Caregivers of those with intellectual disabilities (ID) are susceptible to clinical depression and anxiety due to the overwhelming burden and outlook for the inevitable physical and emotional dependency. Treatments such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy have shown to lessen such burden and lower psychological distress in caregivers; however, the rising costs of such treatments advocate for a more efficient avenue. Mindfulness-based group cognitive therapy has been minimally researched yet shows promising factors in which clients find support through collaboration and feedback while utilizing the lower costs found in a group format. This article highlights the necessary factors of caregiver burden and how further research of group MBCT and group MBSR is pertinent to support this vulnerable population.


Krista Kirk is a doctoral student at Liberty University, studying Counselor Education and Supervision. She has several years experience counseling individuals with intellectual disabilities and hopes to continue her research to find adaptable treatments for this population. She is married to her husband Rob, and lives in Richmond, Virginia where they help pastor at their church, Commonwealth Chapel.

Krista E. Kirk

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