Caregiver's Compass

Stephanie Muskat

This is Caregiver's Compass. An uplifting, inspirational podcast talking about all things caregiving. Therapist Stephanie Muskat takes you through real-life caregiving stories from her own therapeutic experience and gives you the raw and personal on her own caregiving experiences as a young caregiver. Plus hear from tons of incredible experts and caregivers who are living through their day-to-day journeys. It's all here at Caregiver's Compass.

The importance of locating a licensed clinician when it comes to navigating mental health support AND art therapy with Licensed Mental Health Counselor And Registered Art Therapist, Erica Curcio (Episode 45)
Jul 29 2022
The importance of locating a licensed clinician when it comes to navigating mental health support AND art therapy with Licensed Mental Health Counselor And Registered Art Therapist, Erica Curcio (Episode 45)
Have you ever wondered what to look for or even where to start when searching for a therapist? Have you felt confused and lost when it came to locating allied health supports including art therapists for your loved one? In this episode, Stephanie and therapist Erica Curcio discuss the education and regulation requirements in the United States and Canada to help you on your search to locating a knowledgeable and licenced clinician.  Erica Curcio is the owner of Art Therapists at Home, a Boston-based art therapy practice for people living with dementia and their families. She is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor that has spent the past decade focusing on improving the therapeutic services available to people living with a dementia-related diagnosis. Erica travels to client’s homes and uses art therapy techniques to bring out feelings of joy in the person living with dementia and their families. Her Art Therapy sessions aim to create new connections and reconnect people living with dementia to themselves and the world around them.  To learn more about Erica and her practice, visit:  www.arttherapistsathome.com Visit us on our website:www.compassionincaregiving.comJoin our FREE Facebook community!  For more visit our Instagram! @compassionincaregiving
How to navigate parenting and supporting children who are exposed to a family member experiencing a neurological or physical shift- with behaviour consultant, Cori Stern (Episode 44)
Jul 22 2022
How to navigate parenting and supporting children who are exposed to a family member experiencing a neurological or physical shift- with behaviour consultant, Cori Stern (Episode 44)
In this episode, Learning Specialist and Behaviour Consultant Cori Stern discusses the difficulties many parents in the sandwich generation face when balancing their children and their parents. Some topics discussed include: navigating one’s own emotions and anxiety when uncertain how to expose their children to a declining family member or a family member who has changed from the person they once knew; managing a child’s emotions when visiting a behavioural (physically or verbally) family member; how to speak to a child about sudden changes in a family member and the potential decline of a family member.Cori is a Learning Specialist and Behaviour Consultant. She’s also a Mother of an 8 & 6 year old. After completing her Masters in Child Study & Education she merged her backgrounds in Positive Parenting, Education, Child Development, and Behavioural Sciences to deliver a very unique perspective on child growth & development. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working with families who have children on the Autism Spectrum. Her current work focuses on coaching parents through the different ages and stages of development so they can parent with less of the day to day stress and overwhelm! Consider her your Chief Executive Problem Solver-  from the toddler years straight through the school age years.Find Cori:www.coristern.comOn Instagram: @cori_sternOn Facebook: us on our website:www.compassionincaregiving.comJoin our FREE Facebook community!  For more visit our Instagram! @compassionincaregiving
Accessing Mental Health Supports and Navigating the Healthcare System as a Caregiver from a Marginalized Group/ Community in North America- With Natacha Pennycooke (Episode 38)
Mar 25 2022
Accessing Mental Health Supports and Navigating the Healthcare System as a Caregiver from a Marginalized Group/ Community in North America- With Natacha Pennycooke (Episode 38)
In this episode, Natacha and Stephanie discuss how one can go about accessing mental health supports as a caregiver, particularly if their culture/community of origin stigmatizes mental health treatment. They also discuss how to communicate with family/ friends if struggling as a caregiver when caregiving is viewed as a cultural norm or expectation. About Natacha:Natacha Pennycooke is an award winningpsychotherapist, international speaker, clinicalconsultant, and director of NatachaPennycooke Psychotherapy a group privatepractice. In her over 11 years of practice, Natacha's work is guided from an anti-oppressive, healing focused, trauma informed, anti-Black racism lens and racial justice framework, to unpack and challenge Euro-centric ideologies, systemic oppression and generational traumas that have been detrimental to racialized communities. She has presented at a number of international and national psychological conferences; and, is sought after for her passionate speaking style and expertise on mental health, coping, racialtrauma and healing to speak at various corporate and community events acrossCanada, and beyond. Natacha is a founding member of the Association of Black Psychologists - Toronto Chapter (ABPsi-TO), and is the current recipient of the ByBlacks People’s Choice Award for Best Canadian Counsellor of 2020.Find Natacha: On Instagram: @natachapennycooke.therapy