Preventing Caregiver Burnout: Illuminating Hope in Uncertain Times

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CEUs: $25.00
No CEUs: $15.00
1.0 CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • LPC/LPCC (CSWMFT #: RCX031303)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)


Session 2 of a 4-part "Preventing Caregiver Burnout" series.
Attendance to all 4 is NOT required to receive CEUs.

March 16th: Creating your Self-Care Plan
July 11th: Illuminating Hope in Uncertain Times
September 12th: What’s in YOUR Courage Tool Kit?
November 9th: Understanding Stress

Hope can be an important coping mechanism for facing trauma of all kinds, and especially helpful for caregivers. We see hope as fitting under the “outlook” domain of resilience as it involves a future-oriented approach. 

We will provide an overview of Charles Richard Snyder’s Hope Theory, which is rooted in positive psychology. 

Our workshop will incorporate the importance of setting realistic expectations, share strategies on how to create SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-sensitive) goals, and how to empower our clients’ (and our own) motivation. All this leads to greater personal growth and well-being. When we take better care of ourselves, we’re able to better care for others. 

Navigating the uncertainty of the pandemic has taught all of us many life lessons about how we take care of ourselves and each other. As we look ahead to how we emerge from the current state of the world, we know there will be critical mindset changes to how we might navigate greater overall well-being. We will discuss how the collective trauma of the pandemic has us exploring self-discovery, compassion, purpose/meaning, courage and love. 

We will also address supporting family members and clients who may have lost hope, feel hopeless, or resist a future-oriented mindset and how to have a trauma-informed approach in creating a care plan or making an appropriate referral. 

At the end of this workshop it is hoped participants will feel grounded, supported, at greater ease, and leave with some additional tools that they can incorporate for themselves as well as use with their clients in a trauma-informed environment.


  • Identify the science and role of breathing techniques and meditation as sustainable methods to coping an managing stress
  • Recognize the synergy of resilience and hope for creating a trauma-informed environment for working with clients
  • Discover new ways to empower family caregivers to cope and manage the stress of caregiving

About the Speakers:  Kristi Horner and Jenny Woodworth, LSW, MSW

Kristi Horner is the Founder and Executive Director for Courage to Caregivers. Kristi graduated from Denison University with a BA in Economics. Throughout her career she has worked for a variety of nonprofits as Director of Special Events, Director of Volunteers and Director of Admissions.

 In 2014, she lost her brother to suicide. She had been one of her brother’s mental illness long-distance caregivers for four years. He lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. As someone who supported someone she loved very much, living with mental illness, she knew there had to be a better way to support mental illness caregivers and the idea for Courage to Caregivers was born!

Jenny Woodworth, MSW/LSW, serves as Director of Programs and Support Group leader for Courage to Caregivers. Jenny graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has been committed to helping families and individuals ever since. She completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at Cleveland State University. Jenny’s experiences in caring for people both personally and professionally are varied but she strives to bring compassion, a sense of humor and hope in all her interactions.


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.