Module 3: Medical Concerns and Conditions

Module 3: Medical Concerns and Conditions

Module 3 presents guiding principles for evaluating medical conditions and concerns including the concept of irritability, co-occurring conditions, side effects of medication, and medical complications.

The course was developed for a North Carolina audience by experts from UNC Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD).  It is designed for behavioral health providers and intellectual/ developmental disabilities specialists.  Child welfare professionals, court counselors, educators, primary care practitioners, and parents will also benefit.

Participants will

  • describe “irritability” and its potential causes in children with I/DD and/or mental health disorders
  • name three examples of medical conditions that influence the behavior of children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (e.g., epilepsy, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and dental concerns)
  • recall three factors that can reduce frustration tolerance and increase irritability in children with I/DD (e.g., side effects of medications)
  • explain why professionals working with youth with co-occurring issues need to understand potential medical drivers of behavioral challenges and irritability.

In addition to the instructors listed here for each course, the development of this curriculum was inspired by Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, developed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Subject matter experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio who contributed to the design and content of that course include Andrea Caoli, LCSW, Karyn Harvey, PhD, Karen Weigle, PhD, Lauren Charlot, PhD, and Joan Beasley, PhD.

Rob Christian, MD, joined Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) in 2009 and is an assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Christian graduated from the UNC School of Medicine and did his post graduate training at The Brown University Triple Board Program which is a combined training program in General Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.

Self-paced online course of 1 hour: 

  1. Guiding Principles
  2. “Irritability” in I/DD
  3. Key co-morbidities
    • Epilepsy
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Gastro-intestinal Disorders
    • Dental concerns
  4. Special considerations related to recognized syndromes

The UNC 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 UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  UNC SSW designates this continuing education activity for 1 contact hour.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, #1406, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 8/10/2019 to 8/10/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.

This module has been by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board for 1 hr GSB.  Approval # 20-369-H-S.

Confirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion: We will confirm your registration by email after payment is received. If you successfully complete this course, your certificate 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 (80%)

Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued for this event.

Inclement Weather Policy: N/A

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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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