Mount hosts conference on family caregiver stress reduction trainings

February 11, 2019
Lawrence T. Force (right) and Jeffrey Kahana (left), Social Sciences professors at Mount Saint Mary College, and Elaine Sproat, director of the ProActive Caring Initiative (center) at the recent ProActive Caring Train-the-Trainer Conference. 

Mount Saint Mary College’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy (CADP) recently hosted the Train-the-Trainer Conference, which focused on stress reduction for family caregivers.
The conference was an extension of CADP’s ProActive Caring program for family caregivers of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. This program is informed by Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Positive Adult Development, two evidence-based trainings developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. ProActive Caring aims to teach effective coping mechanisms for short- and long-term stressful situations. 
The recent training was funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
Mount Social Science Professors Lawrence T. Force and Jeffrey Kahana are co-directors of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at Mount Saint Mary College. Established in 2006, CADP promotes an interdisciplinary perspective dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship in the fields of gerontology and disability studies.
Force has worked in the field of aging and disabilities for more than three decades as an administrator, clinician, and educator. Kahana, in addition to his work at the Mount, is a prolific author on subjects ranging from academics to social issues in the United States.