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 evidence-informed training series 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 two-hour sessions are conducted in face-to-face group meetings, and three sessions are offered through podcasts or videos you can access from home; however, other configurations may be adopted by the facilitators of a particular class, as noted below.  Pre-registration is required, preferably at least a week prior to the first class. 

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

  • In Lagrangeville, at Arlington High School, 1157 Route 55, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm on Saturdays Mar. 7 and 28.  Lunch will be provided during the in-person sessions. (Online material will be made available in the intervening weeks.). For more information, contact Fiona Rattray at 845-228-7457 or

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