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Maryann Schacht, LCSW, BCD
"Speaker, Author, Counselor"
Maryann Schacht Expertise: Health Issues • Relationships • Care Giving
Fee Range: $2,500 to $5,000
Location: California
Maryann Schacht, author of A Caregiver's Challenge: Living, Loving, Letting Go, is an expert on caregiving and family issues. She worked as a psychotherapist specializing in families in crisis for more than thirty years. Her professional experience includes private and group practice, social work at hospitals and schools, and teaching at universities in both California and New York.

She has been asked to provide keynote speeches for The Commonwealth Club, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, Marin Section on Aging, NASW, Society of Clinical Social Workers, Jewish Family and Children's Services, and Chambers of Commerce. She has led workshops at New York State Teachers Conferences, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Cancer Society, among others. She provided grief counseling at the New Jersey Headquarters of the Red Cross following 9/11.
Her extensive media experience includes writing a syndicated weekly advice column for the Jewish World Press, staff reporting for Of Westchester Magazine, hosting a women's news radio program at WVOX, and the publication of nonfiction and poetry in national magazines and journals. A founder and producer of the Westchester Children's Players, she also writes for children.

A graduate of Fordham and Columbia Universities, Ms. Schacht is a member of the Association of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, Clinical Certified Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Multiple Personality Disorders, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Programs and brief descriptions:
  • Caring for Caregivers -You Don't Have to Do This Alone
    • Find the balance between giving too much and not giving enough.
    • Honor the eleventh commandment: Thou shalt not "should" thyself.
    • Replace the four F's-fear of loss, fatigue, family rules, fate-with forgiveness.
    • Tune up and tune in to your family's changing song.
  • Managing the Health Care System -You're in Charge Here
    • Educate yourself and know how to get your questions answered.
    • Discover proven ways to get all the help you need.
    • Stay in charge of every crisis.
    • Enlist your doctors on your patient's team.
  • Holding On and Letting Go -You Can Help Each Other through This
    • Learn how to discuss subjects you never wanted to talk about.
    • Master the financial and medical-power-of-attorney paperwork.
    • Recognize the stages on your journey and understand their lessons.
    • Share anticipatory grief and honor your losses.
    Client Testimonials:
    "I am touched and inspired by MaryAnn Schacht's insightful and compassionate presentation on the dynamics of being a caregiver. Her personal stories, coupled with her ability to cull tools for coping for others is amazing. Her message distills into two powerful teachings: One, to be gentle with yourself and trust your own process, in the midst of taking care of a loved one and the other, life is precious and rich, don't waste a moment on issues that don't matter, follow the path with heart, and live in the present as fully as you can."
    -- Janet Childs,Director of Education, Centre for Living with Dying, Bay Area CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management ) Team

    "Maryann Schacht's presentation was a '10.' I could have sat in the audience all evening listening to her wisdom. Maryann Schacht is a fountain of caregiving wisdom and her book corroborates it all."
    -- Patricia Sanborn, Director, Methodist Aging with Dignity Series

    Ho-Ho-Ho-uh, oh. - A Message for Caregivers
    Excerpt from A Caregiver's Challenge: Living, Loving, Letting Go

    Book: A Caregiver's Challenge: Living, Loving, Letting Go Author: Maryann Schacht
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