Free Webinar December 6 Helps Caregivers Improve Communications

Family Caregiving, Military Families November 28, 2012|Print

Released November 26, 2012

Caregivers communicate with many people -- the people they care for, family members and health care professionals. Sometimes conversations go awry resulting in misunderstandings which can lead to heated and emotional exchanges, hurt feelings and even relationship problems.

In a free webinar from eXtension, America’s research-based learning network, Mary Brintnall-Peterson and Rachel Brauner will help caregivers learn and practice communications skills to prepare for difficult conversations they have been avoiding or putting off.

Caregivers will learn and practice how to change the way they communicate using “I messages”, Assertive communication and the Aikido of mindful communication.

The webinar is Thursday, Dec. 6 from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time. Details about connecting are at

After the webinar, participants will be able to:
•    Distinguish the differences between the communication skills of “I messages”, Assertive and Aikido and the types of situations they are best used in.
•    Identify caregiver situations in their life where one of the communication skills could be used.
•    Prepare to use one of the communication skills in a conversation they need or want to have in the near future.

eXtension Family Caregiving: Caring for Aged and/or Disabled Adults,, focuses on helping people address caregiving needs at the individual, family and community level. This growing learning network expands the Cooperative Extension System’s tradition of providing objective, research-based education and information online.

About the presenters
Mary Brintnall-Peterson, owner of MBP Consulting, LLC, provides more than 25 years’ experience in educating family caregivers. Having both personal and professional caregiving experience has made Brintnall-Peterson passionate about family caregiving. She is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Extension. She has worked with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service–Wounded Warrior Program staff including Brauner.

Rachel Brauner is an Extension Associate at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the Wounded Warrior Program. Brauner creates educational programs for military caregivers that address specific warrior medical conditions, coping and resiliency strategies and concerns of the seriously wounded service member families.

About eXtension
Researchers and educators from Cooperative Extension Services, government agencies and industry provide unbiased information in more than 50 resource areas including agriculture and animals, community and economics, energy and environment, health and nutrition, home and family, and yard and garden.

Each U.S. state and territory has a Cooperative Extension office at its land-grant university and a network of approximately 3,000 local or regional offices have been established nationwide.


Contacts: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., 608-346-0813,
Andy Crocker, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,

Writer: Lynette Spicer, eXtension,

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