Training & Professional Development
START professional development trainings are evidence-informed and based on START principles and approaches. Trainings are regularly reviewed, evaluated, and revised to ensure that methods, practices, and tools are valid and reliable.
The National Center for START Services’ Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (MHIDD) Professional Development Series is designed to build expertise in professionals through evidence-based instruction and best practices. These courses are targeted to specific roles within human service delivery to enhance the ability to provide effective services for people with IDD and mental health needs. The MHIDD Professional Development Series course instruction is provided by experts in the field from both professional and lived experience perspectives.
Target audience for current virtual course offerings: Mobile Crisis Responders, Care Coordinators/Managers, and Direct Support Professionals. Click on the buttons below to learn more about each course.
Methods include adult learning and core START principles including:
All MHIDD courses have the following shared attributes:
Six (6) live sessions facilitated via Zoom;
Each session is 105 minutes: 75 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of facilitated interactive dialogue
Facilitated by expert CSS staff with decades of experience in IDD-MH; the perspective of persons with lived experience/family members is represented through guest speakers & co-facilitators
Sessions are recorded and are accessible to course participants following each session.
Offered twice a year (Fall & Spring cohorts)
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.
UNH CEUs offered
Certificate of Completion in IDD-MH Training for [Mobile Crisis Responders/Care Coordinators/Direct Support Professionals]
The START National Online Training Series on the Mental Health Aspects of IDD 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. NCSS 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.
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.