Back by Popular Demand - Communicating During Difficult Discussions

Family Caregivers of BC is once again hosting its popular webinar on Communicating in Difficult Discussions.  On March 23rd, 2017, Jodie McDonald, a Registered Social Worker trained in the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) technique will illustrate how to apply the NVC technique to caregiver situations. Non-Violent Communication is a tool that allows us to speak from the point of view of feelings and needs instead of judgments and accusations. The quality of conversations – particularly challenging ones when we are in conflict with someone or need to ask for something – improve dramatically when using this technique. Caregivers often have to advocate for their loved ones and for themselves.  They have to ask questions, challenge ideas, make alternative suggestions, express disagreement, or simply ask to be heard and respected.  Caregivers are often in the position of having to ask for help they wish they didn’t need.  Caregivers may also have to express their disagreement with a physician, or tell a nurse the home care plan she set up for them isn’t going to work.  In all of these situations, NVC can give caregivers more confidence to assert their views and express their needs, leading to more satisfying conversations with both with family members and health professionals alike. If you’ve ever had the experience of going without what you need because you’re afraid to ask or challenge someone, or if you find that difficult conversations can escalate quickly, NVC will be a useful tool for you.

Using our interactive Coach Caregiver format, we will be inviting caregivers to participate in the webinar to illustrate how the technique works.  Please join us to understand how this technique can help you.

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  1. Jodie McDonald Jodie McDonald is a consultant with FCBC in addition to being the Executive Director of the Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society, an instructor at Vancouver Island University and an Integrative Body Psychotherapist in private practice. Over the past 20 years, Jodie has worked in crisis intervention, family support, mental health and community development in a variety of roles and programs. Jodie is a dedicated and passionate educator and connector, matching big picture thinking and planning to the needs of individual people.

  1. Wendy Johnstone has a Masters degree in Gerontology and over 20 years of experience working with family caregivers and seniors. In addition to her work with the Family Caregivers of BC, Wendy runs her own company in the Comox Valley called Keystone Elder Care Solutions.

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