ACT for Caregivers
ACT for Caregivers is a web-based self-help program targeting caregivers of persons with dementia or significant memory loss. It was created by professors and clinicians at Utah State and supported by USU Extension.
Caregivers work through 10 sessions that teach Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) skills to manage care-related stress. Caregivers are also provided a library of resources to learn about caring for a person with dementia. Each session is designed to take about 20 minutes at the caregivers own computer (with internet), and taking a few days in between each session, caregivers complete the sessions in about 5 weeks. In the initial program evaluation phase, caregivers are compensated $50.00 for their participation.
ACT is an approach that has been empirically validated in multiple populations, and online versions of ACT are also empirically effective. Our ten sessions build upon sessions created for non-caregivers, but add care-specific content. We teach skills related to identifying what is important in life, noticing and becoming comfortable with difficult thoughts, behaviors that we use to avoid difficult thoughts, and using mindfulness based approaches to reduce stress and focus on the present.
If a caregiver is interested he or she contacts our research coordinator, contact Alex Schiwal to determine eligibility.