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Behavior & Mental Health

 

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The new Online Registration System offers many features such as individual user accounts, calendar of events, training registration, confirmation emails, copies of certificates, and much more.

Potential Behavior & Mental Health training courses are listed below.

To view details and register for current training courses, visit:
Boggs Center Online Registration System


Introduction To Positive Behavior Supports &
Applied Positive Behavior Supports


Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports


This one-day training will introduce the fundamental principles of positive behavior support to help care providers gain an understanding of the origins of problem behavior. It will include an overview of essential elements of behavior support, the influence of mental health on behavior, development of practical support strategies, and a brief overview of functional assessment. After completing this training, the participant will understand the traditional perspectives that make up Positive Behavior Supports, where problem behavior comes from, how to develop and implement effective expectations for positive behaviors, and how prevention plays a key role in providing support to individuals that display persistent problem behaviors.

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.



Applied Positive Behavior Supports:
Functional Behavior Assessment and Development of Behavior Support Plans

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports

This course builds on Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports.  In many cases, people who engage in persistent patterns of problem behaviors demonstrate complex behaviors that can be difficult to understand.  After completing this two-day training, the participant will have a basic understanding of how to conduct a multi-component Functional Behavior Assessment to systematically assess these behaviors and identify the underlying function or motivation; and how to use this information to develop effective behavior support and intervention plans.

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.



Understanding and Addressing the Needs of People with Dual Diagnosis

 

Recommendation: Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports


Dual Diagnosis is a term applied to the presence of both intellectual/developmental disabilities and symptoms of a psychiatric disorder. This course will review the basics of assessment, diagnosis, and support for individuals with co-occurring conditions, as well as review how mental illness may contribute to problem behavior. Attendees will be able to identify strategies to coordinate behavior intervention with clinical supports for individuals with dual diagnosis.

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


 

Behavior & Mental Health Supplemental

 

Adapting Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

Research shows heavy utilization of pharmacology in the treatment of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), however, the service community recognizes three major approaches to therapeutic intervention: pharmacology, behavioral intervention, and psychotherapy.  While psychotherapy is acknowledged as a treatment intervention, it is implemented much less often than the use of medication or behavioral intervention. This training will review strategies to address barriers that have hindered more frequent and effective use of psychotherapy for people with IDD.  These strategies will introduce participants to a variety of approaches that include providing special supports, adapting methods to more effectively meet the needs of individuals, and integrating the three recognized approaches to therapeutic intervention.

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.



An Introduction to Psychopharmacology in Autism: Looking at Medication and Behavioral Intervention to Address Challenging Behavior

Many individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders engage in challenging and difficult behaviors, including aggression and self-injury, and medications are frequently used in the effort to treat these behaviors. In many cases these individuals are placed on multiple medications over an extended period of time. This can lead to questions about the necessity of being on medication for an extended period of time, the need for multiple medications, and the impact this having on their health and behavior.

 

This workshop will provide an introductory overview to the use of medications. The presentation will address key considerations for the use of medication including potential benefits, side effects, and other common concerns. The potential impact of effectively using behavioral strategies and environmental accommodations, along with supporting research, will also be discussed. In order to explore the effective coordination of these strategies, a case illustration will be reviewed, which exemplifies both positive impact and limitations for each of these strategies.

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


 

Applied Behavior Analysis and Intellectual/Developmental Disability: Special Considerations

 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is frequently included in the services provided to individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD), who engage in challenging or dangerous behavior. The goal of this approach is to apply behavioral learning theory to teach individuals to use more adaptive behaviors. Given this, considering ways a disability may impact learning is important to the development of effective behavior support plans.

This training will begin by providing an overview of the learning factors that are impacted by various types of intellectual disability. Relationships between behavioral learning theory and Applied Behavior Analysis will be explored in order to highlight the ways that ABA can be adapted to best meet the needs of those with IDD. Components of the Positive Behavior Support model related to environmental accommodations to better meet the needs of individuals with IDD also will be discussed. 

