The goal of this course is to raise awareness about the issues surrounding dual diagnosis, to present some typical and atypical signs of mental illnesses that may arise in this population, and to highlight how your interactions with individuals—whatever your role may be—can contribute to better supports for individuals

A powerpoint presentation of information about adults with depression and disabilities including guiding principles for practitioners.

Webinar – Invisible Disabilities: Understanding & Accepting What We Can’t See

Russell Lehmann is an award-winning and internationally recognized motivational speaker, poet, author and advocate who happens to have autism. Russell currently travels the world spreading hope, awareness and compassion in a raw and dynamic fashion, while also setting his sights on erasing the stigma and stereotypes that come with having a disability. Russell’s passion is to be a voice for the unheard, for he knows how difficult and frustrating it is to go unnoticed.

Join us for our free webinar on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 2-3 pm Eastern Time

Register here:

(If you are unable to attend live, the webinar is recorded and sent to registrants that request it)

Attendees will learn:

-How to better interact, support and accommodate individuals with invisible disabilities.

-How to broaden their perspective on the human condition.

-How to initiate dialogue/conversation surrounding emotionally painful and vulnerable topics.

CEU’s available for:

-Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

-KY Board of Social Work*

-KY Psychology Board of Examiners*

-KY Board of Nursing*

*Please check your state chapter for continuing education reciprocity


The full webinar and transcript will be embedded in this post following the event.

Webinar- Positive Identity Development: Identifying the Person, Not the Behavior

Presenter: Dr. Karyn Harvey, MA Clinical Psychology, PhD Applied Developmental Psychology

Positive Identity Development is an exciting new approach to working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This strengths-based strategy rejects reducing adults with disabilities to a compilation of their behaviors and instead nurtures each individual’s sense of identity. This webinar will outline the tools and constructs of Positive Identity Development, allowing psychologists, social workers, and therapists to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment they currently provide for this population.

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Webinar – Strategies for Supporting People at the Intersection of Disabled and Transgender Identities​

Presenter: Lydia X. Z. Brown, Disability justice advocate, organizer, attorney, educator, and writer (Learn more about Lydia on their website)

People who are both developmentally disabled and members of the queer, trans, and LGBTQIA+ communities are often ignored and excluded in both spaces, as well as fundamentally misunderstood by advocates, service providers, and support workers who do not share our identities or experiences. In this webinar, participants will learn basic terminology and concepts around queer and trans identities, develop better understanding of specific concerns and challenges facing developmentally disabled people under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, and become better equipped to provide affirming support and advocacy alongside us. Self-advocates, family members, and professionals all have something to learn about how to support and meaningfully include those of us at the margins of the margins.

The understanding that people can be dually diagnosed with intellectual disability (ID) and mental illness is relatively recent. Up until the last 30 to 40 years, it was assumed that people with ID could not also have a mental illness, and behavioral challenges were seen as a consequence of cognitive limitations rather than possible symptoms of underlying psychiatric conditions.

A suicide intervention and prevention plan from the Oregon Health Authority intended for the general population but with mention of screening for people with disabilities.

green and blue logo for mental health and developmental disability natinoal training center

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