Caregiving can be a stressful, isolating, and overwhelming experience. And with the COVID-19 pandemic many caregivers are experiencing added levels of stress and anxiety.

Our award-winning COMPASS for the Caregiver program helps caregivers balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving and is facilitated by someone who understands those challenges.

This COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop is being held online over the span of 4 consecutive weeks. Before registering please ensure that you can virtually attend all 4 sessions listed below.

Wednesday, May 6th (1:00pm-3:00pm)

  • Module 1: Caregiver Characteristics – Recognize your strengths, needs, and challenges as a caregiver and take pride in your role. You’ll examine emotions and feelings in this module and help put challenging thoughts into perspective.

Wednesday, May 13th (1:00pm-3:00pm)

  • Module 2: Managing Stress – Learn how stress can lead to burnout and what you can do to prevent or recover from burnout. We’ll explore grief and loss and how to foster hope and seek balance in caregiving.

Wednesday, May 20th (1:00pm-3:00pm)

  • Module 3: Balancing Relationships – Improve your communication skills to identify what you need, ask for help, and share the care. The hardest lesson as a caregiver is to regain your identity as a whole person by taking care of yourself first.

Wednesday, May 27th (1:00pm-3:00pm)

  • Module 4: Navigating the System – Increase your confidence in accessing services, reflect on your caregiving journey, and plan for the future to avoid the stress associated with uncertainty.

The COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop has a $300 value. Thanks to sponsorship from Caregivers Alberta this course is being offered for a $45.00 manual and registration fee. Please note this is a 4-week commitment.

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COMPASS Facilitator Training – Edmonton: March 18, 2020. 9AM – 4PM

If you are interesting in becoming a qualified facilitator of our award-winning COMPASS for the Caregiver program, Caregivers Alberta provides a full-day of facilitator training to prepare you to deliver the workshop.

  • Training is delivered by an experienced facilitator, and includes a facilitator manual, participant workbook and supplemental resources.
  • Available to agencies, professionals and individuals who work in the caregiving field, have previous facilitation experience, and a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of caregivers.
  • Cost is $695 per person. Lunch is provided.
  • A pre-requisite of previous attendance in a COMPASS for the Caregiver course is required.

After completing the training and being designated a facilitator, you can deliver COMPASS in your community, agency, or place of employment. Caregivers Alberta supports COMPASS partners and facilitators by handling all workshop registration; evaluation and advertising tools; all program materials (manuals for registered participants); and access to additional resources.

For more information please contact our Provincial Program Lead (jlowther@caregiversalberta.ca). We do offer group discounts.

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We have updated our COMPASS program and modified the workshop curriculum.

If you are already a registered COMPASS facilitator with Caregivers Alberta and are interested in continuing to deliver COMPASS in your community, we are offering a refresher training course to prepare you in delivering the new curriculum and workshop modules.

  • Training is delivered by an experienced facilitator, and includes a facilitator manual, participant workbook and supplemental resources.
  • Available to existing COMPASS facilitators.
  • Cost is $100 per person. Lunch is provided.
  • Requires signing a facilitators agreement with Caregivers Alberta, renewable every 2 years.

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