Tag: Treatment

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Using a Strengths-Based Therapeutic Approach with People with Developmental Disabilities

Plain Language Summary: Using a Strengths-Based Therapeutic Approach with People with Developmental Disabilities When mental health professionals work with people who have developmental disabilities, it is important for them to use a “strengths-based approach”. This applies to the way they speak with and help their client. A strengths-based approach means focusing on what the person […]

The Skills System

The Skills System is a user-friendly set of emotion regulation skills, designed to help people of various ages and abilities, manage emotions. Learning how to regulate emotions enables us to be present in the moment and be more effective–even in stressful situations. Over- and under-reacting can cause more stress and problems. The Skills System helps […]

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children’s Mental Health

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 […]