A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of individuals with autism

What is the research about?

This is a research project evaluating the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents. ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action consistent with what they care about. Each workshop is facilitated by a parent of an individual with autism and a trained clinician.

Who should attend?

Mothers and fathers of children, youth and adults with autism. Fluency in English is required.

What does participation involve?

Participating involves attending three workshop sessions held in London, Ontario:

Workshop One: Friday, April 12

5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, April 13

9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, May 11

5:30pm-9:00pm

Workshop Two: Friday, September 13

5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, September 14

9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, October 19

5:30pm-9:00pm

Please note: You will be randomly allocated to attend either Workshop One or Workshop Two.

As a participant in the project, you will need to attend all three sessions and complete some questionnaires before the workshop, and again on three occasions before and after the workshop. Participation in the workshop is free.

I'm Interested! What next?

For more information, please contact Andrea Maughan, at amaughan@yorku.ca

For the Flyer, click here.


This study is support by the York Research Chair in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disability.