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Caring for children is frequently exhausting. Parenting children with special needs is even more demanding of families, compounded by the need to navigate and advocate across systems. Driven by love, these families are at high-risk of neglecting themselves and developing compassion fatigue. In this workshop we will begin by exploring the “costs of caring” and its potential physical and emotional toll. Then we will consider research supported strategies that can empower families and build their resistance to ward off compassion fatigue. Systems supports, self-care, and mindful self-compassion will be featured.
About the Presenter
Georgina has a doctoral degree in educational and counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is the Principal of the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) and is an adjunct faculty member at UBC. Georgina has over 20 years of clinical experience supporting both adults and children and is committed to supporting caregivers who are at risk for compassion fatigue. Georgina has had training, supervision and experience and is considered a qualified teacher in several evidence-based mindfulness-based interventions including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT; Oxford University Mindfulness Centre) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion). Georgina’s work with families who have children with ASD is informed both by her professional qualifications as well as her lived experience as a parent of two boys, one with ASD.
9:30 – 10:30 Session 1
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 Session 2
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Session 3
1:30 – 1:45 Break
1:45 – 2:45 Session 4
Note: All times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), UTC -7.
This is a free workshop, made possible by our generous sponsors.