Join us for a newly adapted virtual workshop supporting those who care for a family member/friend living with psychosis, offering proven strategies informed by a unique CBT-p model.
What is the workshop like?
This workshop helps those living with or caring for someone with serious mental illness such as psychosis or schizophrenia become a partner in recovery and healing.
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The workshop consists of three virtual sessions:
- Tuesday February 23 (6pm-8pm): Healthier Thinking (3Cs – catch it, check it, change it)
- Thursday February 25 (6pm-8pm): Healthier Communication (Navigates through stress, anxiety, distress and other psychological symptoms that make it difficult to communicate, including delusions, voices – i.e. psychosis)
- Tuesday March 2 (6pm-8pm): Healthier Home Life (Helps participants learn how to co-create a supportive, accepting environment, encourages participation in activities, promotes/supports recovery)
The workshop also addresses topics such as self-care, resources and coping strategies to be a partner in their loved one’s recovery journey and improve their quality of life.
Click here to download the full agenda for the CBT-p Informed Family Caregiver Training.
Overview of the Coaching Sessions:
In the six workshops, you will be coached in smaller groups to further learn how to cope with common issues in supporting your family member with schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis. You will have the opportunity to bring forth your own concerns, learn new coping skills and develop solutions to meet your needs.
- Feel empowered and confident when you handle difficult situations at home
- Enhanced understanding of your caregiving experience
- Have the opportunity to learn, develop solutions and practice skills in a safe supportive environment
- Have the opportunity to share and with other family caregivers and be supported in the group.
Coaching sessions consists of 6 virtual group sessions:
- Tuesday March 9 (6pm-8pm): Break-Out Follow-up from Training
- Thursday March 11 (6pm-8pm): Hearing Voices and Unhelpful Thinking: How to Cope
- Tuesday March 16 (6pm-8pm): Depression and Anxiety in Psychosis: How to Cope
- Thursday March 18 (6pm-8pm): Medication
- Tuesday March 23 (6pm-8pm): Learning through Crisis: One Step at a Time
- Tuesday March 30 (6pm-8pm): Hope and Recovery: How Do We Move Forward
Sophie Hwang, MSW, Ph.D (Ed.)
Sophie is the the CBT-p training lead and Support Services Manager at IAM. She provides support and services to individuals and family members who are impacted by a broad range of psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. She also developed and delivers IAM’s Recovery in Action Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group for individuals living with psychosis. She received her CBT training from the University of Toronto and the Beck Institute. A registered social worker, Sophie has an MSW from York University and an MEd in counselling psychology and PhD in Education from the University of Toronto.
Alyssa Hirji, MSW, RSW
Alyssa received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is the Family & Individual Clinical Counsellor at IAM. She has experience providing both individual and group support to individuals and families affected by mental illness, particularly psychosis. Committed to this work, Alyssa currently project manages the CBT-p Informed Workshop for Family Caregivers, and facilitates the Recovery In Action program, a CBT-p informed psychoeducational support group for individuals living with psychosis. Alyssa is currently receiving her CBT training through the Beck Institute.
Click here for more information about CBT-p at IAM.
Prior to registering you must review IAM's CBT-p consent form. Selecting ‘yes’ below serves as your consent to receive services from IAM in the form of the CBT-p program. If you select 'no', someone will be in touch to review.
Please note: Registration for CBTp program is non-transferrable and valid for one participant, links are not to be shared with individuals who have not registered to minimize risk and preserve the safety and confidentiality of our participants.
This program is facilitated by registered social workers and may be partially covered by your health care insurance. Coverage varies, so please check with your provider to determine eligibility.