A series of special workshops dedicated to supporting caregivers is now open for registration for care partners across the nation in multiple cities and regions.
Using a program developed over three years of testing, the training was initially focused only on carers of adults living with chronic conditions, but now also includes parents of children with special needs. With classes of eight to 15 people, the workshops – which were first launched in 1998 – are led by certified and experienced facilitators.
“Research studies show high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems,” the organization’s website says. “Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems. They often feel they have no control over events, and this feeling of helplessness has a significant negative impact on the physical and emotional health of caregivers.
Based in Iowa, the organization works with groups across the country (as well as in Canada and Korea), training more than 4,600 classroom leaders, to deliver the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” workshop series. Naturals”, which is available in English, French, Spanish and Korean. Caregivers can search by state to find upcoming classes in their area, and also search for classes offered in-person or virtually.
The goals of the class are to teach caregivers valuable self-care skills, including:
- Reduce stress
- Improve self-confidence
- Manage time, set goals and solve problems
- Communicate feelings
- Make tough decisions
- Find resources
“After taking this course, I am a more confident caregiver!” writes a class participant from Oregon. “Having problem-solving tools is a definite benefit to becoming a better caregiver and a happier, wiser, healthier self…and a healthier ‘we’.”
Find classes in your area — or view all upcoming classes to find a virtual option — on the Powerful Tools for Caregivers website, or learn more by contacting the group at [email protected] or 515-294-8521.