Introduction to the Mental Health Needs of Children and Young People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (No Cost)

screen shotYoung people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are two to four times more likely to have a co-occurring mental health condition than those who are typically developing, yet these conditions are often missed and go untreated. Timely identification and treatment of these conditions promotes increased well-being, reduces suffering, and supports young people in developing to their fullest potential. Young people with I/DD generally encounter a wide spectrum of helping professionals who bring their expert knowledge to the care they provide but who may not be acquainted with the expertise of others on the young person’s care team. This curriculum is designed to fill in some of the potential gaps in knowledge by providing a review of the causes of I/DD and behavioral issues that often accompany it, mental health conditions that most commonly occur, and evidence-based strategies to treat those conditions and address the behaviors that interfere with the young person’s well-being. The principal audience for this curriculum is health care providers and I/DD specialists, but it may also inform social services providers, educators, and parents.

This self-paced set of courses, leading to individual certificates for each one and a certificate for participants who complete all 7, is designed to familiarize practitioners who work with children and young people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Some or all of the modules may benefit professionals in medical, human services, and judicial settings. 


The course was designed for mental health professionals including enhanced service providers and care coordinators; and intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) professionals, including direct care providers and care coordinators. The course may also be useful for other human services, judicial, and medical professionals who work with youth with dual MH conditions and I/DD.


Participants will receive a certificate of completion for 1 contact hour for completion of each module.
Confirmation Notices & Certificates of Completion: If you successfully complete this course, your certificate(s) will be ready for you to print or save. Successful completion includes:

  • Amount of time spent in the course has met the course minimum.
  • You have completed the course evaluation
  • ​You have passed the Post-Test(s) (80%).

Please note: There are two versions of this online course. This "no cost" version provides a general Certificate of Completion only. If you need pre-approved continuing education credit, you must register for the individual modules ($20 each) or for the series of 7 modules (discount price is $100 for all), which will grant a Certificate of Completion verifying the course has been approved for continuing education credit through NBCC, ASWB and NCSAPPB.
Please click here to view the and enroll in the C.E. version of this course.


Refund Policy: Not applicable (no fee associated with this course)


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This course was created with funding from the federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.958) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.

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