Children with Complex Needs Didactic Series Fall 2021

kids with Mental Health / Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

Children with Complex Needs Didactic Series Fall 2021

The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring a series of webinars to support workforce development for systems that interact with, support, and provide treatment for persons who have mental illness co-occurring with an intellectual/developmental disability. The webinars will cover the most common challenges in providing effective care to this population. 

All training sessions will occur from 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Date Session Title
August 3, 2021 The Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
October 5, 2021 Adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Work with Autistic Youth
November 2, 2021 Psychopharmacology for Children with Complex Needs

 

Modality: Each training will be 1.5 hours of instruction in length. These didactics are a live interactive virtual training via zoom video conferencing platform.

Registration: Registration is free, but participants must pre-register for this training. We will confirm your registration by email. The capacity for each training will be set at 1000.

Target Audience: 
This training series targets behavioral health professionals, LME-MCO staff, medical professionals, nursing professionals, school staff, state, local child serving agencies, and parents of youth who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Inclement Weather Policy:
Any announcements regarding changes to the schedule due to inclement weather will be posted on https://bhs.unc.edu.  Registered participants will also be notified by email.

ADA Statement:
If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at (919) 843-6083 no later than ten business days before the program.

Contact for Questions:
For questions, further information, or concerns, contact bhrp-support@listserv.unc.edu
Or call (919) 843-6083

NC MHSSSA logoConfirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion:

Registration is free, but participants must pre-register for each webinar. We will confirm your registration by email. Closer to your training date, you will receive an email that includes your Zoom link. Successful completion includes being logged in and virtually participating for the entire webinar. Within 7 days of the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email notifying you that the evaluations and certificates are ready. The email will include a link to https://bhs.unc.edu where you can login using the username and password you chose at registration. Once you have logged in, you will see the training titles listed under "My Courses" on the left side. After clicking on the link, you will be taken to another page where you can click the link to the event evaluation. Once you have completed and submitted your evaluation, you can click on the link to access the Certificate of Completion. You will be able to print or save your Certificate as a PDF document.

Live Training Sessions:

NOTE: You need to logon to BHS to view and register for these training. Each session is limited to 200 participants.

Starts Session Register / Status
08-03-21 The Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities 8/3/2021 REGISTER
10-05-21 Adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Work with Autistic Youth 10/5/2021 REGISTER
11-02-21 Psychopharmacology for Children with Complex Needs 11/2/2021 REGISTER

Children with Complex Needs Didactic Series Fall 2021


The Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities  
Will be held live on 8/3/2021 from 10 am – 11:30 am
Dr. Jarrett Barnhill

The assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders is a multistep process that requires input from multiple disciplines. We will review this process and the complex role diagnosis plays in treatment planning and across the spectrum of multidisciplinary interventions.

Learning Objectives - participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the different issues involved in the clinical diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Stressor and Trauma-related and Psychotic Disorders.
  2. Apply the concepts of baseline exaggeration and diagnostic overshadowing to the diagnostic process. 
  3. Examine issues related to the predisposition, precipitation, perpetuation and protective factors such as resilience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  4. Identify the rationale use of adjunctive use of pharmacotherapies in treatment.  
     

Adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Work with Autistic Youth
Will be held live on 10/5/2021 from 10 am – 11:30 am
Molly Marus-Quinley, MSW, LCSWA

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), was developed with goals of teaching individuals to live more mindfully, cope with unavoidable levels of distress, become more effective in their interpersonal relationships, and build on ability to emotionally regulate. While this modality was originally intended for use in other populations, the skills can also be adapted to address the concerns and challenges faced by autistic youth. 
Information provided in this presentation will address the basic concepts of DBT and ways to adapt those basic concepts to work with autistic youth. In creating such adaptations, important elements considered will include understanding autistic culture, the connection between autistic identity affirming work and mental wellbeing, and special considerations for work with autistic youth who also have an I/DD diagnosis. This talk promises to be engaging and interactive in providing concrete skills to practice and recommendations you can carry forward into your work with this population. 

Learning Objectives - participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and identify the basic concepts of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
  2. Examine elements of Autistic culture and its relation to behavioral and emotional expression
  3. Consider the importance of Autistic identity affirming work and its connection to mental health
  4. Analyze the DBT model, and adaptation techniques for each stage of treatment
  5. Identify special considerations for Autistic youth who also have an I/DD diagnosis
     

Psychopharmacology for Children with Complex Needs
Will be held live on 11/2/2021 from 10 am – 11:30 am
Dr. Nathan Copeland

In this workshop, you will learn skills in the prescribing and management of psychotropic medications for children with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This will include identifying mental health concerns in children who might have difficulty expressing themselves or might experience symptoms differently, common side effects of medications, and best practices in prescribing.

Learning Objectives - participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the rationale for the use of psychotropic medication with youth dually dx with MH & IDD
  2. List the most common medications used with MH/IDD, based on behavioral presentation and Dx.
  3. Distinguish the possible side effects and its implications on behavior symptomology. (frequency of blood test or other evaluation measures to reduce long term and/permanent sides.i.e. how do we prevent this from happening)
  4. Identify Best Practices when prescribing to MH/IDD.
  5. Examine the role of polypharmacy and considerations when prescribing multiple psychotropic medications along with medications for common medical conditions seen in MH/IDD (i.e. Gastrointestinal issues, others).
     

Children with Complex Need Didactic Series 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6642. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Each successfully completed webinar qualifies for 1.5 contact hour.

This course has been submitted the North Carolina Addiction Specialist Professional Practice Board for 1.5 contact hours.
 

Dr. Jarrett Barnhill
Dr. Jarrett BarnhillJarrett Barnhill, MD is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and Fellow in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr Barnhill is the 2008 recipient of the Frank J Melanoscino Award from NADD and the 2012 Melanoscino award from the American Psychiatric Association for his contributions in the field of Psychiatric disorders among individual with Intellectual Disabilities. He was a major contributor in the Diagnostic Manual for Intellectual Disability-2 (DMID-1) and served on the International Advisory Board for this edition. He is a co-editor of the Diagnostic Manual-Intellectual Disability-2. Dr. Barnhill served on the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Molly Marus-Quinley
Molly Marus-QuinleyMolly Marus-Quinley, MSW, LCSWA, (She/Her), is a psychotherapist and co-director at Neurodiversity Empowerment Services, located in Cary, NC.  Molly is proudly neurodivergent and works to empower neurodivergent clients to embrace their full selves by recognizing their unique strengths. Molly has trained to work with neurodivergent (Autistic, ADHD, etc.) individuals across the lifespan, from children to adults, as well as with family members of neurodivergent individuals. Molly works from an identity affirming and inclusive approach. Molly particularly loves working with LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent teens and adults. In addition to professional training in DBT and other clinical modalities, Molly is an active listener to the autistic and ADHD communities, who share their lived experiences in a variety of digital spaces.

Dr. Nathan Copeland
Nathan CopelandJ. Nathan Copeland, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, an attending physician in the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an NC-PAL Child Psychiatrist, and Medical Director of the Duke Primary Care Behavioral Health Program. His clinical interests include the management of mental illness in autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychopharmacologic treatments, mental health systems and policy, and residency education.

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