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 Tuesdays August 27, Sept. 10, and Sept. 24. 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 email@example.com.
- In Jamestown, NY, at The Resource Center, 200 Dunham Avenue, 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday August 28, Tuesday Sept. 11, and Monday Sept. 30. Light refreshments will be provided at the in-person sessions. Free childcare will be provided upon request. For questions and childcare reservations, please call Marcia Restivo at The Resource Center, 716-661-1069.
- In Amherst, NY, at The Center for Clarity, 1412 Sweet Home Road, Suite 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Mondays Sept. 9, Sept. 23 and Oct. 7. Refreshments will be provided at the in-person sessions. Free childcare will be provided upon request. For questions, contact Sarah Smith, 716-430-2524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In Cheektowaga, NY, at the Aspire Building, Parent Network of WNY, 7 Community Drive, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesdays Sept. 17, Oct. 1, and Oct. 15. A light dinner will be provided at the in-person sessions. Free childcare will be provided upon request. For questions and childcare reservations, contact Rob Muldoon, 716-332-4178 or email@example.com.
Register online today!
Please check back for details about additional courses or join our mailing list to receive more information when it becomes available.
For questions about course offerings, e-mail Elaine Sproat, Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail message for the ProActiveCaring project at 1-800-691-3980.