Webinars

The ID/MH Dual Diagnosis Series for Direct Support Professionals

NADD, together with NADSP and The Boggs Center at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School bring you a webinar series specifically tailored for Direct Support Professionals

Individual Sessions: $55 each

Registration open to all

Webinars Will Address These Vital Topics:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2020 AT 2PM – 3PM EST

IDD and Mental Health: Understanding Dual Diagnosis Basics

Like the rest of the population, people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) may experience mental health challenges over the course of their lives. Also, research has shown that they are more likely to experience a secondary psychiatric disorder. Dual Diagnosis is a term used to describe the presence of both IDD and symptoms of a mental illness. This webinar will review considerations for supporting people with a dual diagnosis, including barriers to recognizing mental health issues in people with IDD and the impact of mental health needs on an individual’s quality of life.

Melissa Cheplic, MPH; Rutgers University, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020 AT 2PM – 3PM EST

The NADSP and DSP Competencies: Supporting people with Dual Diagnosis

Direct Support Professionals spend more time with the person with IDD/MI than any other professional. The competence of the DSP can make a big difference in the quality of life for people. Both NADSP and NADD have developed nationally recognized skills standards to certify the competence of DSPs who support people with IDD. We will review how to apply these competency areas to improve the quality and effectiveness of supports provided to individuals with Dual Diagnosis.

Melissa Cheplic, MPH; Rutgers University, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

Dan Hermreck,
Director of Certification and Accreditation, NADSP

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020 2PM – 3PM EST

Assessment Skills for Direct Support Professionals

Accurate assessment helps to identify physical or mental health symptoms, environmental triggers to behaviors, changes in moods, and other key information essential to support planning for people with IDD/MI. It can be a challenge to identify and evaluate factors that may contribute to signs and symptoms. This webinar will focus on strategies to differentiate between these causes, with an emphasis on indicators of a possible mental health condition.

Melissa Cheplic, MPH; Rutgers University, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 2PM – 3PM EST 

Positive Approaches to Crisis Prevention for People with IDD/MI

A crisis can occur when a person’s health or safety is at risk due to unmet needs. Many crises can be prevented or interrupted by addressing underlying causes, including mental health symptoms and repeated behavioral challenges. This webinar will focus on specific positive approaches and effective intervention strategies to help direct support professionals reduce the impact of potential risk factors for people with IDD

Melissa Cheplic, MPH; Rutgers University, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020 2PM – 3PM EST 

Psychopharmacology and the Role of the DSP

People with dual diagnosis are at risk for further health problems and may take many medications. Medications are often prescribed and then changed repeatedly due to incomplete diagnostic information. Communication challenges can affect a person’s ability to report their effectiveness. This webinar will review considerations for the use of medication, including the role of the DSP in advocating for a person with co-occurring disorders during prescribing, planning, treatment, and recovery.

Melissa Cheplic, MPH; Rutgers University, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020 2PM – 3PM EST 

Community Connection and Collaboration

A significant barrier to effective, meaningful supports for people with IDD is the separation of services. This can occur across systems, in the community, and within the person’s own support team. The Direct Support Professional has a critical role in helping an individual coordinate behavior, mental health, medical, and other support needs by facilitating communication and coordinating with other professionals. This webinar will explore how collaboration and teamwork can address barriers to supports by placing individuals at the center of his or her plan and decisions.

Melissa Cheplic, MPH; Rutgers University, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

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