Dual Diagnosis Lunchbox Series: Considerations when Supporting Youth with Complex Needs in Foster Care

Considerations when Supporting Youth with Complex Needs in Foster Care

Series Description: Youth who are dually diagnosed and supported in foster care not only experience the trauma associated with being placed outside of their community, but also have the potential to be misunderstood and not appropriately cared for due to their unique needs. This lunchbox series will cover best and promising practices when working with individuals with I/DD and/or neurodivergence in the foster care system.

Modality: This series consist of four trainings. Each webinar will be a 1-hour lecture. These webinars will be a live 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.

Target Audience: Providers and foster care parents who serve or have the capacity to serve children with complex needs.

All training sessions will occur from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Date Speaker Title

September 13, 2022   

Lara Palay  Trauma Informed Care Using a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Approach When Working with Youth in Foster Care who have ID and Mental Health Conditions

December 6, 2022

 

Lara Palay

Crisis Response for Youth in Foster Care who have ID and Mental Health Conditions

February 7, 2023 Christine Bagley

Culture, IDD and Special Considerations for Transition Age Youth in Foster Care

April 4, 2023 Brian Tallant How to Support Foster and Biological Families with Youth who have a Dual Diagnosis and are Supported in Foster Care

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Dual Diagnosis Lunchbox Series: Considerations when Supporting Youth with Complex Needs in Foster Care Fall 2022


Trauma Informed Care Using a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Approach When Working with Youth in Foster Care who have ID and Mental Health Conditions
Will be held live on 09/13/2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Speaker: Lara Palay

Description
In this session we will explore the needs of dually diagnosed youth in foster care from a trauma-informed perspective. This population of youth can be vulnerable to a unique constellation of traumas and stressors, creating challenges for the foster home environment. A bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to assessment and support takes a rounded view of the whole child, and addresses needs with this framework in mind. We will discuss how multidisciplinary teams can help build a bio-psycho-social-spiritual support network. We will also use vignettes using common foster care situations to implement bio-psycho-social-spiritual interventions and approaches.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual approach and its importance when working with youth in foster care who have MH & I/DD. 
  2. Explain the best and promising practices when working with dually diagnosed youth, and its implications on the foster care home. 
  3. Examine scenarios using the Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual approach and best practices when serving youth in foster care who have MH & I/DD. 
 

Crisis Response for Youth in Foster Care who have ID and Mental Health Conditions
Will be held live on 12/06/2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Speaker: Lara Palay
 

Description
Experiencing crisis is part of being human, but some youth in foster care are particularly susceptible to crisis and dual diagnoses can compound this. Traumatic stress increases the likelihood that crises will occur. We will look at the elements of crisis, and special considerations for dually diagnosed youth. Along with some basic crisis intervention techniques, we’ll explore how crisis can be opportunities for growth, and how foster settings can encourage coping and resilience. We’ll cover what evidence-based approaches can be helpful to support someone during and after a crisis has occurred.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the important elements of post crisis support, including resource identification and accessing strengths.
  2. Identify common drivers of complex behavioral presentations in IDD 
  3. List strategies to mitigate crisis. 
  4. Planning for ongoing supports 

Culture, IDD and Special Considerations for Transition Age Youth in Foster Care
Will be held live on 02/07/2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Speaker: Christine Bagley
 

Description
For youth in foster care transitioning into adulthood is challenging.  Addressing cultural considerations in tandem with highly coordinated person centered, cross-system transition planning offers youth the opportunity to engage in committed, stable relationships in the community of their choosing and access to not only culturally responsive services and supports, but those services and supports that can be responsive their constellation of needs. This session will review the risk factors of transition aged youth who have co-occurring I/DD and mental health diagnoses who are in foster care and offer strategies to successfully supporting youth as they move into adulthood, while honoring individual and cultural considerations by engaging in trastion practices that are strength based, person-driven, and highly integrated.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the importance of culture and its impact on the I/DD population.
  2. Describe the risk factors of transition aged youth who have MH & I/DD.
  3. Apply strategies to assist transition age youth move into adulthood successfully, while also taking into consideration cultural implications of I/DD.

How to Support Foster and Biological Families with Youth who have a Dual Diagnosis and are Supported in Foster Care
Will be held live on 04/04/2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Speaker: Brian Tallant

Description
Youth with IDD and co-occurring mental health issues are at high risk for out-of-home placement.  Child welfare is often the system responsible for seeking therapeutic foster placements for these children, posing unique stressors and challenges for the youth, their biological families and foster care providers. This presentation will focus on how clinicians can support youth with IDD/DD and their foster care providers and family members through advocacy, education, and coordination of care.  This presentation will demonstrate how the clinician can promote resilience within the family system, including biological parents and foster providers, through adapted family therapy and a collaborative approach to engagement and communication

Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the challenges faced by foster care providers and biological family members in working together.
  2. Illustrate the importance of biological and foster family collaboration in supporting youth with MH & ID who are supported in foster care.
  3. Develop a collaborative plan with the biological and foster care families, to support effective communication.

 

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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 2 contact hour.  

 This course has been submitted the North Carolina Addiction Specialist Professional Practice Board for 2 contact hours.

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Lara Palay, MSW, LISW-S
Lara PalayLara Palay, MSW, LISW-S is a founding partner of Aldridge Palay Consulting and a clinical social worker in private practice. She received her BA in 1991 and her MSW in 1998 from Ohio State. Ms. Palay was Project Manager for the Mental Illness/Developmental Disabilities Coordinating Center of Excellence for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Systems Change. She taught for a decade at Ohio State University’s MSW program. She is the author of numerous articles, white papers and policy briefs. Her book, “The Way Through: Trauma Responsive Care for IDD Professionals” is published by NADD Press. Ms. Palay speaks in the U.S. and internationally on developmental disabilities, trauma, grief, burnout, meaning and other topics. 
 
Christine Bagley
Christine BagleyChristine Bagley has worked alongside children, families, providers and system partners and professionals to deliver services, supports, leadership, and policy and program guidance to both public and private systems that serve individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for the past 19 years. She presently serves as a Children and Youth System of Care Specialist in the public sector, supporting local child serving system across the state in the development and instalment of their local Children and Youth Systems of Care. Drawing on her experience in the private sector supporting individuals’ with complex needs, her recent work has focused on service integration, coordination and navigation for children, youth and families who are served by multiple systems, including child welfare, probation, behavioral health, developmental services and education, with an emphasis on re-engineering siloed civic services to be driven by children, youth and families and integrated to improve cross-system service coordination and practices for individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability who have a diverse constellation of needs. Christine is also fluent in American Sign Language and has provided services, supports and consultation in early intervention, educational, and community settings for individuals across the lifespan focusing on the strengths, needs, interventions and cultural considerations for the Deaf+ community.

 

Brian D. Tallant, LPC, NADD-CC
Brian TallantBrian Tallant is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Associate Director at Rocky Mountain Human Services in Denver.  Brian has been a counselor and administrator in the community mental health field for close to 30 years.  Brian is a contributing member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and he serves on the Board of Directors of NADD, an association for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.  Brian conducts workshops nationally and internationally on adapted mental health treatments and resilience planning for people experiencing secondary traumatic stress in the helping professions
 

 

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