The goal of the symposium is to advance this area of research by using three examples of MI-BPTs and highlighting the potential mechanisms by which mindfulness may optimize intervention outcomes of existing BPTs. Each presenter will address important theoretical and practical issues concerning the development, evaluation, and/or implementation of the MI-BPT in a specific context.
The first presentation is a prevention program for parentally bereaved families with a child ages 3-18 years. This program is based on the Family Bereavement Program (FBP), which has been shown to improve parental mental health, parenting, and child outcomes in a randomized controlled trial. The FBP is being adapted to integrate self-compassion and mindfulness and to increase its ease of use in community settings. The presenter will discuss issues related to the development of the adapted program, and present pre-intervention data.
The second presentation is a prevention program for families with a 4-13-year-old and a military parent who had been deployed to war zones in the Middle East, known as After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT). ADAPT was developed based on Parent Management Training – Oregon model (PMTO), a theory-driven, evidence-based BPT for preventing children’ conduct problems. The presenter will discuss the findings from a randomized controlled trial regarding the relations of mindfulness to parental mental health and parenting, and the use of mindfulness for improving parental emotion regulation.
The third presentation is a universal prevention program for families with a child ages 10-14 years. The Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14) has shown efficacy in improving parenting, enhancing youth development, and preventing youth problem behaviors. The presenter will discuss findings from a three-arm randomized trial, comparing the Mindfulness-Enhanced SFP 10-14, the SFP 10-14, and a home-study group, and pinpoint how infusing brief, practical mindfulness activities may enhance program effects.
At the end of the presentations, the discussant will synthesize what we have learned from these programs, highlight the promises and challenges of integrating mindfulness into existing BPTs, and suggest future directions.