Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Professional Development Series

Course for Care Coordinators & Case Managers

Next Course Begins October 11, 2021

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Course Description:

This live 6-week online course is designed to improve knowledge for care coordinators and case managers to successfully support children and adults with IDD and mental health service needs and their families. Speakers will include family members and people with lived experiences along with experts in the field. Dr. Joan B. Beasley will demonstrate how the information provided can be applied to improve the ability of care coordinators/case managers to identify service and support needs, and monitor outcomes for individuals and their families.

Who should participate?

  • Managed Care Organization (MCO) Care Coordinators
  • Case managers/Service coordinators
  • Case management/service coordination supervisors & directors
  • Program managers & training managers/coordinators
  • Intake & intervention support specialists

Registration for this course is $299 per person.

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Course Dates & Topics:

All sessions occur on Mondays from 1:00-2:15pm ET/10:00-11:15am PT

  • October 11th - Introduction/Guiding Principles & Approaches

  • October 18th - Mental Health Aspects of IDD

  • October 25th - Care Coordination I: Understanding the Service Needs of People with MH/IDD

  • November 1st - Care Coordination II: Working with families

  • November 15th - Care Coordination III: Systemic engagement

  • November 22nd - Care Coordination IV: Leadership vs Advocacy/Wrap Up

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how common mental health conditions may present in persons with IDD
  • Describe at least three (3) strategies aimed at improving systemic engagement and linkages
  • List at least three (3) ways to include the perspective of the service recipient and their families in service planning and delivery
  • Explain the differences between leadership and advocacy
  • Apply skills and approaches learned within sessions to the supports and services delivered to individuals with MH/IDD and their families

Certificate of Completion/Continuing Education:

In order to receive a CSS Certificate of Completion for and 0.75 University of New Hampshire CEUs (7.5 contact hours) participants must:

  • Attend each weekly Zoom session
  • Complete weekly case vignette assignments
  • Actively participate in each session
  • Communicate with facilitator about any questions or feedback
  • Complete pre-survey, session evaluations & post-survey
  • If unable to attend a particular session, a recorded version will be available

About the Facilitator:

Joan B. Beasley, PhD
Director, Center for START Services
Director, National Research Consortium on Mental Health in IDD
Research Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

Ph.D., the Florence Heller School  for Advanced Graduate Studies in Social Policy, Brandeis University
M.Ed., Northeastern University
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Dr. Joan Beasley, is a Research Associate professor, Director of the Center for START Services, and PI of the National Research Consortium on MH-IDD. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern University. Dr. Beasley is  author of the START program, first implemented in 1988, and has worked to promote inclusion for all in the development of effective services for people with disabilities and their families for more than 35 years. START was cited as a model  in the 2002 US Surgeon General’s Report on mental health disparities for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and in 2016 START was identified as best practice at the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. START is researched and peer reviewed as an evidence based practice.