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Dual Diagnosis, Psychotropic Medication and Behavior Support
Coming Soon!!

In this class, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of a mental illness in a person with an intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) and how to support them using behavior support strategies. We will discuss the bio-psycho-social model of challenging behavior and how this helps determine comprehensive behavior support strategies. We will also discuss common psychiatric medications and how the side effects of these medications affect behavior.  We will finish the course by discussing the responsibilities of the interdisciplinary team.

Who Should Attend? This on-demand training is tailored to program managers, job coaches, direct support professionals, host home providers, mental health professionals and directors of service agencies and members of HRC.


Learning Objectives

1. Define the difference between an intellectual disability and a developmental disability.

2. Define dual diagnosis.

3. Know when to refer someone with IDD to a psychiatrist.

4. Learn the difference between "learned behaviors" vs. behaviors that could be occurring due to a mental illness.  

5. Define the bio-psycho-social model of challenging behaviors and how viewing challenging behaviors from this lens helps in developing appropriate behavior support strategies. 

6. Know the signs and symptoms of 4 mental illnesses (i.e., depression, anxiety, psychosis, and bipolar disorder) and how these may present in someone with IDD.

7. Learn behavior support strategies to use based on the mental illness. 

8. Discuss case reviews. 

9. Learn about the 5 different psychotropic drug classes and major side effects associated with the drug class (i.e., akathisia, tardive dyskinesia, dystonia, and parkinsonism.

10. Learn how side effects of medication can affect challenging behavior.  

11. Know how to operationally define the mental illness in order to take data on the behavior to aid the team in making decisions about medication/behavior support strategies. 

12. Learn the responsibilities of the interdisciplinary team. 

Instructor: Tina Hanson, MS, BCBA

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