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Welcome to MHW-IDD Training

The following eLearning modules are offered to you free of charge. Select a module to begin.

Modules for Direct Service Workers

This 6-part eLearning series was developed to educate direct service workers (DSW) and others who provide support for individuals with IDD and co-occurring behavioral health conditions. This training explores challenging behavior in a new way and emphasizes the importance of supporting mental wellness in individuals with IDD.

Through this course you will learn to recognize the "whole person" and gain a better understanding of different factors influencing the way people with IDD think, feel and behave. You will also learn how to positively impact their quality of life.

This training contains 6 modules and is estimated to take 4.5-5 hours to complete. Each module is approximately 45 to 50 minutes in length. You may pause in the middle of a module and return to it later, or you may complete it in one sitting.

These modules were designed to be taken in this order to provide you with the best learning experience.

The Trauma Informed Care module is required for new employees of Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF's/IID) and related conditions.

DSW MODULE 1: Co-occuring Disorders — Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness

Description:
This module examines the mental health needs of individuals with IDD and what it means to have a co-occurring IDD and mental health condition. Mental health conditions are often overlooked in people with IDD. The effect of accurate diagnosis and positive supports to improve recovery outcomes is discussed.

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DSW MODULE 2: Trauma Informed Care for Individuals with IDD

Description:
This module teaches the effect of trauma on people with IDD and how to use a trauma-informed care approach with the people you support. The trauma-informed care approach looks at challenging behavior in a new way and emphasizes the importance of supporting mental wellness.

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DSW MODULE 3: Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Support

Description:
This module explores the foundational principles of positive behavior support. All behavior is a form of communication that serves a purpose. The concepts of functional behavior assessment and positive behavior support are presented.

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DSW MODULE 4: Overview of Genetic Syndromes Associated with IDD

Description:
This module teaches DSWs and other caregivers about different genetic syndromes that are associated with IDD. Knowing about genetic syndromes and the risks for medical and mental health disorders allows us to provide better, targeted support.

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DSW MODULE 5: Overview of Medical Diagnoses Associated with IDD

Description:
This module teaches DSWs and other caregivers about common medical conditions that influence people with an IDD and the direct impact these conditions can have on mood and behavior. Behaviors may be an individual’s attempt to communicate physical pain or illness. Strategies are provided to assist DSWs in supporting peoples’ physical and mental wellness.

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DSW MODULE 6: Putting it All Together — Supports and Strategies for Direct Service Workers

Description:
This module reinforces all of the topics covered in the previous five modules, and provides practical tools that DSWs and other caregivers can use when supporting the mental health needs of people with an IDD. An individual’s behavior is affected by a complex combination of biological, psychological and social influences. DSWs will learn to use specific strategies to prevent and safely respond to challenging behaviors, when they do occur. These strategies help support and promote mental wellness and positive outcomes.

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Modules for Healthcare Professionals

This 3-part eLearning series was developed to expand the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals – including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other providers - delivering care for individuals with IDD and co-occurring behavioral health conditions. More specifically, this series discusses evidence-based and effective techniques that can be used to improve the delivery of health care to these individuals, maximize outcomes, and enhance quality of life.

This training contains 3 modules and is estimated to take 1-1.5 hours to complete. Each module is 20-30 minutes in length. You may pause at any time within a module and return to it later, or you may complete it in one sitting.

At the end of each module you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

HCP MODULE 7: Integrated Healthcare for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Description:
Integrated healthcare provides an all-inclusive approach to treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Integrating multiple systems of care for individuals with IDD across the lifespan permits making adjustments to diagnosis and treating physical and behavioral health needs. This module teaches health care practitioners about the benefits of an active interdisciplinary team approach.

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HCP MODULE 8: Communicating with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Description:
Providing quality healthcare for people with IDD depends on effective communication skills to articulate identify and assess medical issues and healthcare needs. Effective communication goes beyond simply talking with a person and includes understanding an individual’s behavior. In this module, practitioners will learn techniques to facilitate improved communication with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including recognizing challenging behavior as a form of communication. As a result of improved communication skills, practitioners will be better equipped to accurately diagnose and develop effective treatment plans.

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HCP MODULE 9: Trauma-informed Care for Clinical Providers

Description:
Trauma is a major catalyst of mental health needs for individuals with IDD but is often overlooked due to diagnostic overshadowing. This module informs health care practitioners about the incidence of trauma, risk factors for individuals with IDD, and challenges these individuals have with reporting abuse. Participating in this training will help providers more effectively interact with people who have IDD and have experienced trauma. Taking a trauma informed approach should be foundational in providing healthcare to individuals with IDD.

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