for problem-solving.
Scale Program Facilitators
Shoshana Kulik (MSW, RSW)
Shoshana Kulik (MSW, RSW) is a Registered Social Worker who provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples at Dynamic Health Collaborative in North York. Shoshana has provided support to caregivers through the SCALE program since fall 2020. She works compassionately to help caregivers feel supported and has a strong awareness of the physical and emotional challenges that caregivers experience. She has run many support groups, including those for individuals struggling with grief and for those impacted by a loved one’s illness. Shoshana utilizes the strengths-based model which capitalizes on a client’s strengths to foster growth, as well as a solution-focused approach. Her history of being a spiritual leader can help those who appreciate spirituality to find strength from the spiritual to help deal with challenging times.
Naomi Levine (MSW RSW)
Naomi Levine (MSW RSW)
is a Registered Social Worker who provides psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups at Dynamic Health Collaborative in North York. She has worked in youth corrections, a trauma program for children, youth and their families, and, currently, practices trauma-informed psychotherapy with adults and families. She has been an intersessional lecturer at McMaster University, teaching Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy to undergraduate students. She also supervises graduate students who are completing their clinical internships. Naomi completed her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2008. Naomi brings curiosity and compassion to her work with caregivers, giving them the space to explore their struggles and cultivate self-compassion and effective self-care.
Malki Nadoff (AAPC CMCC)
Malki Nadoff (AAPC CMCC) is a Certified Coach and Counsellor providing relationship and emotion coaching at Dynamic Health Collaborative in North York. Malki has personal experience caring for aging parents who struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease and other complex medical issues. Using both positive psychology and a goal-oriented approach, Malki helps caregivers navigate the difficulty inherent in caring from aging parents. She works with compassion and sensitivity helping caregivers acknowledge and appreciate the rewards that can come with caring for one’s parents. She is also a speaker at non-profit events empowering individuals to work through difficult family dynamics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to create an account with eventbright to register for The SCALE Program?
No! OCO uses Eventbrite for registration and communication purposes only. You do not need to create an Eventbrite account to register for the SCALE Program. Simply provide your name, email and some questions regarding your caregiving experience.
Can this program help me with feelings of anger, sadness or guilt as a caregiver?
Yes! The SCALE program is designed to help caregivers unpack difficult emotional experiences in related to caregiving while also providing meaningful strategies to enhance their mental wellness.
I feel burned out and completely exhausted. Will this program help me with caregiver burnout?
Yes! We highly recommend watching the topics that resonate with your burnout and to sign-up for group or individual counselling right away to receive professional support, as sessions are limited.
Can this program help me navigate the system and get help for my care recipient?
No! This program focuses on the caregiver’s mental wellness and although system navigation may cause caregivers distress, it will focus on how to change your thinking around it instead of helping you find the exact support you are looking for. Check-out our Helpline for community navigation support.
Can this program help me manage relationship difficulties with my care recipient or family members?
Yes! A lot of caregiver’s sign-ups for group or individual counselling where they can go more into detail about their relationships that are causing negative emotions. It is helpful to watch the webinars and then meet with a counsellor to help you apply it to your situation.
Do I have to join for the whole 4-weeks?
No! We understand the flexibility caregivers need. Sign-up for any weeks you are interested in or have the time for.
Can I sign-up halfway through the program?
Yes! Registration for each weekly topic will remain open until the webinar goes live on that date.
Is there a way to re-watch a live webinar if I missed it?
Yes! We have pre-recorded webinars on all weekly topics. You must have registered to access the exclusive link when the program is running, however, all recorded webinars will be published for anyone to access on our YouTube Channel once the program is over.
Do I need to participate in the counselling sessions?
No! Both group and individual counselling sessions are optional after each weekly topic is presented.
Are the counselling sessions free?
Yes! Both group and individual counselling sessions are free of cost and confidential if you are looking for additional support within your caregiving role.
Do I need to watch the webinar before I sign-up for counselling?
Preferably! There is no requirement, but we have noticed both the caregiver and counsellor benefit greatly from having the caregiver review the webinar before the session.
This program is brought to you by the Ontario Caregiver Organization in partnership with Dynamic Health Clinic.
For caregiving video tips related to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.
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