Positive-Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT):
Positive Group Psychotherapy for Individuals with
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs (IDD-MH)

5-Day Training Course in New Hampshire


March 13-17, 2023
This 30-hour week-long in-person course will provide attendees with the skills and tools needed to facilitate P-IBT sessions within their own practice settings. A multi-modal instruction approach includes didactic lectures, group discussion, demonstrations, and experiential learning through expressive writing and role-playing.

Intended Audience: Mental health therapists/counselors, social workers, service coordinators/care coordinators, and direct support professionals that support individuals with IDD and mental health needs. No credentials required. Space is limited.


When:

Monday, March 13th - Friday, March 17th  2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday (breakfast & lunch provided)
9:00 am -11:00 am Friday (breakfast provided)
Morning and afternoon refreshments provided each day

Where: 

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
250 Market Street Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Cost: 

$1,249

Instructor: Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP
Teachers College, Columbia University

 

 

Course Description:

This 30-hour week-long in-person course will provide attendees with the skills and tools needed to facilitate P-IBT sessions within their own practice settings. A multi-modal instruction approach includes didactic lectures, group discussion, demonstrations, and experiential learning through expressive writing and role-playing.

Continuing Education 

  • 3.0 UNH CEUs/30 contact hours will be provided to all attendees. Included with registration.

  • NASW: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886725464-5984) for 30 continuing education contact hours. Included with registration.

  • NBCC: Positive-Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT): Positive Group Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs (IDD-MH) has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. National Center for START Services University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4013. Included with registration.

  • NYSW: The Center for START Services, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0452. This program offers up to 30 CE credits for New York Social Workers.

  • NHPA: This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and The National Center for START Services, University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

 

Additional Information for P-IBT Course Registrants

About P-IBT:

There is significant verification that mental health conditions are more prevalent among people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) than the general population (Durbin, Sirotich, Lunsky, & Durbin, 2017). Psychotherapy research is scarce and training for therapists and other service providers is rare. However, there is mounting evidence that shows that persons with IDD benefit from psychotherapy, especially group therapy and can have more productive, meaningful lives. Positive Interactive Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT) combines two evidence-informed therapeutic approaches for people with IDD:

  1. Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (IBT) was developed in the 80’s and has become one of the most widely used forms of group psychotherapy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health concerns. It uses a modification of theory and technique borrowed from other models in group psychotherapy and has evolved over the past thirty-five years. The model’s theoretical underpinnings, as well as many of its techniques, are drawn directly from psychodrama as originated by J. L. Moreno (Marineau, 2007) as well as Irvin Yalom’s work on therapeutic factors (1995). A four-stage format is used for IBT: (1) orientation, (2) warm-up and sharing, (3) enactment, and (4) affirmation.

  2. Positive psychotherapy (PPT):  A strengths-based approach that seeks to build on what’s “strong” rather than what’s “wrong”. Integrating PPT into the existing IBT framework has resulted in a more robust approach to identifying and prompting therapeutic change through character strength-spotting, activation of positive emotions, and relationship-building interventions.

 

References:

Durbin, A., Sirotich, F., Lunsky, Y., & Durbin, J. (2017). Unmet needs of adults in community mental health care with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities: A cross-sectional study. Community Mental Health Journal53(1), 15-26.

Marineau, R. F. (2007). The birth and development of sociometry: The work and legacy of Jacob Moreno (1889–1974). Social psychology quarterly70(4), 322-325.