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 Thursday March 30, 2017.

Is it Compassion Fatigue?

As caregivers, we share the wish to be kind in the face of challenge; strong, courageous and honest in the face of suffering, and the wish to be real. Among the many challenges that caregivers face are the issues of burn-out and compassion fatigue which can happen anytime. We'll take a close look at compassion fatigue – what it is, what it isn’t, and explore practical methods to ease the suffering associated with illness, dying and death. This Forum is offered for people facing or living with life-threatening or chronic illness, as well as for caregivers to those diminished by illness or age and grieving the loss or impending loss of a loved one. It 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 aging, illness, death and bereavement. Light refreshments will be provided.

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.

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.

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