The Center on Aging and Disability Policy (CADP) at Mount Saint Mary College was selected in 2017 by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) to implement the ProActive Caring Stress Reduction initiative for family caregivers of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. ProActive Caring Stress Reduction is a FREE six-week training comprised of three in-person sessions and three podcasts. Informed by Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Positive Adult Development (PAD), training models developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, it aims to teach effective coping mechanisms for short- and long-term stressful situations. The program provides training to family caregivers of individuals across the lifespan, from birth to end of life.
MBSR is a strategy for increased coping and decreased reactivity to physical and emotional difficulties. MBSR sessions introduce caregivers to mindfulness practice in the form of sitting meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement. PAD is a cognitive-behavioral approach training to help caregivers manage stress by reducing negative thinking and enhancing more effective problem solving.
In 2018 the CADP partnered with Community Service Providers to offer ProActive Caring Stress Reduction directly to family caregivers. Going forward, in 2019 and 2020, we are moving to a Train-the-Trainer model in order to provide the training to more family caregivers and to expand the project across the New York State.
For information about ProActive Caring Train-the-Trainer conferences in other regions of New York State, please join our mailing list to receive flyers when available.