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Focused Self-Care for Caregivers

Focused Self-Care for Caregivers


The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute.  We hope that this program and those to come will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests.

Focused Self-Care for Caregivers

Hosted by Mary Elaine Kiener and Bruce Gibbs         

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US)   
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This Roundtable will be of particular interest to members who have found themselves serving in the role of caregiver, whether for a child, spouse/partner, parent or friend--sometimes in multiple, simultaneous roles. Especially in today's society, with ever-increasing numbers of individuals requiring care, the nurturing, feel-good rewards of care giving are frequently negated by increased levels of exhaustion and mismanaged stress.  

Lacking the restorative power of adequate self-care, harried caregivers can often resort to grasping for some semblance of control over their own lives--which then results in disempowering those for whom they offer care. Instead, might it be possible to integrate Focusing into the care giving process in such a way that both caregiver and care-recipient might reap its benefits?

During this Roundtable, our goal will be to create a spacious time together to freshly invite the following types of explorations:

  • What is it you LOVE most about caregiving?
  • What is it that FRUSTRATES you most about caregiving?
  • What is your current "learning edge" related to caregiving?

Our hope is that individual participants will experience validation, comfort, solace, and perhaps even inspiration as we share our own aliveness with this issue.  Who knows, someone's "love" or "frustration" may be another's "learning edge".

What to expect: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives. All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available.  Registration is limited. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

Your hosts:

Mary Elaine Kiener creatively blends her Focusing teaching and practice with decades of nursing and holistic health expertise, whimsically describing herself as a "transformational midwife".  Her current learning edge involves nurturing the development of learning and healing environments that are "safe" enough to enable participants to become "brave".

Bruce Gibbs, Ph.D. is a longtime Focusing person. He has offered himself as a caregiver numerous times in his life. While no expert, or even close, his interest and curiosity bring him to this Roundtable.

Registration Closes: Sunday, November 12, 2017 or when the limit has been reached, whichever is sooner.

Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The host and co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE:  When you register here, you will be asked to confirm that you are a member. If you are not a member, you may click on the option to receive information about how to become a member. After membership is confirmed and you have registered here, watch for an email containing a link to take you to the conference room at the start time. You will simply click on the link or paste it into your browser to enter the conference.

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