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OCO-The SCALE program

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The SCALE Program (Supporting Caregiver Awareness, Learning and Empowerment) aims to empower caregivers with practical information and skills to focus on their own mental health and well-being needs by offering:

  • Weekly psychoeducational webinars (LIVE or RECORDED) divided into two 4-week sessions (see below for Session 1 and Session 2 topics). 
  • Strategies, tools, and resources to better cope with difficult caregiving emotions  
  • Free and confidential online group &/or individual counselling (OPTIONAL). Space is limited, registration is based on first come, first-served basis. 

Webinars were designed to focus on a series of subjects that are applicable to new or experienced caregivers, positioning you and your mental health at the centre of the sessions. 


You may register for all of Session 1, Session 2, or individual webinars to suit your needs. As a caregiver, we understand how valuable your time is and that is why we developed a program to best suit your schedule. 


If you are unable to attend the live sessions of the webinars, you can still watch the recording! Simply register for the webinar topic of interest and at the end of the live webinar an exclusive link to watch the recording will be sent to you.


When the program is finished, videos from previous sessions can be watched publicly on our YouTube channel.



October 5 to 26, 2021 (Tuesdays from 12 PM to 1PM EST)

Week 1: Your Caregiving Journey

Week 2: How Caregiving Stress Affects You

Week 3: How Caregivers can Manage Anxiety & Anger

Week 4: How Caregivers can Overcome Sadness & Guilt


To register for Session 1, click here.



November 2 to 23, 2021 (Tuesdays from 12 PM to 1PM EST)

Week 1: Become a Mindful Caregiver

Week 2: The Self-Compassionate Caregiver

Week 3: Find Your Caregiving Strengths

Week 4: Time for Self-Care while Caregiving


To register for Session 2, click here.



OCO-The SCALE program
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Tuesday October 5, 2021 12:00 PM to Tuesday October 26, 2021 1:00 PM
Community Event

* Registration is not required for this event.