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National Family Caregivers Month: Caring for the Caregivers Virtual Summit 2022 Getting UNStuck: Moving From Languishing to Flourishing


Courage to Caregivers will host its third annual Caring for Caregivers Virtual Summit on Wednesday, November 16, and Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 9 am to 12:30 pm ET as part of National Family Caregivers Month. The event is free for licensed professional caregivers and anyone providing care to a loved one with mental illness. All are welcome to attend one or both days.

This year’s theme is Getting UNStuck: Moving From Languishing to Flourishing. The Summit will offer attendees insight on how to get “unstuck” and how to avoid languishing, which can lead to depression if not addressed by incorporating healthy habits. Both days will feature sessions by professional facilitators on topics ranging from connectedness and empowerment to resiliency and gratitude.

“The primary goal of our Summit is to prevent caregiver burnout. Our sessions help professional and family caregivers develop the knowledge and life skills they need to build stronger coping strategies and greater resilience so they can continue providing care to those with mental illness,” said Kristi Horner, Executive Director.

Now in its third year, the Summit provides education, information, and support for caregivers in their journey toward better health and well-being. Free continuing education units (CEUs) are available for social workers, counselors, and other behavioral health professionals (3 CEU credits available per day).

Caring for the Caregivers Summit 2022 is sponsored by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, a partner and funder of Courage to Caregivers, and a foundation grant from Community Fund Ohio.

The deadline to register is November 14, 2022. Registration is available on Eventbrite

Topics and Presenters:

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

  • 9-10 am ET: Grounded Movement: A Practical Approach to Listening to Our Inner Voice” with Tasha Brandt, MSW/LSW. During this session, Tasha will be leading a trauma-informed grounding visualization with the option of light somatic movement. Tasha will briefly introduce tools for nervous system regulation, such as bilateral stimulation, to help participants have practical tools to bring into their everyday lives.
  • 10:15-11:15 am ET: “Because You Matter: Caregiver Health Tips & Tools” with Lana Amawi, CTC. In this session, Lana will cover methods to maintain good mental health while caregiving, including A-Z tips and tools to help you be stronger while taking care of others.
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm ET: Expressive Arts as a Doorway to Self-Exploration, Gratitude and Joy with Dr. Kellie Kirksey, PhD. In this workshop, we will give ourselves freedom to play, journal, scribble, move our bodies, and engage creativity as a means to infuse more joy and self-reflection into our daily lives. No prior art experience is necessary, but do bring a few sheets of paper, crayons, or markers, and a spirit of play!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

  • 9-10:30 am ET: “The Why and How to Build Your Own Unique Caregiver Resilience Toolkit” with Dr. Mary Rensel, MD FAAN, and Ali Hively. In this session, a brain doctor and a life coach will teach you the why and how to build your own unique multisystem resiliency plan to support you in dealing with life’s constant changes. You will learn why, as a caregiver, you need such a plan to optimize the support you can give others and to maintain your ability to be your full self. We will then walk you through the framework, and you will leave with a supportive unique resiliency plan to support your important work as a caregiver.
  • 10:45 am-12:15 pm ET: “Preventing Caregiver Burnout: Getting UNstuck: Moving From Languishing to Flourishing” with Cathy Varley, Kristi Horner, CFPS, and Jenny Woodworth, MSW/LSW. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that the world is feeling stressed out, and many are burned out. The pandemic has been a source of additional trauma, especially for unpaid family caregivers as well as professional caregivers. This presentation begins with a breathing and meditation session as an embodied experience, then moves into a workshop that will cover the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout.

About Courage to Caregivers

Founded in 2017, Courage to Caregivers is a nonprofit organization serving Northeast Ohio. Our mission is to offer hope, support, and courage to caregivers of those living with mental illness. We believe it is essential for caregivers to put on their own “oxygen mask” of self-care first. We help caregivers develop the inner strength required to support their loved ones and, most importantly, to care for themselves. We offer one-to-one peer support, breathing meditation classes, support groups, and educational resources. Courage to Caregivers remains committed to supporting and empowering caregivers in their journey of providing care to those they love. For more information, contact Kristi Horner at or (216) 536-7699 or visit


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