A special workshop series dedicated to caregiver support is now open to registration for care partners throughout the U.S. The special “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” series is now offered over the course of six consecutive weeks – many times free of charge – and available virtually or in person in a number of cities and regions.
Using a curriculum developed over three years of testing, the training was initially focused only on caregivers of adults living with chronic conditions but now also includes parents of children with special needs. With class sizes of eight to 15 people, the workshops – which first launched in 1998 – are led by certified and experienced leaders.
“Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems,” the organization’s website states. “Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems. They often feel they have no control over events, and that feeling of powerlessness has a significant negative impact on caregivers’ physical and emotional health.”
Based in Iowa, the organization works with groups around the country (as well as in Canada and Korea), training more than 4,600 class leaders, to offer the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” workshop series, 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:
- Reducing stress
- Improving self-confidence
- Managing time, setting goals and solving problems
- Communicating feelings
- Making tough decisions
- Finding resources
“After taking this class, I am a more confident caregiver!” writes one class participant from Oregon. “Having tools to resolve problems is a definite advantage in becoming a better caregiver and a happier, wiser, healthier me…and a healthier ‘us.’”
Search for 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.