We’ve got resources to help you make your support meetings effective and meaningful, including a 12-month curriculum and material you can use. (Want a more robust curriculum? Check out our session recordings from our Second Annual National Caregiving Conference and companion Leader’s Guide.)
Resources to Start a Support Group
- Listen to our webinar, How to Start a Caregiving Support Group
- Listen to Support Group Best Practices Webinar
- Starting a Caregiving Support Group: 10 Quick Tips
- Join our Forum for Support Group Leaders
Resources for Monthly Support Group Meetings
You’ve started your group. How do you create a group that offers helpful material and ensures members engage in caring conversations?
Denise, Caregiving.com’s founder, leads free webinars which support groups have long used. Now, we’re making it even easier to use our material at no cost to you. Our 12-month curriculum and material ensure your meetings have a purpose and conversations that matter. When you sign up, below, you’ll receive a monthly email with a link to a webinar and a facilitator guide. You can share the link to the webinar to your support group for members to watch before meeting. You then lead a discussion about the webinar during your monthly meeting. Or, you can watch the webinar with your group and then lead a discussion afterward. The webinars last 30 minutes which leaves you 30 minutes of discussion for an hour-long meeting.
You can personalize our curriculum to meet your group’s specific needs. For instance, if your group meets at your house of worship, you can lead a discussion based on the webinar that speaks to your group’s religious beliefs. We provide the foundation and you build what you need.
Use our curriculum if you meet in person or virtually. You can use our curriculum if your group meets through a community organization, at a house of worship, in the workplace or informally at a friend’s home.
2018 Support Group Curriculum
- The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey (Part 1)
Throughout the caregiving journey, the role of family caregiver evolves – and so should the services and the support they receive. The Caregiving Years describes the path that family caregivers take – from Expectant Caregiver, to Freshman Caregiver, to Entrenched Caregiver, to Pragmatic Caregiver to Transitioning Caregiver to Godspeed Caregiver. Most important, the stages–and their related Stumbles and Steadies–provide a map for family caregivers to navigate successfully through the caregiving journey. In this first part, we’ll cover the first three stages.
- The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey (Part 2)
Throughout the caregiving journey, the role of family caregiver evolves – and so should the services and the support they receive. The Caregiving Years describes the path that family caregivers take – from Expectant Caregiver, to Freshman Caregiver, to Entrenched Caregiver, to Pragmatic Caregiver to Transitioning Caregiver to Godspeed Caregiver. Most important, the stages–and their related Stumbles and Steadies–provide a map for family caregivers to navigate successfully through the caregiving journey. In this first part, we’ll cover the second three stages.
- Surviving Caregiving: The Power of Acceptance
How do you survive caregiving? A key component is acceptance. And, that’s easier said than done. There’s so much to accept in caregiving–how is it possible? How in the world can it really help? In “Surviving Caregiving: The Power of Acceptance,” Denise M. Brown of Caregiving.com will share ways to move to acceptance so that caregiving seems doable rather than just plain awful. At the end of the webinar, you’ll have a plan in place to accept.
- Surviving Caregiving: Letting Go
How do you survive caregiving? A key component is letting go. Often, we hold on so tight that we strangle opportunities to get help, to improve our days and to manage the tough moments. In “Surviving Caregiving: Letting Go,” Denise M. Brown of Caregiving.com will share ways to move from holding on too tight to letting go just right. At the end of the webinar, you’ll have a plan in place to let go of what holds you back.
- Planting Your Seeds for Your Future
The intensity of caregiving can mean days that never end. When the days of caregiving seem endless, how can you plan for your future? A future beyond caregiving? In this webinar, Denise will help you create a vision of your future — a vision full of possibilities without any guilt.
- Dispelling Doubt: Caregiving with Clarity
What do, when to do, how to do it: That’s a caregiving day. Add in your caree’s confusion and that’s a caregiving bad day. In this 45-minute webinar, Denise will help you find the triggers in your day which feed into your self-doubt and dampen your confidence. Once you understand the source for your doubts, you’ll be able to make changes in your routine and your day to keep your confidence.
- Finding Your Answer to Those Awful Questions
In our annual family caregiver survey, we asked, “What’s the worst question you get asked?” And, wow, you told us the doozy of a question you get asked about your caregiving situation. So, in this webinar, we’ll share the worst questions you get asked (including “Why don’t you put your caree in a nursing home?”) and help you find your powerful answer.
- Escape! Taking a Break Without Taking a Leave
In our 2011 Annual Family Caregiver Survey, we asked: When was/is the hardest time for you in your caregiving role? 32% of respondents said their hardest time was when they were exhausted from not taking a break. In this webinar, Denise will offer ideas on how you can escape without taking a leave from the house.
- Holding Effective Family Meetings
In this 40-minute webinar, we share tips to use to ensure your family meetings accomplish what’s needed.
- Ending the Blame Game
Ooooh, you want to blame someone (anyone!) for a bad day, a bad month and, what may feel like, a bad life. Even worse, sometimes, you just blame yourself. When you play the blame game, everyone loses. We’ll help you end the game so you can win.
- 10 Gifts to Give Yourself
It’s the holiday season–why not give to yourself? We’ll help you shop for the best free gifts you can find. Join Denise for this webinar so you’ll know which gifts to place under your tree — just for you.
- Seven Ways to Make 2019 Your Most Special Year
How do you make the most of the New Year? Learn seven ways to make 2019 your most special year.
To receive our monthly emails which include a link to a webinar and facilitator’s guide, just sign up, below. You’ll receive your first email immediately upon signing up, below.
Want to start a group but need a facilitator? Email Denise for information on hiring a facilitator for in-person and virtual support group meetings.
Coming soon: A support group curriculum for those adjusting to life after caregiving ends.