TRAINING FOR MENTAL
Many times I have witnessed clinicians turning away a referral involving a person with IDD saying, “I am not equipped to work with them. I don’t have the training.” A personal goal of mine has been to attract clinicians to work in this underserved, yet fascinating, clinical specialty.
If you only knew what it could have in store for you as a clinician, you might think twice about turning this group away. Not only will you get to do mental health work, but you will also gain knowledge about a host of medical disorders, learn about the disability system of care in this state, as well as about advocacy efforts, and work with families and service staff. It really does take a village to work with someone with IDD.
Having worked over 20 years in the field of intellectual disabilities, I have acquired an extensive collection of training materials, and have developed several training presentations. I am available to train clinicians, parent groups, disability agencies, and any group interested in learning ways to understand and work more effectively with persons with IDD. Topics include:
- What is a dual diagnosis?
- Helping a person with IDD cope with stress.
- Steps to de-escalate your client when they exhibit aggression.
- Communicating effectively with individual with IDD.
- Understanding assessment practices in dual diagnosis.
- Learn elements of mental health evaluations and mental status examinations (MSE).
- What are the signs and symptoms of mental illness?
- Adapting therapy for people with IDD.
- Special considerations for childhood and adolescents with IDD.
- Our aging population. What does it look like for persons with IDD?
- Other related trainings can be available at your request.
Nearly *40% of all persons with IDD have a comorbid psychiatric diagnosis. Very few of these people are identified as having a mental health disorder. As a result, most persons with IDD and mental health disorders receive no treatment. They need more therapists willing to work with them. Please contact me with your training needs.
*Fletcher, R.J., Baker, D., St. Croix J., Cheplic, M. (2015). Mental health approaches to intellectual/developmental disability: A resource for trainers. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.