Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Parents and Caregivers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Community-Based Approach

About the Course:

Stress among parents and other primary caregivers of children with developmental disabilities is pervasive and linked to lower quality of life, unhealthy family functioning, and negative psychological consequences. However, few programs address the needs of parents or caregivers of children with developmental disabilities. A mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program is a well-suited approach for these parents and caregivers, who may be overwhelmed by their children’s situation, anticipating future challenges and reliving past traumas. We aimed to develop, implement, and evaluate the feasibility of an MBSR program designed for this population in a community-based participatory setting.


Journal of Child and Family Studies

Publication Date:

Published On-Line December 3, 2013


Alicia Bazzano

Dr. Bazzano is a board-certified Pediatrician and academically trained public health researcher specializing to community based services for the disabled. Dr. Bazzano serves as Physician Consultant at the Westside Regional Center, as well as on the clinical faculty of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where she teaches medical students and residents about developmental disabilities.

Christiane Wolfe

Doctor Wolfe is the Program Director of InsightLA’s VA CALM grant, a Patient Centered Care Initiative of the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration to train clinicians and staff in mindfulness and compassion.

Lidia Zylowska

Lidia Zylowska, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Zylowska has expertise in integrative psychiatry, adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mindfulness-based therapy.

Steven Wang

Steven Wang is affiliated with the Westside Regional Center, Culver City, CA. and is a development consultant for the Achievable Foundation.

Christopher Barrett

Christopher Barrett is affiliated with the Westside Regional Center, Culver City, CA.

Danise Lehrer

Danise Letrer is affiliated with the Westside Regional Center, Culver City, CA.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about mindfulness based stress reductions. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identity components of a mindfulness based stress reduction approach for parents and caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities.

  2. Describe the design, implementation, content, and goals associated with the parent training classes employed in this study.

  3. Assess the outcomes of the intervention in terms of perceived stress reduction and improved psychological well-being.

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Course Number: 102253
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
Format: Online Article
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