The Self-Compassionate Caregiver – In Person Training

Featuring: Ellen Merker, M.S. LPC

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UW South Madison Partnership
@ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
2238 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53713


Caregivers, whether paid or unpaid, have incredibly important roles in the lives of people with disabilities.  But it can be hard for many caregivers to show the same compassion to themselves as they do to the people they care for, and this is leading to more and more burnout.  This class will help caregivers identify their own needs and create plans for managing REAL, meaningful self-compassion and self-care that will enhance your relationships not just with yourself, but also with those you are caring for.  The class is ideal for anyone who provides care, whether it’s for a family member or as a professional or direct care worker, who wants to learn how to cope with the very valid struggles of being a caregiver.

Register Here   $30

Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to the start of the training will be charged the full registration fee.

About the Presenter:

Ellen Merker, MS, LPC
Ellen Merker, MS, LPC

Ellen Merker, MS, LPC, founding director of Heart Consulting LLC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma therapy for kids, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities.  She received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison, and has been working with neurodivergent kids, teens, and adults in various roles for 15 years. Ellen uses neurodivergent affirmative, sex-positive, and trauma-informed approaches in all work.  In addition to trauma therapy, Heart Consulting also works to reduce gendered violence against people with developmental disabilities through education and training.  Ellen also has extensive speaking experience, and has presented at conferences including Wisconsin Human Trafficking Conference, WI Planned Parenthood, National Project Search Conference, Wisconsin Reproductive Health
Conference, and the Circles of Life Conference.

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