To Whom I May Concern® FACILITATOR TRAINING PROGRAM

To Whom I May Concern® is pleased to offer its Facilitator Training program in Spring 2019. This training will be delivered via Zoom video conferencing. You can participate in training from your home or office!

Start Date: February 2019 for 6 weeks

Where: Zoom video conferencing

What: Two half-day meetings (Friday mornings) on Zoom, followed by six coaching sessions via Zoom as you work with your Sharing Group.

Who Should Attend: Those interested in learning more about a unique community educational program that involves supporting people with the lived experience of dementia in gathering and sharing their stories. Anyone who wants to be a better support group facilitator, or who wants to start a social, advocacy, or support group of people with dementia.

Registration Fees: $500 per person; $450 per person for two or more people registered from the same organization.

Who Should Become a To Whom I May Concern® Facilitator?

The To Whom I May Concern® Facilitator Training is beneficial to people who:

  • Want to learn how to facilitate an early stage support group of people with dementia.
  • Already facilitate a support group but want to take it beyond activities to the next level of honest conversation, sharing, and peer support.
  • Are looking for a unique educational program to promote understanding and awareness of dementia in their communities.
  • Want to build bridges of empathy, understanding, and support between community members with and without dementia.
  • Are currently working with a support or social group of people with dementia that is looking for an advocacy project that empowers them to impact their community.
  • Require a unique program, one that has the voice of people with dementia at its heart, to launch a dementia-friendly communities initiative.

What You Will Learn

As a trained To Whom I May Concern® Facilitator, you will acquire the tools needed to support people with dementia in your local community in sharing their stories about their experience of life after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. A big focus is on listening without assumptions.  No matter how much you think you know about dementia, you’ll learn how to suspend that knowledge so that you can listen with fresh ears.

Through the To Whom I May Concern® facilitator training, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of and steps involved in forming a Sharing Group of people in the early stages of dementia in your community
  • Gain the skills and practical experience necessary to start a conversation with the group about their lived experience of dementia and to listen actively to their shared stories
  • Learn how to assist the Sharing Group in capturing their stories into a theatre format that educates the wider community
  • Know how to build on your Sharing Group members’ renewed confidence and self-esteem and support them to live well with dementia in your community.

From stories to script to performance, after the training you will be ready to return home, eager to invite people living with dementia to share their experience and educate those who care about them.

What's a Sharing Group?

A Sharing Group is a gathering of people from your community who are aware of their recent diagnosis of a form of dementia and who are interested in sharing with others their experience of living with dementia. You may form a new group by inviting people in the early stage of dementia from your senior’s center, faith community, or from referrals from local doctors, neurologists, or memory clinics. Your group may already exist as an Early Stage Support Group of people living with dementia, who want to move past doing activities to talking about their experiences. Your Sharing Group may elect to continue as an active support group even after their To Whom I May Concern® performance!

For more information, please contact us.

Instructors

Maureen Matthews

Maureen Matthews, PhD, RN, To Whom I May Concern® Founder and Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Laura Bowley, To Whom I May Concern® Partner and Director, Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia (Canada)

 

 

For More Information and to Register

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