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Serving the Mental Health Needs of Adults with a Developmental Disability
Topic/Sujet Dual Diagnosis
Certificate/Certificat Yes
Level/Niveau Intermediate
Format In-Person
Session Summer
Course Dates/Dates du cours Click here/Cliquez ici


People living with developmental disabilities experience mental health issues and/or illnesses at much higher rates than the general population. There are many causes associated with these difficulties, some of which can be prevented, such as social isolation and communication barriers. Direct support professionals play an important role in assisting clinicians to determine whether a behavioural disturbance is a symptom of a mental illness, an expression of a medical condition, is the result of environmental or support difficulties or an emotional issue.

Using scenarios and tools, participants will gain an understanding of mental illness within a biopsychosocial perspective in order to provide optimal support to individuals 16 years and older with a dual diagnosis, as well as plan a response to crisis situations in collaboration with emergency services and community providers.

Service providers from various positions within community and housing services will learn about effective approaches and tools to support individuals on a day-to-day basis and in crisis situations, as well as how to assist professionals to assess for mental illness and support treatment.

Outcomes/Objectifs d'apprentissage

• Describe developmental disabilities, mental illness and dual diagnosis, together with causes and prevalence.
• Identify challenges to diagnosis and assessments of mental illness in persons with developmental disabilities.
• Use the HELP framework (Health, Environment & Supports, Lived Experience, Psychiatric Disorder), to identify factors contributing to behavioural change and/or mental illness.
• Apply optimal supports approaches and tools based on the biopsychosocial approach.
• Plan a response to crisis situations in collaboration with emergency services and community providers

Contact karen@safeguards-training.net if you'd like more information about booking this training onsite at your organization.


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