Training & Professional Development
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.
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
- 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.
The START National Online Training Series is designed to build capacity of IDD-MH professionals by providing innovative, evidence-based online training. Presentations are pre-recorded and released once a month, September through April. Presentations are typically 50-60 minutes in length. A live Q&A session with each month’s presenter is held on the 3rd Friday of the month from 1-2pm eastern/10-11am pacific. CSS often offers additional Special Presentations to the START Network as part of their subscription to the Training Series. View the 2021-2022 Schedule or Contact us to learn more.
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.
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.
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.