The free webinar titled “Need to Refuel?” will address caregiver tools for self-care and resilience. To RSVP and register, go to https://tx.ag/Refuel.
“Over the past couple of years, especially with disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, care providers have experienced additional stress and felt emotionally strained, plus they are probably less resilient than normal,” said Rachel Brauner, AgriLife Extension specialist with Military Programs, part of the agency’s Family and Community Health Unit, Bryan-College Station.
“Virtual service delivery, sudden work environment changes, direct or indirect COVID health concerns, and changing job duties have made it difficult for caregivers to maintain quality outreach. Some or all of these stresses and uncertainties have also contributed to their need to refuel.”
Brauner said the webinar will explore strategies to help build resilience and allow caretakers to take better care of themselves.
The webinar presenter will be Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension specialist – special populations. Mahadevan has a doctorate in educational psychology with an emphasis on career development education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include universal design for learning and developing accessible curriculum.
“Dr. Mahadevan has more than 15 years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues,” Brauner said.
In her work, Mahadevan evaluates the accessibility of educational programs, oversees curriculum fidelity and quality control of a community-based life skills program for youth aged 18-24 and provides subject matter expertise on advancing equity in career and technical education.
Continuing education credits
Continuing education credit for webinar participants will be offered in the areas of:
- Social work, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist.
- Case managers – submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board-certified case managers.
- Board-certified patient advocates – Pre-approved by the Patient Advocate Certification Board.
- Certified family life educators.
Certificates of completion are available for participants interested in receiving training hours.