I am very excited to share this amazing free parent support webinar provided by Dr. Lisa Coyne, Ph.D., and Dr. Evelyn Gould, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA to help with parental burn-out during these uncertain COVID-19 times. The following information is shared directly from the Praxis website:
"Parental burnout is a specific syndrome resulting from enduring exposure to chronic parenting stress. It is not ordinary stress, and signs can include exhaustion in one’s parental role, contrast with previous parental self, and emotional distancing from one’s children.
To date, research on parental burnout has focused on understanding what makes parents vulnerable to this condition. Researchers have found that parents are at greatest risk when they aim to be perfect parents, lack emotion and stress management abilities, lack emotional or practical support from the coparent or broader social networks, have children with special needs that interfere with family life, or they work part-time or are stay-at-home.
For many of these risk factors, COVID-19 really is the perfect storm...
This free live webinar will focus on strategies for parents dealing with the struggles presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. Topics covered will include:
Whether you are a mental healthcare provider working with parents, or a parent yourself, join us online for this exploration in how self-compassion can begin to dismantle parental burnout, and help to ease the burden of this crisis". www.praxiscet.com (retrieved on May 8, 2020).
Tuesday May 12, 2020, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm MST
Please click on the link below if you are interested or would like to join!
Please check out this recommended reading by Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, Harvard Medical School.
Avoidance is one of the most common behaviors I target in my work as a clinical behavior analyst while supporting individuals with anxiety. When things are too difficult or we don't yet have the skills to handle certain life challenges, our first instinct is to avoid the discomfort. Our brain is wired to protect us from the pain, so we naturally avoid and push it as far away as possible. In doing so, we may find we adopt unhealthy coping skills to manage the discomfort. This pulls us away from living a life we value and we can easily get stuck in this cycle. My work centers around intentionally learning new skills through acceptance and commitment training (ACT training). Leaning into the discomfort, getting unstuck with mindful compassion and then choosing a direction that aligns with your life's values is the core foundation of ACT and it's a game changer! Please see the link below for more information on why this works and is such an important skill in everyone's life!
Covid Coach is a mobile app that serves as a resource to help individuals stay connected and cope with stress, anxiety, parenting, care-taking, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a free and evidence-informed, and intended for everyone. This app was developed by staff at the National Center for PTSD. Please click on the link below to get more information on this valuable app!
The World Health Organization (WHO) released this ACT illustrated book called “Doing What Matters in Times of Stress”. Please click on link below to access this free resource.
Below is a link for an ACT inspired video from Dr. Russ Harris on how to FACE COVID. I highly recommend watching this video as it has lots of valuable information to support all of us.
Finally here is a link for a parenting in a pandemic podcast and other resources from the founders of Triple P parenting program that you may find helpful as support during these uncertain times:
I hope these resources are helpful. Please reach out if I can be of additional support during this time.