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Cascade Health Alliance Community Advisory Council offers next in Classes for Caregivers series

Community news | Friday, November 11, 2016

Contact: Maria Ramirez

The Cascade Health Alliance Community Advisory Council will host the next in a series of Classes for Caregivers. These next two classes will focus on the benefits and potential drawbacks of altruism.

The Community Advisory Council, or CAC, and Cascade Health Alliance staff are excited to host the class with presenter Dr. Michol Polson. Dr. Polson's presentation will focus on helping both professional and family caregivers discover the meaning of altruism and the effects of giving so much of oneself in service of other people.

Dr. Polson has more than 30 years of experience counseling families through abuse and behavioral issues. He trained graduate and resident students in Marriage and Family Therapy studies in North Carolina, Georgia and here in Klamath Falls through the rural residency program of Oregon Health and Science University at Cascades East Family Medicine. Dr. Polson recently opened a local private practice, called the Individual & Family Growth Center.

"There is no question that the helping professions provide individual fulfillment, satisfaction and occasional joy. But, there is a personal price that caretaking extracts from each person," Dr. Polson said. "Finding the boundary between healthy and unhealthy altruism is a challenging task. I am excited to present on the altruistic boundary between effective helping and injuring yourself or others from unhealthy helping. My intention is to provide down-to-earth education, helpful self-reflection, and what-to-do ideas for participants."

The CAC will host a morning and an evening session, scheduled to make it most convenient for participants to attend. These sessions are intended for care providers of all types.

This is the second in a series of classes for caregivers hosted by the Cascade Health Alliance CAC. Information about more upcoming sessions will be available soon.

Members of the media can contact Nora Avery-Page. Care providers interested in the classes can reach out to Kyla Patty for more information, at 541.883.2947 or

When: Nov. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. OR Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: The Klamath Lake Room at the Washington Federal Community Building, 5215 S. 6th St.