Learn Now: Training Modules
We are committed to promoting access to quality mental health care for individuals with developmental disabilities. This is available through accessible training content that centers around the needs and voices of individuals with disabilities. The training modules below are stacked to build each lesson on another. You can do them in any order you prefer if you are only looking for specific information.
Providers & Clinicians
Learn more about working with people with disabilities in order to reduce treatment barriers and increase accessibility for all.
Individuals, Families & Direct Supports
Learn more about the basics of mental health conditions in the following modules.
These training modules are offered through our various partners. Each training has been vetted to ensure it meets the mission and values of the MHDD National Training Center.
The START National Training Institute (SNTI) is a multi-day training institute designed to bring innovative, evidence-based research and practices to the START network and partners. Team members from all START Programs are highly encouraged to attend the annual Training Institute along with any professionals seeking to improve their understanding intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring behavioral health challenges.
A webinar from the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Shannon Haworth with AUCD presents as a Mom on challenges families face in accessing comprehensive services, as well as community and school based interventions; Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D regarding challenges from Indiana; Heidi Cloutier from University of New Hampshire.
Please note the webinar will not play on the Chrome web browser.
Behavioral/Emotional Concerns-Caregiver Checklist: for Adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (IDD) is a 5-page checklist/screener for evaluating presenting behaviors of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and what could be causing their behaviors.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Plain Language Summary: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
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 a group therapy setting. A therapist who uses CBT will help you understand how your thoughts, feelings, and actions all influence each other. For example, if you are feeling anxious (feeling) while thinking you will mess us your speech (thought), you may be more likely to try to get out of giving the speech (action). In this situation, a CBT therapist will help you change your thought to hopefully reduce your feeling of anxiety so you can successfully give your speech. CBT also helps to challenge people’s negative beliefs about themselves. For example, if someone believes that they are unlovable, then they may be more likely to have feelings of sadness and isolate themselves from others.
CBT often involves writing down negative thoughts or feelings to help you understand how they may influence your behavior. A CBT therapist will also help you identify if there are any repeating errors in your thinking. For example, if you tend to believe that you’ll always fail, they may work with you on challenging that belief. CBT also often involves homework and practice assignments for you to practice these skills.
As with any therapy relationship, you’ll spend some time getting to know your therapist and making sure they’re a good fit for you. You are always welcome to bring a trusted friend or family member if you prefer.
To learn more, read the MHDD fact sheet on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Classification and Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities is an article presented by the University of Hertfordshire on diagnosis of mental health concerns in adults with intellectual disabilities.