Communication: It’s a family matter

Are you looking for ways to address lack of awareness and support someone in seeking help even when the right resources appear unavailable?  You are not alone. These are tough situations many families face.  Please join us for this edition of Conversations at The Royal where a panel of experienced caregivers and health care professionals will share the best communication strategies for improving relationships. Acquire ideas and communication techniques for motivating change.

Denis Riordan, The Royal Family Advisory Council will share his personal story of love and resilience and creative ways using empathy-building for overcoming lack of awareness from a courageous father’s viewpoint.

Madeleine Bertrand, NAMI Family-to-Family Education Programs in Ontario will speak to the issues of denial and lack of insight drawing from her experience as a mother with over two decades’ experience volunteering in the mental health community; to assist caregivers in stress-reduction and building better relationships through acceptance.

Elyse Schipper, PLEO and family caregivers will offer ways to support loved ones in getting help when they are ready, including options when the right resources are not available.

Lisa Murata, The Royal Schizophrenia Day Program Nurse will provide Motivational Interviewing tips specifically for family caregivers who are seeking ways to get the person they are supporting to recognize they need help, go to their appointments and follow-through with treatment.

Agency Fair (6:00-7:00 pm)
Be sure to come early to enjoy refreshments and meet local family support services, including: Bereaved Families of Ontario, Ottawa Division; Hopewell; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Programs in Ontario; Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorders (ON-BPD); Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO); The OASIS in Kanata; The Royal Family Advisory Council and The Royal Family Support Program with The Royal Foundation.

For more information, please contact Sue Walton at