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February 03rd 2015:One-On-One Support for Family Caregiving for Schizophrenia

Sharon Evans graduated as a psychiatric nurse in 1967 and in 2008 completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing. Irene Friberg has a teaching degree. She and her husband have a daughter diagnosed mid-grade 12 with schizophrenia. Sharon and Irene talk about their experiences with family caregiving for family members living with schizophrenia and about their work with the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch, http://ow.ly/HODMb. They discuss the challenges for family members living with schizophrenia and for their family caregivers. They explain how one-on-one suppo

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Sharon Evans

Sharon Evans graduated as a psychiatric nurse in 1967 from Riverview Hospital in BC. In 2008, she completed her Bachelor of Science Psychiatric Nursing degree. She started in seniors’ mental health both acute and long term care. In 1988, she began working in adult acute psychiatry at Penticton Regional Hospital. As the Clinical Resource Coordinator for acute programs from 1995-1999, she initiated working with BC Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch, newly formed, to bring family support into the hospital. From 1999 to 2005, the Day Hospital program had a weekly family support meeting for which the clients had to invite their family. Volunteers came from the branch to introduce the progra
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Irene Friberg

Irene Friberg was born to a family of 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls. They lived near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island on the family farm where their two children had ponies, then horses, and they all looked after the milk cows. Irene has a teaching degree. Her husband also is a teacher. Their daughter, Cindy, always a bright student, was on the Honor Roll in High School until mid-grade 12, when she began having problems with school work. She graduated because of extra courses, then travelled widely in Canada and the US with Covenant Players. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia soon after. She now lives at home, is very good on the computer, and sings like an angel in church. She runs her own
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