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 Wednesday December 6, 2017.

“It Ain’t So Easy!”
Strategies to Survive the Long Haul and
Support Your Health and Sense of Well-being

The challenges of caregiving are undeniable. They are also complicated, real, often overwhelming and sooner or later – exhausting. Sometimes they seem insurmountable, never-ending. Anyone who has ever found themselves, through circumstances or by choice, in the role of a caregiver experiences this truth. Caregiving isn’t easy!

At our last Caregivers Forum of 2017, we will identify some of the most problematic issues or situations that create or exacerbate stress for caregivers. With this as a springboard, we’ll delve into why it’s important to identify these stressors and offer a number of ways to deal with and reduce the day-in and day-out challenges associated with caregiving. There’s no magic wand but by developing clarity about the events and circumstances that are the most problematic and stressful for us, we’re able to create space for new perspectives and coping strategies that we can use to support and take care of ourselves – helping us survive the long haul. The focus of this forum will be a training on how to access and use these coping tools.

December’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.

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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