The 7th Annual Williamson County Caregiver Conference returns as
an expanded virtual event on September 15-17, 2020.

The annual free event was created to help ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources.  Participants will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with local experts on aging.

Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, September 15th – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
“Promoting Positive Caregiving – Even During Tough Times”
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and family therapist, is one of the country’s leading thinkers, writers, and educators on family caregiving.  For his first book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent, he has pulled together several strands from his life – the knowledge gained from personal experiences as a child of a family caregivers, the writing skills honed in his years as a magazine journalist, and professional expertise gleaned during nearly 22 years as a clinician specializing in families and illness.  During the past 18 years, Dr. Jacobs has continued to bring attention to the needs of the underserved by devoting himself to families coping with chronic and traumatic illnesses.  Since 1994, he has been a faculty member of the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA, where he is responsible for teaching budding family physicians about basic psychiatry, interviewing skills, and being attuned to the needs and emotions of patients’ family members.

Wednesday, September 16th – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
“Senior Housing During COVID-19 – An Update”
Michael Gill, President of Texas Senior Living Locators

Michael Gill is the President of Texas Senior Living Locators, which works with families to help them find the best senior housing options in Central Texas. Michael is widely considered one of the leading regional experts in senior living options with extensive knowledge in Veterans benefits, home health care, non-medical home care, geriatric care management, long term care insurance, senior real estate specialists, senior movers, and a myriad of other senior adult services.  Having earned the respected Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® designation, Michael stays current on local and national elder care developments and resources. His corporate background includes banking and finance. As an investment professional, first in venture capital and later on Wall Street, he worked for prestigious firms such as JP Morgan and Austin Capital Management. Wanting to make a difference and help families, Mike moved from the esoteric world of high finance and founded Texas Senior Living Locators in 2012.  Mike first moved to Austin in 1980 to attend graduate school at The University of Texas, where he received his MBA. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in economics and history, and also studied in Seville, Spain, where he became fluent in Spanish. During the academic phase of his career, Mike co-authored two books: Financing and Managing Fast Growth Companies: The Venture Capital Process and The New Business Incubator: Linking Talent, Technology, Capital and Know-How. In addition to holding the CSA certification, Mike is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and has taken the Texas Assisted Living Manager Courses from the Texas Assisted Living Association.

Thursday, September 17th – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
Social and Emotional Awareness Through Writing
Rob Colgate, Badgerdog

Rob Colgate is a poet and educator from Evanston, IL. He holds a degree in psychology and neuroscience from Yale University, where he directed the undergraduate peer counseling service, worked in a clinical neuroscience lab studying anxiety in the developing brain, and interned at a creative arts therapy institute with a focus in poetry therapy.  Having previously spent time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry with the New Writers Project at UT Austin. He has taught writing at Northwestern University and UT Austin; currently, he teaches creative writing through The Library Foundation’s Badgerdog program and serves as the nonfiction editor for Bat City Review. He is the recipient of a Crawley-Garwood Research Grant and was named runner-up in the 2018 Connecticut Poetry Circuit.  His first chapbook, So Dark the Gap, was published in March 2020. You can find him online at

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