Mindfulness and Compassion in Parenting
A 12-Week 90-minute Program for Parents and Caregivers of Autistic Children and Adolescents
Wednesdays from January 10 to March 20, 2024
6:30pm – 8:00pm Pacific Time
Compulsory Orientation session on Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Live on Zoom
Facilitated by Georgina Robinson, PhD & Zoey Ryan, BSc.
Applications are now closed for this event. Applicants will receive an email update on Thursday, November 30.
The cost of this six-week series is $500. Bursaries are available once you have been accepted into the program.
This will be an accepting, non-judgmental group dedicated to building the emotional resilience of parents caring for Autistic children and adolescents (ages 0-19). Participation in this group will teach skills to help you recharge your emotional and physical reservoir, cope with stress effectively, improve your caregiving relationship and build associated skills in your child.
Attend this program to learn how to:
- Activate your soothing system and regulate feelings of threat, worry and self-criticism.
- Recognize your stress patterns and respond more skillfully to situations involving yourself and those you care for.
- Attend to the needs of those you care for with kindness, patience, and wisdom.
- Increase the emotional strength, well being and problem-solving abilities of those you care for.
- Create healthier and more productive relationships between family members.
- Learn how to self-regulate and model adaptive responses to stress, which may translate to better co-regulation with your child during difficult times.
An Opportunity to Engage in Research
This is the fourth time that ACT has sponsored this program in collaboration with researchers at the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab at Simon Fraser University. The results from the programs held over the past two years showed positive results, including significant improvements in mindfulness, self-compassion, parental mental health, family quality of life, parental connections with children and skills to cope with stress.
This is an opportunity for participants to expand this research and create more informative outcomes. Applicants will be asked to complete questionnaires both pre and post program. All responses will be coded, and participant identities will remain anonymous. Neither ACT staff nor the group facilitators will have access to individual participant data.