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Mount’s CADP offers free stress reduction trainings for family caregivers

June 19, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Lawrence T. Force (pictured) and Jeffrey Kahana, Social Sciences professors at Mount Saint Mary College, spearheaded the upcoming ProActive Caring Stress Reduction trainings.

Lawrence T. Force (pictured) and Jeffrey Kahana, Social Sciences professors at Mount Saint Mary College, spearheaded the upcoming ProActive Caring Stress Reduction trainings.

 

Mount Saint Mary College’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy (CADP) will offer free stress reduction training for family caregivers in the Hudson Valley beginning in June.

As part of CADP’s ProActive Caring program, family caregivers of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities are eligible to enroll. 

Participants can attend the three-session program at either Mount Saint Mary College or Middletown at Access: Supports for Living.

The training at Mount Saint Mary College (330 Powell Ave., Newburgh) is from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: June 26, July 10, and July 17. 

The training at Middletown at Access: Supports for Living is from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following Thursdays: June 28, July 12, and July 26. 

Additional trainings will be offered throughout the summer and fall at sites of selected Community Service Providers in the Hudson Valley and Capital District.

ProActive Caring Stress Reduction is a three-session training held over a six-week period. The training is informed by the curricula of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Positive Adult Development, two evidence-based trainings developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. It aims to teach effective coping mechanisms for short- and long-term stressful situations.  

Refreshments will be provided. Free child care will be provided upon request. This initiative is funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

To register or obtain more information, visit www.msmc.edu/proactiveFC or contact Lawrence T. Force, Ph.D., LCSW-R (845-569-3164) or Jeffrey Kahana, J.D., Ph.D. (845-569-3151), co-directors of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at Mount Saint Mary College. Space is limited, and family caregivers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Mount’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy was established in 2006. It 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. 

According to Force and Kahana, the CADP’s ProActive Caring program 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. It aims to provide 1,000 family caregivers of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities with continued support and training in the next three years.