Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
This is a Learning Circle about creating support circles. In this session ‘How to Create Support Groups in Community’, UBCLC engages with the expertise of Lucy Fraser, Hospice Director and Chilliwack’s 2015 Women of the Year and Cheryl Redfern who specializes in complimentary healing and is a recent trainee in this special support work.
Much of the work Lucy does for the society has focused on loss and grief circle work. All the society’s groups use the circle format as their foundation, therefore the benefits of support circles as a tool for healing and foundations of front-line work will be woven throughout the session.
- How diverse can support circles be?
- How do I gain skills in circle facilitation?
- How do I increase circle flow through creativity and with ice-breakers?
NOTE: This session’s target audience is health directors and health care program managers interested in addressing the challenges and successes with setting up support circles within communities.
About the Presenters:
Lucy Fraser, MSW has been the Director of Programs with the Chilliwack Hospice Society since 2004, and recently selected as the 2015 Chilliwack Woman of the Year by Soroptimist International of Chilliwack. In her role as Director of Programs, she provides support to individuals and families; oversees and is a member of the Relaxation Team; co-facilitates and facilitates multiple support groups. Lucy has been the Director of Programs for the Chilliwack Hospice Society since May 2004. Receiving a Community Health Grant through Fraser Health to partner with Sts’ailes Band she spearheaded the Caring for the Caregiver conference. The conference ‘s impact was lasting and profound. Working with band members and conference attendees from outside the territory Lucy was nurtured by the circle work of Sts’ailes, Skwah, Soowahlie and Seabird Island Bands. These community relationships continue to this day.
Cheryl Redfern (RN) has a background in nursing, most recently in the realm of addiction, brings a wealth of knowledge in both allopathic and complementary healing. Her passion is to blend Reiki with sound using Crystal bowls, voice and drums. Cheryl states “as a sound healer, when I enter into a healing relationship with a client, I acknowledge my personal experiences of sound healing. I also acknowledge that each person is to be supported and honoured in their own personal experience. Sound is the key to open up the mystery to who we are. There is tremendous opportunity and transformational potential through sound.”