The Institute offers trainings throughout the year for anyone interested in becoming a Finding Meaning and Hope facilitator. We also promote the various locations where series are being held for anyone interested in participating.
A Finding Meaning and Hope Facilitator is essential to the success of this program. Facilitators serve as the guide throughout the 10-week series, which is designed as a peer-to-peer model of support and learning. The facilitator introduces topics and videos, guides the discussion, and provides prompts for reflection and growth.
The program itself is based on the powerful and eye-opening book, Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief, by Pauline Boss, PhD and was developed by Duet: Partners In Health & Aging. Facilitators enable caregivers to navigate topics like ambiguous loss; stress, coping, and resiliency; and the psychological family in a way that connects to their own journeys.
Whether you are a healthcare or social services professional, a community leader, or a caregiver ready to support others, the Meaning & Hope Institute is here to provide you with the training and guidance needed to prepare you for your journey as a facilitator.
Any individual who is interested in becoming a facilitator can sign-up to attend a virtual or in-person training, where they will gain a deeper understanding of Dr. Boss’s work, the program model, and how to effectively lead Finding Meaning and Hope sessions. Upon successful completion of the training, prospective facilitators are eligible to apply for certification.
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Certified Finding Meaning and Hope Facilitators are eligible to receive valuable support and resources through the Meaning & Hope Institute. Once certified, facilitators are provided access to coaching and the Meaning & Hope Hub.
The Online Facilitator Hub is not only home to webinars, resource guides, facilitator discussion boards, and program data, but also allows facilitators to stay connected with program participants outside of their live in-person or virtual sessions. Institute staff are also available to active facilitators for coaching, program support, and guidance with situations they may encounter along their facilitator journey.