The SCALE Program begins again on May 4, 2021
Back by popular demand, 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 eight weekly webinars
- online group coaching
- one-on-one, individualized telephone counselling
Select just one topic that you are interested in each week or take the entire program – as a caregiver, we understand how valuable your time is and that is why we developed a program to best suit your schedule.
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.
If you are unable to attend the live sessions of the webinars, or to watch the webinar again, you can find each recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel.
Your Caregiving Journey (May 4, 2021; 12-1pm)
Explore the stages of caregiving and deepen your understanding of the care recipient’s experience.
How Caregiving Stress Affects You (May 11, 2021; 12-1pm)
Explore the physical, emotional, and mental impacts of caregiving.
Becoming a Mindful Caregiver (May 25, 2021; 12-1pm)
Explore the seven attitudes of mindfulness and how this can be integrated into your caregiving relationship.
How Caregivers can Manage Anxiety & Anger (June 1, 2021; 12-1pm)
Explore where feelings of anxiety and anger come from, and how to manage them in the context of your caregiving role.
How Caregivers can Overcome Sadness & Guilt (June 8, 2021; 12-1pm)
Learn to overcome feelings of sadness and guilt that may be overwhelming you.
The Self-Compassionate Caregiver (June 15, 2021; 12-1pm)
Manage your inner critic and be kind to yourself through developing your soothing self.
Find Your Caregiving Strengths (June 22, 2021; 12-1pm)
Explore the top attributes and resources you already possess that enable you to succeed in your caregiving role.
Time for Self-Care While Caregiving (June 29, 2021; 12-1pm)
Explore strategies on how to integrate psychological and physical tools to manage your mental health each and every day.
Online Group Coaching and One-on-one Telephone Counselling
Register for Group Coaching and/or Private Counselling
Group coaching will be available every Wednesday and Monday while private counselling will be available every week by appointment. All sessions are optional to attend if you are looking for additional support. Sessions are free of cost and completely confidential.
Scale Program Facilitators
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 (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.
Shoshana Kulik (RSW) is a registered social worker at the Dynamic Health Clinic. She is caring and empathetic and has experience working at Circle of Care with the elderly. Shoshana has a strong awareness of the possible physical and emotional challenges that can arise from the responsibility of taking care of a loved one. With extensive mental health experience, she understands how the strains of caregiving can affect one’s mental health and that sharing ones’ struggles can give some relief from the stresses of continuous care for others. Shoshana utilizes the Strengths Based Model which capitalizes on a client’s strengths to foster growth. 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.
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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