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Lessons from the field: Understand the experiences, needs and programs to support both civil and military-connected youth caregivers
Join us as Dr. Melinda S. Kavanaugh guides us through the most recent findings on the overarching youth caregiving population to evolve our understanding and inform our work in supporting Hidden Helpers. During this session we will:

Dive into what the research tells us about who youth caregivers are, and the impacts of assisting in care, both positive and the challenges.

Detail support needs and gaps in services and programs for youth caregivers.
Discuss what types of interventions have been of value to youth caregivers.

Dr. Kavanaugh is a clinician and researcher, focusing on the youth caregiver population through the lens of social work and applied research. She holds a PhD, MSW and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with years of clinical experience across healthcare settings and populations, including neurological disorders such as Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Based on her clinical experience, Dr. Kavanaugh’s translational research focuses on an isolated population of caregivers - children and teens (“youth caregivers/young carers”), developing evidence-based programming to provide education, skills and support.

Learning Objectives:
Understand the commonalities in youth caregiving experience from the civilian and military-connected families.
Identify research outcomes in the civilian caregiving population you can incorporate into how you are supporting Hidden Helpers.
Consider how you can connect Hidden Helpers and civilian youth caregivers to create peer support opportunities.

Dec 13, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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