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Caregiver Wellness and Self-Care: (Re)Discovering Your Value

Caring for others is vital but challenging work.

This presentation highlights the difficulties of explaining the value of your caregiver's role to families, outsiders, and yourself when the care work you provide may sometimes be misunderstood, dismissed, or even rejected.

In this interactive webinar, Donna Thomson and Dr. Zachary White will help you more effectively communicate the importance of your and your staff's care work to increase client understanding. This presentation will also help you improve your own role satisfaction and self-care so you can sustain the quality and satisfaction of your care contributions.

About our speakers
Donna Thomson
Caregiver, author and advocate
Donna Thomson is a caregiver, author and advocate. Her experience was shaped by caring for her son who has cerebral palsy and for her mother who died at age 96 after living the last part of her life with dementia. Donna is the co-author (with Dr. Zachary White) of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation of Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving (The House of Anansi Press, 2014). Donna is a co-designer and co-instructor of The Family Engagement in Research Course and the facilitator of the Caregiving Essentials Course both at McMaster University.
Zachary White, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Zachary White earned his Ph.D. in communication from Purdue University and is an Associate Professor of Communication in the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte.  Dr. White’s research and teaching focus on helping people manage meaning and communicate challenging life and work experiences amidst high levels of uncertainty and stress, including caregiver communication and end-of-life communication. He is the co-author (with Donna Thomson) of the book, “The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver” (Rowman & Littlefield). He is currently serving as a member of North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Healthy Aging.

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