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           A Three-Session Series for Family Caregivers 
       that you can arrange for your organization/agency 
                         Empowering Caregivers to Cope     
Applying the 3-A Framework: Acknowledge, Assess, Assist                    

The objective of this interactive psychoeducational Three-Session Series is to empower family caregivers by providing them with the tools to self monitor with self awareness for their wellbeing and ability to provide care. They are equipped to strengthen inner resiliency through training in applying the innovative components of the 3-A Coping Framework: Acknowledge, Assess, Assist.


For optimum benefit and engagement, it is recommended to register for the series. It is also beneficial to register separately for each session.


Facilitated by Eleanor Silverberg, Social Worker, Dementia/Caregiving/Grief Specialist

                         Based on Eleanor's books: Keeping It Together: How to Cope as a Family

                         Caregiver; Caregiving with Strength


Session 1: Acknowledging & Addressing the Losses Caregivers Experience

  • Identifying three elements of a strength enhancing regimen with a focus on the element unmasking the different types of losses encountered in the caregiving experience. Also, the components of the 3-A Coping Framework are described as a means of addressing the losses.  


Session 2: Assess Your Caregiving Experience: From Calm to Overwhelming Reaction

  • Exploring and raising awareness of grief as a reaction, not to death but rather to the losses that caregivers experience supporting a family member living with a serious, chronic illness. Specific reactions and different styles of coping with the circumstances are assessed.


Session 3: Assist with Self Nurturing: SEEE for Yourself

  • Providing tips including grief processing to help caregivers cope and offering empowering guidance to self monitor with self awareness for wellbeing and ability to provide care, directing how to apply the 3-A Framework for optimum coping, assisting by acknowledging and assessing strategies.


Where's the Grief?


Grief is most commonly associated with situations where there has been a death. So what happens when people are grieving but nobody has died? Grief really is a part of everyday living.  It has

been acknowledged without dispute that caring for a family member with chronic illness is a grieving experience. The grief can be expressed in many ways and can have a significant impact on the ability to provide care and maintain one's well-being.


Symptoms of grief mimic depression so commonly, the grief is overlooked and caregivers obtain a diagnosis of depression and a prescription for an anti-depressant to relieve the pain.  Although helpful, the grief remains unresolved, unaddressed.  Unfortunately unresolved grief does not dissolve but rather festers until the next loss and then the reaction is magnified or the grief gets manifested in other ways such as ulcers, headaches, or in more serious ways.

There are many benefts to processing one's grief such as empowerment, relief, comfort, peace, and truth in dealing with the core issues related to loss.


Processing your grief assists  family caregivers to cope!!!



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