Understanding How Caregiver Mindfulness Works and Why It Helps Youth

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the core processes that create therapeutic change when caregivers engage in a mindfulness-based intervention.
  2. be aware of possible explanations to why secondary effects occur for a caregiver's child when the caregiver engages in a mindfulness-based intervention.
  3. be more scientifically informed about the empirically demonstrated global benefits that mindfulness-based interventions might offer a family system.


Much confusion still exists when practitioners talk about mindfulness. How is it defined? What do interventions look like? And what changes occur inside clients? This poster presentation provides the initial workings of a single-case design study examining the daily changes that occur when stressed caregivers engage in a mindfulness intervention. As practitioners better understand this picture, they can start considering how mindfulness interventions with caregivers might also indirectly affect their struggling students.



Caleb D. Farley, Utah State University


Tyler Renshaw


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