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Carer Workshops

Carers WA provides workshops facilitated by the Counselling team that cover various aspects of the caring relationship. They focus on a range of topics designed to educate and facilitate wellbeing to assist carers in empowering themselves so they can engage in their caring role more confidently and for longer. 

Who should attend?
You can attend if you are caring for a family member or friend who is living with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who is frail aged.

Workshop descriptions

Agent of Change

Part of maintaining positive health in your role as a carer is often about knowing where to draw the line between yourself and the person you care for.  How do we create positive boundaries within our relationships?  This workshop explores the communication patterns we have, how they prevent us from hearing and receiving what we need to support ourselves and those we care for. Learning to move beyond anger, guilt and shame to move towards healthy long lasting relationships.

The Pit

The Pit focuses on how carers can come to feel trapped in the way they are in their caring role.The Pit aims to explore how we acknowledge uncertainty in our lives, looks at assumptions, expectations, values and our needs, working to develop some perspectives and strategies to help carers to try different things to get out of their ‘pit’.

State of Mind

The first part of this workshop explores the link between our bodies and minds. This workshop details, from a neurophysiological perspective, links between your body and mind using examples such as Depression and Anxiety. The second part involves exploring constructive and creative ways of managing our bodies and minds when we feel distress.

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is a natural process in the caring role which often leads to burn-out. Maintaining empathy is hard and can take its toll at times. The aim of this workshop is to enable carers to have skills that might prevent compassion fatigue, giving them a deeper understanding and keys to maintaining the empathic position.

Drumming for Health and Happiness

People may find it difficult to verbally communicate with others for various reasons. This workshop is designed to facilitate communication and connectivity through the power of drumming. The rhythmic drumming can help carers connect to themselves and others. No musical experience is required and drums will be provided.

Grief and You

In this workshop we focus on loss and the process of grief as separate to the experience of bereavement. All of us experience loss in life, especially carers and these losses can result in feelings of grief that are often difficult to hold and explore. Being a part of the workshop will help you find a perspective on the losses you may have experienced in your caring role and explore the process of grieving, allowing it to be seen and experienced as a natural part of life. 

Dementia focused workshop descriptions

Dementia, Grief and You

Do you or a loved one have a diagnosis of dementia? Are you concerned that you or a loved one might have dementia? In this workshop we will be exploring how dementia can affect the person with the illness and those who care for them. We will be mainly focusing on the losses that dementia can bring about for the person living with the condition and their loved ones and how to care for yourself as you process the diagnosis and grieve the losses.

ACT on Dementia Workshop

In this workshop using Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles and techniques we will help those who are struggling with the thoughts and feelings of having or caring for a loved one who has dementia. The more we struggle, the deeper we sink. This workshop explores ways that we can relate to difficult thoughts and feelings better. It will also help you discover how to lead a more meaningful life with dementia.

For more information
Call Carers WA on 1300 CARERS (1300 227 377) or email events@carerswa.asn.au.

Workshops are run across WA. Look out for dates and venues in our newsletters, e-bulletins or by visiting our calendar of events.