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.  The ProActive Caring Stress Reduction Training provides this opportunity.  The training blends 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 and the Capital District in 2018. It will expand to sites in Central and Western New York in 2018-2019 and to sites in New York City and on Long Island in 2019-2020. Most sessions are offered in the early evening hours. Space is limited, and family caregivers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stress Reduction Trainings for Family Caregivers

This is a free, three-part 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. Pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be provided, and free childcare will be provided upon request.

These training sessions will be offered:

  • In Hopewell Junction, at Hudson Valley Behavioral Solutions, 25 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533, from 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesdays October 2, 16, and 30
  • In Newburgh, at Mount Saint Mary College, Kaplan Recreation Center, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550, from  6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesdays October 10 and 24, and November 7
  • In Ellenville, at Center for Spectrum Services, 4 Yankee Place, Ellenville, NY 12428, from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesdays October 10 and 24, and November 7

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Additional trainings will be offered in 2019. Please check back for details or join our mailing list to receive more information when it becomes available.

For more information, contact Lawrence T. Force, PhD, LCSW-R, at 845-569-3164 or Jeffrey Kahana, JD, PhD, at 845-569-3151.