Past Workshops

Did you miss a training? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! We record our workshops so you can watch them anytime you want and get the infomation you need. *Please note that CE’s are only available to those who attended the live training.

Clinical Consideration for working with Transgender People within the IDD Population

May 21, 2021

A unique aspect of the human experience is the variability of identities between each individual person and how these differences form diverse communities. Within the field of human services, it is vital to take into account the different characteristics and identifying factors that each person associates their true self with. While recognizing the differences that make a person who they are, it is important to acknowledge that those characteristics can increase challenges that they face in daily life with the potential to create barriers for receiving adequate support. In this training, we will explore how sex, gender, and transgender identify affects people diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD). With a focus on the intersectionality of the transgender and IDD identity we will discuss how, as clinicians, we can provide maximum support while being mindful of each person’s individual experiences. Specifically, we will review common ABA practices and how behavior analysis can be used to enhance support of people who identify as transgender within the IDD population.

Understanding Personality Disorders in People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

May 6, 2021

The conceptualization of personality disorders has centered largely on the personality functioning of neurotypical populations. Historically, little attention has been focused on the identification and treatment of personality disorders in persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD). The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) outlines special factors related to this topic. This presentation will explore these special factors, including developmental processes, differential diagnosis, and unique cultural experiences, among others. We will explore the 10 personality disorders currently recognized in the DSM-5 through the lens of the Diagnostic Manual for Intellectual Disability (DM-ID-2) as well as through select case examples. Special emphasis will be placed on the onset, course, etiology, and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Medication Dynamics and Polypharmacy Issues in Vulnerable Populations

May 5, 2021

As professionals working in the ID/DD community, we serve people who are sometimes prescribed a multitude of medications. Understanding a medication’s desired therapeutic effect and recognizing any adverse effects of the medication are tools we can use to promote safety and improve support services among the people we serve. During this presentation, we will examine the basic principles of pharmacodynamics (what drugs do to the body) and pharmacokinetics (what happens to drugs in the body). Diving into drug management issues, we will identify challenges faced with polypharmacy among vulnerable populations such as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and older adults. We will also discuss the consequences of overprescribing and how optimal therapy can be achieved. We will review risk factors for the development of adverse drug effects and highlight some key concepts regarding drug interactions with other medications and disease processes. Lastly, we will highlight some troublesome medications and ways to prevent polypharmacy when working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Accessing Private Events: Using Data Analysis to Manage Medical Rule Outs and Psychiatric Sympstoms on the Interdisciplinary Team

April 13, 2021

Within this training, Mollie explores Skinner’s conceptualization of private events and their role within human behavior. How these events may manifest within the behavior of someone with an intellectual and/or developmental disability and limited verbal repertoire is discussed. Skinner’s conceptualization of how humans develop a generalized tacting repertoire to describe private events is reviewed. Techniques for using data analysis and synthesis to access private events of those with limited verbal repertoires in order to maximize the benefits of medical consultation are presented and discussed. Mollie discusses how to utilize data to “be the person’s voice” for those with limited verbal abilities within the medical consultation setting.

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

April 06, 2021

Compassion fatigue and burnout are common experiences for staff in the helping professions. In this training, staff will be able to learn about these difficulties as well as how to combat them. Learning how to build resiliency and sustain our personal and professional selves allows us to continue to serve the intellectual disabilities community to the best of our abilities.

The Great Divide: Strategies for Behavior Analysts to Bridge the Generational Gap

January 26, 2021

Behavior Analysis is not just about behavior reduction and skill-building. It is also about using our skills to lead and manage in the workplace. Whether you work in residential or in-home, team collaboration is imperative for success. This workshop will help you understand the various generations present at work and understand what motivates them, how you can lead, and how to work together better.

While having various cultures in one workplace can present communication problems and conflicts, the benefits of such a variety in the workplace outweigh it. Learning how to deal with the generation gap at work will help you become a better behavior analyst, manager, leader, and team member.

Archived Trainings

Beyond the Assessment: Steps for Implementing Function-Based Interventions

May 21, 2020

Leading Outside the Lines: Leadership Through the Generations

September 16, 2020

Trauma Informed Care: What is it and What Can We do About it?

June 11, 2020

Part III – El Tratamiento: Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities (En Español)

October 20, 2020

Part II – La Salud: Mental Health Considerations for the Latino Community

October 13, 2020

Part I – El Apoyo: Providing to Support to Families with Mental Health, Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in the Latino Community

October 6, 2020