Reducing stress with mindfulness
Parents of children with developmental disabilities can now access an online program to help with stress.
Scientific research has shown that parents of children with developmental disabilities are at risk for experiencing elevated levels of stress; with additional research from UTS showing that parents of these children often face barriers accessing face-to-face psychological treatments for themselves.
To address this, the UTS Clinical Psychology have designed a free of charge, two-week online treatment program and are calling for parents of children with developmental disabilities to participate. The study, led by Clinical Psychology PhD candidate Raphaella Osborn and supervised by Professor Ian Kneebone, is researching the benefits of mindfulness in reducing stress.
Mindfulness techniques involve developing present moment non-judgemental awareness of our thoughts and experiences, and have been growing increasingly popular over the last 30 years for their ability to improve welling and reduce stress.
Participants will be given access to the website which provides information about mindfulness and brief, daily meditation recordings. The program will allow parents the opportunity to develop new skills for managing and reducing stress, which can be built on further after the completion of the program.
If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact Raphaella at Raphaella.Osborn@student.uts.edu.au