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 beginner-level 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. 

This course is designed to acquaint medical, behavioral health, I/DD, and social services professionals with the complexity of managing the optimum care of young people who have both I/DD and a mental health disorder. It may also provide useful information to family members and educators.

Continuing education information for the for-cost version of each module
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 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: 08/10/2019 – 08/10/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Each of the 7 modules in this series has been approved for 1 General Skill Building contact hour through NCSAPPB.  Approval # 20-369-H-S.

Continuing education information for the free version of each module
Participants will receive a certificate of completion for 1 contact hour for completion of each module.

Confirmation Notices & Certificates of Completion: Before beginning each course in the curriculum, participants will complete a pretest. Upon finishing each course, they will be directed to complete and pass a post-test (passing score is 80%) and a program evaluation. Having finished both, a .pdf of the Certificate of Completion can be generated by participants and sent to them by e-mail. Participants who complete all 7 courses will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed the entire curriculum.

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 bhs-support@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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