For Community Service Providers

Opportunity for Community Service Providers!

The Center on Aging and Disability Policy  (CADP) at Mount Saint Mary College was selected in 2017 by the New York State Developmental Disablities 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 sessions that participants can access from home. It aims to teach effective coping mechanisms for short- and long-term stressful situations and to provides support to family caregivers of individuals across the lifespan, from birth to end of life.

The training is informed by Informed by programs developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence at Vanderbilt University: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Positive Adult Development (PAD).  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 takes a cognitive-behavioral approach to help caregivers manage stress by reducing negative thinking and enhancing effective problem solving.

In order to offer ProActive Caring Stress Reduction across New York State, the project has adopted a Train-the-Trainer model.  Train-the-Trainer conferences train two-person teams (an agency staff member and a family caregiver) to facilitate ProActive Caring Stress Reduction classes for family members.

Benefits to participating Agencies include:

  • • Free training for members of your staff and family advocates.
  • • The opportunity to provide family caregivers with evidence-informed support training.
  • • The opportunity to assist caregivers with stress reduction and teach them effective coping mechanisms for both short- and long-term stressful situations.
  • • Free curriculum materials, along with any updates made to the curriculum.

Responsibilities of participating Agencies include:

  • • Identifying teams of staff and family caregiver facilitators who agree, after being trained on model implementation, to deliver at least two trainings in the nine-month period following the Train-the-Trainer event.
  • • Promoting the availability and benefits of the trainings, so they reach the maximum number of caregivers, including caregivers in unserved and under-served communities.
  • • Hosting the caregiver trainings and, if possible, providing refreshments and childcare support.

For information about upcoming Train-the-Trainer events, please click here.