Making the Transition from Learned Helplessness to Hope
Robert (Bob) Spicer, M.A., Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, NBRHC
DESCRIPTOR: Using a hypothetical case of a couple struggling (partner with Lewy Body Dementia), the presenter will lead the participants through a journey from despair (compassion fatigue) to understanding the attributes of why a person may experience “learned helplessness” thru the climb back up to “hope”. What is hope? How do we nurture and sustain positive living in life? Sharing research, BC Caregiver Toolkit and “Hope” based resources one transitions from despair to hope in a journey with concepts and resources to empower the participant.
PRESENTER: Bob Spicer has an M.A. in Recreation & Leisure Studies and Gerontology (U. of Waterloo) and 25 years experience working within “older adult” care environments as a Recreation Therapist (Continuing Care), College Instructor: Interventions, Communication, Mental Health (college – 3 yrs FT), and various consultant roles. He is currently the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant (past 15 years) at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.