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


 

Autism and Anxiety: Treatment Recommendations Based on Nerological Research

 

Research has demonstrated a high rate of co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and anxiety disorders.  A variety of clinical and behavior support strategies have been developed based on the traditional theories of social/emotional development within ASD.  This session will provide an overview of recent brain research that has discovered a pattern of brain waves associated with anxiety, that are triggered by classic social demands, such as making eye contact.  Based on this review, potential changes in the manner of clinical intervention that should be considered, along with behavior modification and support strategies will be discussed.  
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


Autism and Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorders: A Hidden Challenge in Problem Behavior

 

Estimates of co-occurring Anxiety Disorders among individuals with Autism range from 15% to 80%. Factors that make this diagnosis difficult and strategies to adapt behavioral supports and treatment to address this co-occurrence will be discussed. This presentation will discuss the importance of looking for signs of anxiety in individuals with ASD, advocating for clinical assessment of these concerns, and looking for ways to adapt daily support planning and behavioral planning in light of the concerns about a potential anxiety disorder. A model for integrating diagnosis and treatment of an anxiety disorder with a Functional Behavior Assessment and Proactive Behavior Support Plan will be presented. Additional strategies for adapting relaxation activities for individuals with ASD and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities will be discussed.


Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


 

Establishing Environments to Support Positive Behavior

 

Many times, when those supporting individuals with IDD need to address aggressive or other dangerous behaviors, they inadvertently reinforce the problem behavior because of the attention the individual receives. This may lead to an environment that may instead support the problem behavior they are trying to eliminate. After reviewing these challenges, the session will discuss modifications to crisis intervention strategies and application of Positive Behavior Support principles to establish environments that more effectively support positive behavior.  Examples of using these strategies in a variety of residential settings, from family homes through community based residential and supported living arrangements will be shared.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.

 

Facilitating Effective Transition from Inpatient and Residential Placement to Home and Community Setting

 

When individuals are placed outside their home or community residence to receive additional treatment, it is important that strategies and supports be put in place to support effective transitions back home.  This webinar will begin by reviewing challenges that are important to address.  We will then discuss the benefits of early planning for transition to a less restrictive setting.  Strategies to identify and teach skills necessary to effectively adapt to the community setting will be reviewed, along with efforts to generalize improved behavior to a less structured environment.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.

 

Positive Psychology and Mental Wellness for Individuals with IDD

The importance of understanding Dual Diagnosis (co-occurring developmental disability and mental illness) to better support the needs of individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who engage in challenging behavior has received more attention in recent years. This important advancement has facilitated the discussion about new strategies and perspectives on treatment and support strategies.  Promising practices in this area must be implemented in order for individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Use of a Positive Psychology approach to providing support can help this to be realized.  

This presentation will focus on insights gained from the field of Positive Psychology – a discipline of study that emerged in the early 2000s. The training will focus on strategies to support health and wellbeing in order to maximize each person’s opportunities to reach their full potential. Discussion will include shifting toward a genuine mental health perspective with a focus on wellness and how we can support this in meaningful ways.

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


 

Promoting Relaxation for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

 

This presentation will introduce why people with I/DD are at greater risk for experiencing stress and anxiety and teach attendees about the need for promoting relaxation across settings. We will review how to set up positive environments that promote relaxation for all, as well as specific strategies to prepare individuals to cope effectively with anxiety inducing situations when there’s a known risk or diagnosis.

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.



Repetitive Behavior in Autism and OCD: Differential Diagnosis, Dual Diagnosis, and Behavior/Treatment Interventions

 

Repetitive behavior is a prominent symptom for both Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Often people supporting individuals who have ASD refer to repetitive behavior as OCD.  This is a concern because the description of repetitive behaviors is different for each of these diagnoses.  Rationales for why repetitive behaviors occur within these disorders are different, which leads to significant differences in the recommended treatment and behavior support approaches.  It is important for those working with the person to be aware of these differences so they can work in ways that the meet the needs of person based on his/her diagnosis. 
 

