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Expert Training on the Mental Health Aspects of IDD

START professional development trainings are evidence-informed and based on the foundation of START principles and approaches. Trainings are regularly reviewed, evaluated, and revised to ensure that methods, pratices, and tools are valid and reliable.

Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Professional Development Series

The Center for START Services’ Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Professional Development Series (MHIDD PDS) is designed to build expertise in professionals through instruction on evidence-based and best practices.

The MHIDD PDS is targeted to specific roles within human service delivery to enhance the ability to provide effective services for people with IDD and mental health needs.

Current virtual PD courses include for:  Mobile Crisis Responders, Care Coordinators/Managers, and Direct Support Professionals.

The MHIDD PDS course instruction is provided by experts in the field from both professional and lived experience perspectives. Methods include adult learning and core START principles including:

  • Strengths-based practices
  • Positive psychology
  • Wellness-based
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Cultural competence
  • Person and family centered

PDS courses consist of six (6) 75-minute live sessions through group virtual instruction via Zoom followed by 30 minutes of facilitated interactive dialogue. Sessions are recorded and are accessible to course participants following each session. Additional materials targeted toward improved application of practices provided include: worksheets, articles, and other resources.

Courses involve pre and post surveys as well as session evaluations. As an evidence-based model, START utilizes the data and feedback from these reports to continuously improve the format, content, and delivery of the courses to best meet learner’s needs.

START National Online Training Series

The START National Online Training Series is designed to build capacity of MH/IDD professionals by providing innovative, evidence-based online training to the START Network, including START teams and their community partners. A pre-recorded training video is released once a month (September to April) along with access to a live online Q&A session with the presenter facilitated by Center for START Services leadership members. A comprehensive Review Guide is also provided for each presentation which can be utilized to independently facilitate small-group discussions about the material and its application to daily practice. Contact us to learn more.

START National Training Institute

The START National Training Institute (SNTI) is an annual in-person training event that brings together hundreds of START team members, self advocates, families, and national & international leaders in the field of MH/IDD to share expertise, tools, and best practices. The training spans two and a half days and features keynote addresses, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a judged research poster session & professional networking event, and other special events & presentations. 

Training Partnerships

Georgia State University-LEND Training
Dates of Service: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2026 

The Center for START Services has partnered with the Georgia State University LEND program to provide five years of graduate-level training . CSS will provide GA LEND trainees with access to: 1) the National Online Training Series on Mental Health and IDD (monthly presentations from September-April); 2) three asynchronous IDD-MH training modules per year including a post-quiz & certificate of completion and; 3) access to (up to) 3 office hours per month with CSS national team members for discussion and consultation regarding the training modules.

Georgetown-LEND Training
Dates of Service: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2026

The Center for START Services has partnered with the Georgetown University LEND program to provide graduate-level training to achieve their goal of building the capacity of interdisciplinary team members to identify, diagnose, and serve children with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/DD) and their families. CSS will provide LEND trainees with access to: 1) the National Online Training Series on Mental Health and IDD (monthly presentations from September-April) and, 2) CSS’ Professional Development Series on the mental health aspects of IDD with 6-week courses designed for care coordinators/case managers, direct support professionals, and mobile crisis responders.