Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Incorporating Mindfulness Strategies into Behavioral Parent Training for Caregivers of Children With Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Studio AB, Niveau 2
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Tracy Raulston, M.Ed.
TRACY RAULSTON (University of Oregon), WENDY A. MACHALICEK (University of Oregon), Meme Hieneman (Positive Behavior Support Applications), Nell Caraway (IRIS Educational Media)
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to provide practitioners with methods to incorporate mindfulness strategies into behavioral parent training for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities. Parents of children with ASD are at an increased risk for clinically significant stress and depression. Mindfulness has been found to be associated with decreased stress and depression in parents of children with ASD, even after accounting for child challenging behavior (Jones, Hastings, Totskia, Keane, & Rhule, 2014). Additionally, mindfulness training has been successfully applied to this population, resulting in decreased levels of stress and increased quality of life (Neece, 2014). Attendees of this workshop should have foundational skills in behavioral parent training/coaching. This workshop will focus on how to embed mindfulness strategies within behavioral support plans. Example strategies include training parents to: (a) observe stimuli within (e.g., breath, private events) and outside (e.g., sound, smell) themselves; (b) objectively attend to variables affecting their childs behavior without adding assumptions; (c) detach from unpleasant private events (e.g., negative thought patterns associated with parenting); and (d) implement interventions as designed and without reacting to stress. Instructional videos and guided audio meditations will be shared during the training.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe operationally defined behaviors of mindfulness; (2) describe how stress reduction strategies increase the potential social validity of behavioral parent training and coaching; (3) describe how to objective attend to and observe private events and sensory stimuli; (4) practice the behaviors required for a short mindfulness meditation, including appropriate sitting posture, breathing, and engagement in critical private events.
Activities: Instructional strategies include lecture, discussion, video and audio sample, and group guided practice.
Audience: This workshop is intended for attendees with skills and experience training parents in the use of behavioral support plans. No knowledge or skills in mindfulness practices are required.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): mindfulness, parent training, stress reduction



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