For Family Caregivers

Family caregivers of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities--whose own health may suffer from the stresses of caregiving--will benefit from the opportunity to learn coping skills that have been shown to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. ProActive Caring Stress Reduction Training provides this opportunity. The training is informed by two evidence-based caregiver training models developed by the Vanderbilt-Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities--Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Positive Adult Development (PAD). It also provides the chance to receive caring, non-judgmental support from other caregivers and to reduce the social isolation caregivers may experience. 

ProActive Caring Stress Reduction is being offered at selected sites in the Hudson Valley, the Capital District,  and Central and Western New York in 2019. It will expand to sites in New York City and on Long Island in late 2019 and 2020. Sessions are offered both during the day and in the early evening hours. Space is limited, and family caregivers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis

ProActive Caring Stress Reduction Training for Family Caregivers

This is a free, six-session evidence-informed training funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council for caregivers of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. Typically, three sessions are conducted in face-to-face group meetings, and three sessions are offered through podcasts or videos you can access from home.  Pre-registration is required. Many sites offer light refreshments and some will provide free childcare upon request.

Registration is now open for Pro-Active Caring Stress Reduction courses at the following sites:

  • In Johnstown, NY, at the Lexington Center, 465 N. Perry Street, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursdays June 6, 20, and 27.  A light supper will be provided at the in-person sessions.  Free childcare will be provided upon request. For questions, call Lexington Family Services, 518-773-2014, or e-mail Nancy deSando at desandn@thearclexington.org.
  • In Red Hook, NY, at the Red Hook Public Library, 7444 South Broadway, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays June 18, July 2, and July 16. Snacks will be provided. For questions, call Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241, or e-mail Amy Smith at amy@redhooklibrary.org.
  • In Oneonta, NY, at The Arc Otsego New York Main Office, 35 Academy Street, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays June 18, July 2, and July 23. Light refreshments will be provided at the in-person sessions. For questions, contact Lori Kinch-Ashley at the Arc Otsego, 607-432-8595 or kinch-ashleyl@arcotsego.org.
  • In Middletown, NY, at Access: Supports for Living, 15 Fortune Road W., 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesdays June 26, July 17.and July 31.  Refreshments will be provided at the in-person sessions.  Free childcare will be provided upon request. For questions, call Access: Supports for Living, 845-692-4454, or e-mail Marie McDowell at mmcdowell@asfl.org.
  • In Middletown, NY, at Access: Supports for Living, 15 Fortune Road W., 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesdays June 26, July 17.and July 31.  Refreshments will be provided at the in-person sessions.  Free childcare will be provided upon request. For questions, call Access: Supports for Living, 845-692-4454, or e-mail Marie McDowell at mmcdowell@asfl.org.
  • In Amherst, NY (Erie County), first session 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Tuesday, June 18, at Daemen College Charles J. Wick Campus Center, 4380 Main Street.  Additional sessions TBD.  Refreshments will be provided.  For questions, contact Parent Network of WNY at 716-332-4170 or info@parentnetworkwny.org.
     

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For questions about course offerings, e-mail Elaine Sproat, Project Director, at esproat.proactivecaring@gmail.com or leave a voicemail message for the ProActiveCaring project at 1-800-691-3980.