Overview of Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Overview of Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

This course explores the unique needs of children and young people who have both mental health challenges and I/DD.  Topics include how the biological, psychological, and social aspects interact to influence physical and mental health; identification of barriers to appropriate assessments and interventions; and the importance of trauma-informed care. This course is designed to enhance your work with young people and their families while sparking your interest for additional exploration of this topic.

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 of all levels.  Child welfare professionals, court counselors, educators, primary care practitioners, and parents will also benefit.

Participants will

  • identify at least three barriers in obtaining appropriate assessments and interventions for youth who have co-occurring mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • describe the need for and value of using a biopsychosocial approach
  • explain why trauma-informed care is necessary for children and youth who have I/DD

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.

Lisa Lackmann, MSW, LCSW, is currently part of the team at the Behavioral Health Springboard at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Behavioral Health Springboard links current research to initiatives in the mental health and substance abuse service systems and offers technical assistance and face-to-face and on-line education programs. Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in child and adolescent mental health in a variety of roles, including outpatient therapist in both clinic and school settings, therapeutic foster care in-home worker, inpatient psychiatric hospital social worker, and System of Care Coordinator.

Self-paced online course of 1 hour: 

  1. NC Vision for Serving Young People who are Dually Diagnosed  (Dr. Jonnalagadda’s video)
  2. Prevalence
  3. Barriers to Diagnosis and Treatment
  4. Bio-psychosocial Approach
  5. Trauma Informed Care

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 is approved by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board for 1 contact hour.  Approval # 20-369-H-S  GSB.

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.

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. Websites and courses have been developed in compliance of US Section 508 standards where applicable or meeting W3C priority 1 guidelines for web accessibility.

Please contact bhrp-support@listserv.unc.edu with any questions or concerns regarding this course.

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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