A System to Support Parents During the Pandemic
The present crisis is an extraordinary threat to family wellbeing. We are seeking crowdfunding to create and disseminate a system for helping parents during this time of lockdowns and social distancing. Enormous demands are being placed on parents when they are at their most vulnerable, creating an incendiary situation for increased risk in families. They need practical, immediately actionable, evidence based tools to scaffold safety and nurturance through the COVID crisis.
We believe that we can help many families increase safety and nurturance at the same time decrease conflict and stress. This is an opportunity to help families come out the pandemic in better shape than they were.
Behavioral scientists are essential and have exactly the tools and knowledge families need right now. We are a group of behavioral scientists with years of experience in working with children and families. Families who are stressed by the many challenges they face are under great strain. It is in these circumstances that the risk of abuse rises because harsh reactions to unwanted behavior immediately stop that behavior, but over time shape harsh and inconsistent discipline by parents. What is needed is a system for providing parents with simple positive ways of supporting loving behavior that we call kernels. Given the limits on communication with parents, we need a system that provides them with brief, simple things they can do to care for themselves and to nurture positive behavior in others.
We propose to make easy to implement strategies for self-care and loving parenting widely available through a website and the use of paid advertising in social media to bring people to the website. Initially, we are building three functions on the website: Taking Care of Yourself; Kernels for Kids; and Useful Resources for Parents. You can view the website at nurturinginplace.com
We need funds to build the website and to reach parents via the internet. We also need funds to cover the expense for liability insurance. Those of us who are creating the material are doing so on a volunteer basis, with the exception of our programmer (who is Tony Biglan’s son) and the administrative staff of Values to Action.
Although this crisis is a threat to family wellbeing, it may also be an extraordinary opportunity. Millions of parents find themselves in need of advice on how to handle the situation. We run the risk of family relationships deteriorating, but we have the possibility that we can reach them with practices that greatly increase loving relationships.
Tony Biglan, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
President, Values to Action
Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Katie Clawson (KatieC@ori.org)
Research Assistant, Oregon Research Institute
Secretary and Administrative Assistant, Values to Action
Lisa W. Coyne, PhD (email@example.com)
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
President-Elect, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Pediatric and Clinical and Scientific ADvisory Boards
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
Dennis D. Embry. PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
President / Senior Scientist
Sean Layton (email@example.com);
Senior Software Developer, Bright Dolphins
Shaylor Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Team Leader Limelight, Build Your Dreams, Eugene Mindworks
Ron Prinz, PhD (email@example.com)
Carolina Distinguished Professor
University of South Carolina
Sarah Richling, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Clinical Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Whitney Stratten (email@example.com)
Treasurer, Values to Action
ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer
Second Chair, Commit & Act International
Hybrid Master’s Program
Florida Tech School of Behavior Analysis
Florida Institute of Technology
Mark Van Ryzin, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oregon Research Institute
Kelly Wilson (email@example.com)
University of Mississippi Founder
Values to Action is a 501 (c) 3 organization that was created to increase nurturance throughout society.