Research Study: ACT for parents of individuals with autism

Research Study: ACT for parents of individuals with autism

What is the research about?

York University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is researching the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of individuals with autism. 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?

If you are a mother or father of adults (16+) with autism and are fluent in English.

What does participating involve?

You can participate in 3 workshop sessions in Toronto:

Workshop One: Friday, February 22

5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, February 23

9:00am-4:30pm

Thursday, March 21

5:30pm-9:00pm

Workshop Two: Friday, June 21

5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, June 22

9:00am-4:30pm

Thursday, July 18

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

Download the study flyer, here.


The study is supported by the York Research Chair in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disability.