Join us for our first podcast, Caregivers Out Loud! A space to connect, listen and learn with other caregivers. Your host, Jodie McDonald, is a psychotherapist and social worker that specializes in boundary-setting, self-care, and education for caregivers.
You won’t want to miss these insightful, authentic and heart-centered conversations with caregivers that highlight the joys, trials, and self-discoveries that come along with this rewarding and taxing position. Subscribe on your favourite streaming channel and explore what it looks like to have support and balance through the stories of inspiring caregivers.
In May we launched our first season of our podcast, Caregivers Out Loud. We need your feedback! We are planning our next season and your insight is invaluable. Thank you for taking 5-10-minutes to complete the survey.
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About our Host, Jodie McDonald
Jodie McDonald is a therapist in private practice in Duncan and Victoria BC, specializing in the somatic modality of Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP). As a Registered Social Worker in BC, she has over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, and has worked in crisis and suicide intervention, family support, and mental health. Jodie teaches “Care of Self: Feminism and Well-Being” at Vancouver Island University, as well as professional development workshops throughout BC. She is formerly the Executive Director of the Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society, and currently a consultant and podcast host for Family Caregivers of BC. Jodie specializes in boundary practice, self-care and education for front line practitioners and caregivers.
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- Episode One: Support Networks
- Episode Two: Communication
- Episode Three: Relationships
- Episode Four: Self-Care
Welcome to “Caregivers Out Loud”, powered by Family Caregivers of British Columbia, hosted by Jodie McDonald.
We’ll explore how the role of a caregiver can be rewarding, but also that it’s emotionally, psychologically, and physically taxing. Through sharing these stories, we’ll bring you perspective, connection, and ensuring that you have support and balance by inspiring caregivers, out loud.
The first season is focused on caregiver well being, how getting the support you need is vital, and how to look after yourself.
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Episode One: Support Networks
Today, we take a look at how few of us can “go it alone” as caregivers. Having relationships with friends or organizations can boost your emotional strength for the marathon of caregiving. We’ll examine different sources of support available to caregivers, how to overcome challenges that prevent you from reaching out for support, and what it is like to really acknowledge your role as a caregiver. You’ll hear from caregivers who struggled with overwhelm before reaching out to access different kinds of support and the difference it made to their lives.
Episode Two: Speak Out With Courageous Conversations in Caregiving
Caregiving brings all sorts of challenges that call forth growth, and communication can be one of them. In today’s episode, we hear about why good communication with family members and healthcare providers is so important, and often difficult for caregivers. In your role as caregiver, you have to speak up for the needs of the care receiver as well as your own. You need to think about the future and what is in everyone’s best interests. This can be especially tough within families.
Episode Three: Why Speaking Up for Your Needs Matters
In a healthy relationship, the needs of both people are important – it’s a two-way street. Good communication is the key to making sure everyone’s needs are met. Whether it is between you and a spouse, or with your friends, successful relationships are all about communication. In today’s episode, we share how for caregivers, relationships with others can be more complex than usual. It can be hard to find ways to speak up for your own needs. If you are the primary caregiver, recognizing your own need for support might be difficult – particularly if the care receiver is uncomfortable with the idea – but still, you need to make these choices for yourself.
Episode Four: How to Make Time for Yourself with Self-Care and Boundaries
When was the last time you felt truly rested? For caregivers, making time for self-care can feel almost impossible with all the other demands on your time. And yet, it is an essential skill to learn in your role as a caregiver. In our final episode of the season, we look to why self-care is a fundamental part of being a caregiver. As a caregiver, you are often willing to make sacrifices and feel a sense of commitment. However, without self-care, how can you sustain caring for your family or friend and not run the risk of burning out?