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Caregivers needed to help deliver autism workshops

March 10, 2020

York University and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)  are looking to train clinicians and caregivers of people with autism to deliver ACT workshops in their communities.

What is ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is a mindfulness-based psychological intervention aimed at increasing one’s psychological flexibility.

What are ACT workshops?

The ACT intervention is spread over one evening followed by a full day and a “refresher” session, held four weeks later. The workshops are co-led by a clinician and caregiver. Research shows that participants who attend the workshops report improved wellbeing.

To learn more about ACT Workshops, please watch this video:

ACT Training 2020

Researchers are looking to train clinicians and family caregivers across Canada to deliver ACT for Caregivers Workshops. The training for clinicians and family caregivers to co-facilitate these workshops involves two levels.

The below information is for Caregivers:

If you are interested in leading ACT workshops in your community, we will ask you to come to Toronto for a Level 1 training and again for a Level 2 training. The dates are:

Level 1 caregiver training day 1: May 8th 4:30 – 8pm CST
Level 1 caregiver training day 2: May 9th 8pm – 4pm CST
Level 1 caregiver training refresher (virtual): June 4th 5:30pm – 8pm CST

Level 2 caregiver-clinician training day 1: September 25th 8am – 4pm CST Level 2 caregiver-clinician training day 2: September 26th 8am – 4pm CST

Training Cost

For family caregivers, we are able to fund 20 caregivers from around the country to come to the training. We are able to cover the cost of travel, hotel, and food.

Participant Selection

This is a competitive process as we only have 20 family caregiver spots available. Interested? Contact Bri Redquest at brianne.redquest@camh.ca.

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