To Whom I May Concern® is pleased to offer its Facilitator Training program in Fall 2017. The last day to register for this session is October 27, 2017.
When: November 2 & 3, 2017
Where: Stamford, CT, conveniently accessible from La Guardia and JFK airports.
What: Two-day intensive, 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.
Cost: $450 per person; $350 per person for additional 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?
Facilitator Training Includes…
Training begins with two intensive days, followed by ongoing education and guidance via video conference sessions.
Two-Day Intensive Training
The first two days of training, which takes place November 2-3, 2017 in Stamford, CT, include:
- Interactive workshops
- Experiential exercises
- The opportunity to work closely with people with dementia who have previously been part of To Whom I May Concern® projects
- A script writing exercise and mini-performance
- The chance to join the Stamford community in experiencing a full To Whom I May Concern® performance on the evening of November 2.
When you are ready to start meeting with a Sharing Group of people with dementia, we will have six video conference meetings with you for guidance, support, and encouragement. We will assist you through the steps of the To Whom I May Concern® process: Invitation, facilitating the Sharing Groups, Script Writing, and Performance preparation.
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)
- 2-day In-person Intensive
- Community performance of To Whom I May Concern®
- Ongoing Education / Guidance via video conferencing with the course instructors
- Course materials
- Lunch both days
- $450.00 (US Dollars) per person
- $350.00 (US Dollars) per person for the second, third, fourth person etc. from the same organization
Please note: the last day to register for this training program is October 27, 2017.
For groups larger than 5 people from one organization, or to pay by check, please contact us. Checks are made payable to: To Whom I May Concern, Inc
Mailing address: 279 Glenbrook Rd, Stamford, CT 06906
For More Information
For more information, please contact us.
Training Location, Accommodations, and Getting to Stamford, CT
Stamford, CT is located approximately 90 minutes north of New York City and just a short train ride from Manhattan! Consider taking this opportunity to visit the Big Apple on the weekend after the two-day training.
The two days of To Whom I May Concern® Facilitator Training will take place in the meeting center of the First Congregational Church, 1 Walton Place, Stamford CT.
The following Stamford hotels are a short taxi ride to the meeting center:
- Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Stamford
- Hotel Zero Degrees, Stamford
- Crowne Plaza Stamford
The closest airports to Stamford are as follows. Ground transportation via shared cab service and public transportation (Metro-North trains) are available: