Self-Care…But who is helping the helper?
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presented by Jenna Harbert, LCSW/Behavior Specialist

Have you ever stopped to think, “Why are we so good at taking care of others, but not ourselves?” Studies show that a high percentage of mental health workers may be experiencing high levels of burnout. Mental Health workers also experience compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Studies also show that those same workers are only moderately engaging in self-care practices and only on a limited basis. Arguably, it is important to both be aware of this, as well as proactively take an approach to prioritize our own mental health.

Focusing on preventative measures can help us lead a happier, healthier lives. During this workshop we will review self-care studies and ideas. We will focus on identifying self-care methods unique to each individual person and how to best enact these methods of care to improve one’s life. We will review the balance between work, personal, and family stresses and develop practical plans. The plans will focus on recognizing the deficits in each area and how to build them back up. This workshop will help those actively engaged in the helping profession recognize the need for self- care including the types of self-care as well as how we can develop a self-care plan.


CEU’s available

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Part I: El Apoyo – Providing Support to Families with Mental Health and/or Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities in the Latino Community
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Part I of this series will explore the Latino community in the United States today, specifically in the ID/DD community. This discussion will start by dispelling some commonly held myths/ stereotypes while providing information regarding the immigrant experience including the possible trauma that may occur during the acculturation process. The majority of the workshop will entail a discussion on how mental health challenges and barriers can affect the supports and services we provide to people and families who are experiencing mental health and developmental disabilities. Evidence based and best practice interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as extensive case reviews and examples will be explored.

2 CEU’s Available

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Part II: La Salud – Mental Health Considerations for the Latino Community
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Part II of this series will explore the Latino community and specific mental health considerations. Topics will range from Anxiety and Depression to specific cultural born conditions such as Susto.

2 CEU’s available

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Part III: El Tratamiento: Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities (En Español)
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Part III conducted in Spanish, with an intended audience of family members and professionals seeking to learn more about providing support to people diagnosed with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities.

Una Discusión sobre estrategia de tratamiento para desorden de desarrollo.

2 CEU’s available

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The Fatal 5
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

As family members, providers, and staff who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we have a responsibility to provide the highest quality care to people in this vulnerable population. At times, medical symptoms and presenting problems go unrecognized and untreated. Often, the people we serve do not have the ability to express or identify discomfort and/or pain. Sadly, this can result in challenging behaviors, the development of major health issues, or even life threatening medical emergencies.

Join Sharron Parker-Love and Kim Shontz as they passionately speak about five of the most common and devastating medical conditions people with intellectual/developmental disabilities can encounter. When these “Fatal Five” challenges are successfully monitored and treated, we ensure people live healthy and abundant lives. This is a must see for any staff member working in the ID/DD field.

2 CEU’s available

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Understanding Dial Diagnoses and the DM-ID 2
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

People with an intellectual disabilities are often misdiagnosed with a mental illness. The DM-ID2 provides diagnostic criteria adapted for people with an intellectual disability. Use of the DM-ID 2 can prevent the misdiagnosis of various disorders and the overuse of psychotropic medications, and provide information that can be shared with other professionals to promote accurate and appropriate treatment and interventions.

Learning objectives:

✔️Participants will develop an understanding of what Dual Diagnosis refers to in the field of developmental disabilities

✔️Participants will develop a general understanding of how symptoms may present differently in people diagnosed with developmental disabilities.

✔️Participants will become familiar with the DM-ID 2, specifically the structure of the manual and how it may be used as a tool for accurate diagnosis

This training is FREE!