This session will provide an overview of repetitive behavior; discuss the differences between normal and pathological repetitive behavior; and describe distinctions between the type of repetitive behaviors characteristic of ASD and the pattern of repetitive behavior seen in OCD.  Explanations for why these behaviors occur and recommended treatment and behavioral support strategies will be shared.

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.



Replacing Problem Behavior
: Key to Long Term Change

 

One of the keys to Positive Behavior Supports and Person Centered behavior planning is the focus on proactive interventions.  This typically involves a variety of strategies, that may include: additional support, prompting desired behavior, environmental accommodations, and avoiding triggers.  While research shows this can be effective in to reducing the frequency and/or severity of challenging behaviors, it is often difficult to sustain these interventions.  Over-reliance on these strategies often results in regression to more frequent or severe behaviors.  This training will focus on the importance of teaching alternative behaviors and developing new skills to replace problem behavior, as a more effective long-term strategy. The importance of basing these skills on function of the behavior will be discussed, along with behavioral teaching strategies.  
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.

 

Strategies to Avoid Responses to Reinforce Dangerous Behavior

When challenging behavior escalates to dangerous levels of aggression or self-injury, it often becomes necessary for supporters to engage in intensive interaction with the individual.  In extreme cases, this may result in the use of “hands-on” or personal control techniques to preserve health and safety.  This webinar will address strategies to avoid escalation, in order to reduce the need to use these extreme interventions.  In addition to this, techniques will presented for managing interactions with the individual during and following a crisis intervention that are designed to reduce the likelihood that the individual will learn these problem behaviors are a good way to get a reaction from those that support them.   
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members. 

 

Strategies to Improve the Coordination of Behavior Intervention, Psychiatric Treatment, and Disability Supports

 

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the wide variety of treatment and support strategies recommended for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) that display challenging behavior. The presentation will provide a framework for integrating and coordinating supports and interventions across the various intervention and support models including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), Dual Diagnosis treatment, and Person-Centered Planning. This training will address the relationship between clinical/psychiatric treatment, the implementation of behavior support plans, and integrated these with the supports due to the IDD. In light of recent events related to COVID-19, time also will be taken to discuss preparation for emergency or disaster circumstances when developing treatment/support plans.

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


 

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in Trauma Recovery

Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are likely to experience some form of

trauma in the course of the lifespan.  This makes it important for support providers to be aware of past

traumatic experiences, recognize how this may contribute to challenging behavior, and know what they can

do to promote recovery.  This training will explore what are considered traumatic experiences and why individuals with I/DD are more at risk.  Additionally, the connection between trauma and its impact on an individual’s biology and behavior will be discussed.  Participants will learn the necessary ingredients to support adaptive coping and recovery from trauma.  In order to provide trauma sensitive supports effectively, support providers need to be aware of their own internal states and remain calm.  The training will also introduce methods that support providers can use to enhance their own self-awareness and self-regulation skills.

 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.



Understanding Aggressive Behavior for those with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

 

Aggressive behavior in individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities frequently results in the need for additional supports and services.  This presentation will provide an overview of what is known about the development of aggressive behavior and will describe practices for assessment and intervention that have been validated by research and applied practice.  A detailed case study will be provided to illustrate effective methods behavioral intervention, clinical practice, and coordination of supports.  Issues related to community safety, critical care resources, and quality of life will be discussed.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.


Understanding Depression, Mood Disorders, and Disability

This workshop will provide participants with information to assist in the identification of depression and mood disorders in individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  The presentation will help participants understand how barriers to communication often undermine the identification of these disorders and prevent providing effective supports and treatment. The presentation will also address effective support strategies and ways to determine when and how to adapt treatment and supports to best meet the needs of the person. Topics related to mental health treatment and behavior supports will be discussed. 

Note: This training is currently ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.

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