Alberta Caregiver College – Caregiver Learning Series

This project involves a partnership between the Alberta Caregiver College® (ACC®) of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (GRH), Alberta Health Services (AHS), and Alberta Human Services, Ministry of Health.

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Alberta Caregiver College® Webcast Lecture Series for Family Caregivers: supported through a Disabilities Innovation Grant, Alberta Human Sevices.   Recordings are available at no-cost – self registration at

The Lectures

Lecture 1: “The Engaged Caregiver: Caring for Yourself and Your Loved One” by Dr. Brenda Mann, Psychologist on December 16, 2013. The focus of this presentation was around what it means to be a healthy and engaged caregiver. Also explored was a review of natural emotions in caregiving, learning how to let go of stress and frustration, recognizing normal emotional responses in caregiving, and knowing when to seek assistance.

Lecture 2: “Taking Care of You” - The Resilient Caregiver by Garry Wheeler, PhD, RPsych, Vice President, Alberta & Northwest Territories Division, MS Society of Canada on January 29, 2014. The focus of this presentation was tools and strategies for caregivers to manage after traumatic or stressful events.

Lecture 3: “Caregiving through the years” by Mrs. Mufty Mathewson on February 5, 2014. In her book Courage After Coma Mufty talks about a family's recovery from her daughter's severe brain injury. Mufty’s love of and experience in photography helped her to document her daughter’s amazing journey during that time. Her presentation was illustrated with photographs and practical hints for remaining centered while caregiving.

Lecture 4: “Living Well – Perspectives in Caregiving” by Kevin Wallace, MEd., Registered Provisional Psychologist Doctoral Candidate, Pre-Doctoral Resident, Counselling Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Department of Psychosocial and Spiritual Resources, Alberta Health Services, CancerControl – Cross Cancer Institute on February 19, 2014 and provided a perspective on caregiving through the science of positive psychology.

Lecture 5: “Caregivers and Relationships” by Shaniff Esmail, PhD., MSc.,OT (C), Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta. This presentation was held March 13, 2014 as part of a 2-part presentation on the impact of caregiving on relationships. Part 1 of the presentation was focused on the partner/marital relationship and Part 2 was focused on sexuality and intimacy issues when the person with the disability is a family member. Due to technical issues, only Part 1 of the presentation was recorded.

Lecture 7: Med Rec, on May 21, 2014 by Dawn Vallet-MacDonald, RN, MSC, AHS. The focus of the presentation was to review the province wide implementation of the MedRec campaign including creating a Medication List for family members and the role of the caregiver in medication management.

Lecture 8: “Better Choices-Better Health” by Karen Sadler, Coordinator, Alberta Healthy Living, AHS Self-Management & Diverse Populations. This presentation focused on caregivers supporting someone with a chronic health condition. An overview of the Stanford-based Better Choices, Better Health™ program was provided and caregivers were engaged in conversation regarding small steps that can be taken to improve control of health.

Lecture 9: “Navigating Ethical Challenges in Caregiving” by Gary Goldsand, Clinical Ethicist, AHS on June 23, 2014. The focus of this presentation was on highlighting some of the areas where caregivers might be able to provide assistance regarding ethical challenges that can arise, such as: Advance Care Planning and Personal Directives; “Shared decision making” for patients with reduced insight and ability; evolving care goals as patients decline; finding the right balance between maximizing safety, and living with risks; and caregiver burnout and moral distress.

Lecture 10: “Communication and Caring” by Megan Petryk, SLP and River Wilson, SLP, GRH, AHS on July 9, 2014. The presentation focused on a variety of potential strategies and ideas, including the use of technology for increasing communication effectiveness between caregivers and partners.

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