2020-2021 START National Online Training Series
on the Mental Health Aspects of IDD

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.

September 18
START Therapeutic Coaching Strategies for Supporting Individuals with IDD and Suicidal Ideation
NC Central START team members Maggie Robbins, MA, LCAT, RDT, Clinical Director, Meredith Dangel, MA, CRC, Intern & Remy Jodrey, MS, LCMHCA, Therapeutic Coaching Team Leader

October 16
Skills System: Strategies for Self- and Co-Regulation
Julie Brown, Ph.D., President of the Skills System, LLC

Live Q&A at 1:00pm eastern 

November 20
Collaborative Research in IDD and MH with a PCORI Project Update: Reconciling the Past and Changing the Future
Jessica Kramer, Destiny Watkins, and Micah Peace (Part 1), and Jessica Kramer, Destiny Watkins, Micah Peace, Dr. Joan Beasley, Tawara Goode, Beth Grosso, and Fiorella Calle Guerrero (Part 2)

Live Q&A at 1:00pm eastern 

January 15
Sexuality & IDD-MH
Dave Hingsburger, M.Ed., Director of Clinical and Educational Supports for Vita Community Living Services

Live Q&A at 2:00pm eastern on February 26, 2021 

February 19
Lost in Translation: Lessons about moving research in developmental disabilities into practice and policy
Yona Lunsky, PhD, Director of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto

Live Q&A at 1:00pm eastern 

March 19
“Something’s Different” –Concepts of Change in Adults with I/DD
Julie A Moran, DO, Geriatrician/Internist, Clinical lecturer of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Live Q&A at 1:00pm eastern 

April 16
Aligning our Practices with our Beliefs: (Re) Engaging with Families in the Context of Trauma
Kelly Smith, LCSW


START National Online Training Q & A Participant Guidelines

The START National Online Training Series is designed to build capacity of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Health (MH) professionals through innovative, evidence-based virtual training. The series is available through the START Network, University Centers for Excellence and their community partners. Pre-recorded trainings from this series are released monthly (3rd Friday of each month) from September to April. Pre-recorded trainings are typically 60-70 minutes in length. CSS often offers additional Special Presentations to the START Network as part of the subscription to the Training Series. 

Each monthly pre-recorded training includes:

  • Review Guide with discussion prompts and multiple-choice questions to check understanding of the training material. Presenters also offer additional resources (websites, handouts, research article citations) that can be used to further explore the presentation topic, also available on the START website.

  • Invitation to a one-hour LIVE Zoom group discussion: Group discussions are facilitated by a Center for START Services national team member and are held on the release date of the presentation, beginning at 1:30pm eastern (10:30 PST). Participants are invited to engage in discussion about application of the training information with strategies for applying the training material into daily practice and offers a forum to ask questions of the CSS facilitator and group discussion.

  • Each training is evaluated through an online form that is provided immediately following the training. Completion of the evaluation is required to earn CEUs.

  • University of New Hampshire CEUs (free of cost): Each pre-recorded presentation is eligible for 1 contact hour/0.1 UNH CEU per training & an additional 1 contact hour/0.1 UNH CEU for the Zoom group discussion


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