Caregiver Support

Kara offers support for caregivers through our Caregivers Forum which brings people together for presentations, group discussions, individual support, and training in skills that can help navigate the many challenges and demands of care giving. Helpful information and links to other support organizations can also be found in our Resources section.

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Caregivers Forum

The Caregivers Forum is designed to anyone charged or entrusted with the responsibility of caregiving. It is open to professional caregivers, as well as those providing care to family, friends or clients across a broad spectrum of needs that include chronic or life-threatening illnesses to caring for and accompanying others through their personal experience of grief. Our next Forum will be held on Tuesday September 19, 2017.

Resilience and Mindfulness: Strategies for Caregivers

Recent studies suggest that higher levels of both resilience and mindfulness are a significant predictor of lower levels of psychological distress and burnout. The theme and purpose Kara’s Fall Caregivers Forum is to increase understanding about the roles and importance of resilience and mindfulness and how these qualities serve to reduce psychological distress, burnout or secondary traumatic stress in caregivers.

Caregiving is, by its very nature, whether for a family member or friend or in the role of a human service professional, laden with challenges for both the caregiver and the care-receiver. It is charged with emotionally demanding stressors and interactions. This obvious and undeniable fact is often a breeding ground for conflicting emotions that lead to negative or deleterious results such as burnout or secondary traumatic stress. In this ‘Forum,’ participants will explore what resilience means in the context of caregiving and learn ten distinct strategies to build resilience and develop immediately practical skills for cultivating and sustaining resilience and mindfulness, as a buffer to the impact of caregiving in their own lives.

September’s Caregivers Forum is designed for both the personal caregiver and family member and for professionals who wish to enhance their competency levels as they relate to client issues around psychological distress, burnout or secondary traumatic stress. All are welcome. While not required, registering for the evening helps us plan accordingly. You can register by clicking on the link above. Additionally, you can sign up on our email contact form below to be notified about Caregivers Forum information.

About the Facilitator: Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and has studied extensively in a number of different contemplative traditions. He is a Certified Stanford CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor and teaches at Stanford University, the University of CA, San Francisco (UCSF), Kaiser Hospitals and in multiple other venues. As a former monastic, he ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and trained with him from 2003 to 2012. He provides bereavement support for adults and children at Kara where he also teaches and co-facilitates ongoing trainings for Adult Services, Youth & Family Services and for the Caregiver’s Forums. Robert also sits on the board of directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

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