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Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Spring 2018


Spring 2018 Session Details

Registration Details


Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Assessment, Pharmacology, and New Strategies to Reach Underserved Areas

Julie P. Gentile, MD, DFAPA
Professor and Chair
Director, Intellectual Disability Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Wright State University
Dayton, OH

Patients with intellectual disabilities may present with aggression toward self or others in clinical settings, and often present to mental health clinics when in fact they have undiagnosed or under-treated medical conditions. In this session, Dr. Gentile will use clinical vignettes with the chief complaint of aggression or other behavioral presentations and illustrate diagnostic and assessment considerations to determine etiology of behavior. Specific areas of pharmacologic management and needs related to this specialized population will be reviewed. Statewide grant-funded programs (including Telepsychiatry) to reach underserved areas and to solve supply/demand problems will also be shared.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, April 5, 2018
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ

NJLEND CE Event Recognizing Autism Awareness Month

Preparing Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
for a Life After School

Cathy Pratt, PhD, BCBA
Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Many adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed. As individuals enter the adult world, it isimportant that those who support them understand the complexity of ASD and develop the skills needed to best support these young adults in ways that help promote desired outcomes, including work and postsecondary education. Such skills include designing appropriate accommodations and understanding how and when to use evidence-based practices. This presentation will provide strategies for achieving optimal outcomes across all domains of life, including social, behavioral, communication, work, and postsecondary programming.


Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Session cancelled
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ


Transition: A Fresh Start or a Cliff for Youth with Complex Needs?

Sue Swenson, MBA
Inclusion International
Bethesda, MD

Families of youth with complex and multiple support needs may find it difficult to imagine how their sons and daughters will achieve the independence that is the goal for others. This presentation addresses how to align the human rights of youth and families with services and supports that are sufficient and not over-engineered. Discussion will include ways in which current federal programs and initiatives can support success among youth with significant and complex support needs. Important advocacy, system, and policy implications will also
be presented.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, May 3, 2018

1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ


Supported Decision-Making: Change the Culture, Change the World!

Jonathan Martinis, Esq., JD
Senior Director for Law and Policy
Burton Blatt Institute
Syracuse University
Washington, DC

“Physical or mental disabilities in no way diminish a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of society” – The Americans with Disabilities Act. And, yet, for over 2,000 years, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had their rights routinely removed. This presentation will discuss considerations that should be
made with guardianship. It will also introduce and discuss the benefits of Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship as a way to improve life outcomes. Finally, the presentation will discuss ways to access and coordinate Supported Decision-Making services throughout life, from pre-k to end of life planning.


Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, May 17, 2018
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Registration Details

Fee information: Free of charge. Registration is required and space is limited.

Continuing Education Available:
CRCC, NJ Social Work, NJDOE (all sessions)
DDNA (April 5 and April 12 only)
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