Stress Reduction and Social Competence for Caregivers

This eight-session clinical service aims to reduce stress commonly experienced by caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Using Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT®), a mindfulness and compassion training program developed at Emory University, caregivers will learn practical skills for self- and social-regulation. This course is led by Samuel Fernandez-Carriba, PhD, a licensed bilingual clinical psychologist with expertise in developmental disabilities and certified in CBCT. 

The program consists of two sections of four weekly sessions. Each session will include instruction, group discussion, a 30-minute period of guided meditation and at-home assignments. Participants who enroll in Part 1 (English or Spanish) will be invited to register for Part 2.

Program dates

Program conducted in Spanish: 

  • Part 1: March 15, 2019, through April 5, 2019, Fridays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Part 2: May 3, 2019, through May 24, 2019, Fridays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Program conducted in English 

  • Phase 1: June 21, June 28, no session July 5, July 12, July 19 Fridays 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Phase 2: July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 16, Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The cost to attend this program is $180 for one caregiver for each section. Registration and payment are due before the first day for each section. When requested, a superbill will be provided that may be submitted for reimbursement to an eligible insurance. A limited number of scholarships may be available. 

Childcare will be provided during the meetings if requested in advance.

Contact Christa Aoki, PhD, with questions or to register. 

This initiative is funded by the Marcus Autism Center Clinical Innovation Fund.


June 21, 2019 to August 16, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM