Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities: The Other Dual Diagnosis

June 2, 2017 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
NYU Silver School of Social Work in Rockland County
at Saint Thomas Aquinas College
125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976
 

OVERVIEW

Dual diagnosis is a term applied to the co-existence of the symptoms of both intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental health problems. People with I/DD experience the same types of psychiatric disorders as people who do not have an intellectual/ developmental disability. The appearance of the symptoms may be altered, expressive communication may be in varied forms and techniques and strategies will need to be adapted to better support processing of information. This seminar is designed to increase the social worker’s knowledge and understanding about clients with co-occurring diagnoses of mental illness and intellectual/developmental disability. Social workers will be guided through exercises as an opportunity to learn direct application to clinical encounters (individual and group therapy, school, employment, various settings, family with a person with MI/IDD, relationships, grief). Barriers to effective treatment will be explored. Attendees will identify clinical issues and explore effective social work interventions to address them. This seminar will also provide social work clinicians with some concrete ideas on how to adapt and supplement known therapeutic techniques. The seminar will offer some concrete tools and ideas from a seasoned clinician and educator. This can mean the difference between helping your client to merely survive and helping them to lead a productive, meaningful, satisfying and joyful life. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
  • Gain a greater understanding of the population and manifestation of mental illness symptoms in people with developmental disabilities
  • Identify when complications to treatment are due to cognitive deficits versus psychiatric symptoms
  • Identify biopsychosocial factors that contribute to people with IDD being susceptible to mental illness
  • Learn techniques that will assist the social work professional in making therapeutic concepts more concrete for the client with MI/IDD
  • Identify the barriers to learning and processing information for the client with dual diagnosis MI/IDD
  • Adapt therapeutic techniques to be more effective when working with people with MI/IDD
 
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    

Featured Presenters

Consuelo Senior

Consuelo Senior, LMSW
Assistant Coordinator of Sex Education & Clinical Curricula Development, YAI
Mental Health Clinician, Center for Specialty Therapy, YAI
Adjunct Professor, at The City College of New York, CWE

Ms. Senior is currently the Assistant Coordinator of Sex Education & Curriculum Development within the Learning and Talent Development Department of the YAI Network, (Young Adult Institute). She has over 19 years of experience working in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) and Mental Illness (MI). She is an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches social work and disability courses at The City College of New York, Center For Worker Education. Ms. Senior is also a practicing licensed psychotherapist (10+ years). Her clinical experience includes case management and psychotherapy work with groups, families and individuals ranging in age from 6 to 65+ years, with and without cognitive disabilities. She currently practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Schema Therapy and sex therapy, and her mission is to help others live their best life.