Mindy Dokos

Policy and Advocacy

Plain Language Summary: Policy and Advocacy Policy and advocacy are important for improving the lives of people with and without disabilities. Policy is the rules and laws passed by the government. Policy is important because it affects each person on a day-to-day basis. In the past, policies about disability-related topics assumed that people with disabilities […]

Mental Health Safety Planning

Mental Health Safety Planning

Mental Health Safety Planning Shelley R. Upton, PhD Content Warning: This blog contains potentially disturbing and triggering content. Before continuing, please be aware that the author writes about suicide and self-harm. As a mental health professional, keeping my clients safe is my highest priority. How can you help your loved ones and your clients stay […]

Factores que afectan el cuidado auditivo de las familias hispanas/latinx (Factors Affecting the Hearing Care of Hispanic/Latinx Families)

Factores que afectan el cuidado auditivo de las familias hispanas / latinx Resumen en lenguaje sencillo:  Nota: Este resumen utiliza el término general Sordo o con dificultades auditivas, abreviado como DHOH (siglas en ingles). El DHOH se utiliza para incluir a personas con una variedad de sordera o pérdida auditiva y quienes pueden tener creencias […]


Plain Language Summary: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that helps people change their behavior to manage stress, emotions, or relationships better. DBT is evidence-based, meaning that research has been done to see if it works, and there are many supportive results. During DBT, individuals learn to accept […]

Grief & Loss in Individuals with I/DD

Grief and Loss in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Dealing with grief and loss is a normal part of life for everyone. Someone with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD) is no different. People with I/DD may have more complicated reactions following a loss given their unique challenges. Among these challenges, it is important […]

Trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad (TDAH) y su bajo tratamiento en jóvenes hispanos/latinx (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Its Undertreatment in Hispanic/Latinx Youth)

Resumen en lenguaje sencillo: Trastorno por déficit de atención y hiperactividad (TDAH) y su bajo tratamiento en jóvenes hispanos/latinx El trastorno por déficit de atención con hiperactividad (TDAH) es una discapacidad del desarrollo neurológico que es una discapacidad que afecta la forma en que el cerebro de una persona crece y se desarrolla. Más de […]


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of therapy that can help with many different mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Recently, ACT has been adapted for use with people who have autism or other developmental disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities). ACT teaches people how to deal with […]


Cognitive Behavior Therapy Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that helps with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and even substance use. CBT is one of the more common therapies used by therapists and it also helps people with developmental disabilities. You can receive CBT from a therapist or within […]

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a therapy for children or adolescents who have experienced a traumatic or other distressing event. TF-CBT is based on CBT and has not yet been studied with populations who have developmental disabilities. TF-CBT has three stages: stabilization and skill building, trauma narration and […]

Family Therapy

Family Therapy Family therapy is therapy that involves multiple clients in a family. This type of therapy helps strengthens family relationships and communications. A family therapist might help your family work through stressful transitions such as moves or job changes. They can also help with mental health conditions or parenting help. Family therapy can be […]