Communication & Self-Care for Caregivers


Find support & explore tools for reducing your stress & improving communication with your loved ones.

Caregivers are Canada’s unsung heroes. It’s estimated caregivers contribute $5 billion of unpaid labour to the health care system. When a loved one is injured or ill caregivers face multiply stressors, scarce resources and few road maps for navigating this new and exhausting terrain.

This workshop will explore the challenges and importance of carving out time for self-care, and solutions to the common communication pitfalls with family, friends and professionals.

Through discussions, presentations, role-playing and script building you will learn tools to de-escalate conflicts, increase guilt free self-care and improve communications with your loved ones.



Workshop Facilitators:

Carrie MacKinnon, MSW

Carrie explore the challenges of self-care for caregivers. In a break-out session she facilitate how to develop your own personalized self-care tool kit. Carrie has over 10 years of experience providing case management, assessment and support to adults living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. She is the BIST Peer Support Coordinator and Young Adult Group Facilitator. Carrie focuses on a client and family focused approach to recovery, and works to promote independence, engagement, and an improved quality of life for ABI survivors and caregivers.

Stacey Levine, BA
Stacey lead the discussion on the challenges and fine art of communication with our loved ones, and facilitate a break out-group on the solutions to the common communication pitfalls caregivers face with family, friend and professionals. As co-founder and co-owner of Journey Rehabilitation and Behaviour Therapy, Stacey uses her clinical expertise to find creative solutions that improve quality of life for adults and children with brain injuries and neurological disorders, and their caregivers. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, is formally trained in applied behaviour analysis with extensive experience in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy. For 15 years she has worked with a diverse group of people through the inpatient brain injury unit at Toronto Rehab Hospital and ABI community.