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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Webinar Series:
Cultural Diversity in Disability & Mental Health Services

Tuesday September 28 12:00 AM-1:30 PM MTN

Tuesday September 28 12:00 AM-1:30 PM MTN

Tuesday September 28 12:00 AM-1:30 PM MTN

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Webinar Series:

Cultural Diversity in Disability & Mental Health Services

Presenters: Jenean A. Castillo, PhD; Nicole Turygin, PhD; AJ Anderson

Time: September 28, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm MTN

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How does a person’s race and ethnicity impact services?

In this webinar, we will discuss how race and ethnicity can affect services for someone with a disability and mental health concern. Our presenters will offer information for families and direct support professionals to reduce inequality and improve knowledge and services for individuals. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand what it means to be culturally and linguistically competent
  • Identify ways to be responsive to dually diagnosed individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Gain understanding from experienced providers and self-advocates 
Jenean Castillo

Jenean A. Castillo, Ph.D. is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and the Director of the federally funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) just 40 minutes north of New York City. Dr. Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Center for Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Dr. Castillo also serves as WIHD’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, actively supporting and enhancing WIHD’s efforts to enhance cultural and linguistic competency to ensure equitable outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her EDI work includes curriculum development, workforce enhancement, and organizational assessment, policy development and implementation.

Nicole Turygin

Dr. Nicole Turygin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York who also holds a faculty appointment at New York Medical College. She has over 9 years of experience working with challenging behaviors and co-occurring psychiatric conditions in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and ability levels using evidence-based behavioral interventions. Her clinical and research interests include anxiety disorders, obsessive/compulsive disorders, repetitive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, and aggression.

AJ Anderson

Agique (AJ) Anderson is a self- and peer advocate and mentor. Currently he holds two part-time positions with Taconic Resources for Independence in Poughkeepsie, NY – Peer Advocate and Housing Advocate. He also volunteers as a facilitator for several support groups for LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. He hopes to continue to contribute to helping people with Disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community speak out more, stand up for themselves, and live the life that you choose and want. One thing that has helped him to express himself is writing. One day he hopes to write a book on his life that he hopes will inspire many.

The MHDD NTC and its activities are funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), funding opportunity number HHS-2018-ACL-AOD-DDTI-0305.

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Columbia-Suicide Rating Scale helps navigate suicidality in the general population. This resource was not designed for people with developmental disabilities.

Cómo los padres pueden encontrar información confiable sobre salud mental y discapacidades del desarrollo

Resumen en lenguaje sencillo: 

Muchos padres usan Internet para obtener más información o encontrar recursos. Tener información precisa puede ayudar a desarrollar o incluso cambiar nuestras perspectivas. Estar informado también puede ayudar a los padres defender a sus hijos. Es importante que busque información confiable. Algunas preguntas pueden ayudarlo a decidir si la información es confiable.

¿Quién publica la información? Los sitios web que terminan en “.edu” son desarrollados por instituciones educativas, como universidades. Los sitios web que terminan en “.gov” son desarrollados por agencias del gobierno. La información publicada por universidades y agencias gubernamentales suele ser real y cierta. Los sitios web que terminan en “.org” son desarrollados por una organización generalmente sin fines de lucro. La información de organizaciones suele ser creíble. Las organizaciones pueden enfocarse en información particularmente especifica alineada con sus valores y misión. Puede resultar útil leer la misión de la organización o la página “Acerca de nosotros”. Puede ver si la misión y valores de la organización se alinean con los de usted. Los sitios web que terminan en “.com” son sitios comerciales, como los de negocios y periódicos en línea. El propósito de un sitio web comercial suele ser promover un producto o interés. Esta información puede ser falsa o engañosa. Por ejemplo, es posible que se omita cierta información.

Las direcciones de las páginas web también pueden indicarle el lugar de dónde proviene la información. Por ejemplo, una página web que termina en .mx es un sitio web de México. Tenga en cuenta cómo el origen de un sitio web afecta su información. La información de otro país probablemente no ayudará a los lectores a conocer los recursos locales. La utilidad de la información dependerá de lo que usted esté buscando. Por ejemplo, las normas culturales pueden ser diferentes en otros países y esto puede contribuir a una perspectiva diferente con la que puede o no identificarse.

¿Cuándo se publicó la información? Alguna información cambia con el tiempo como son las leyes y políticas que afectan a personas con discapacidad. En estos casos, es importante asegurarse que la información se haya publicado recientemente. Alguna información es relevante a lo largo del tiempo. Ejemplos  de ello son un blog escrito por un padre sobre su experiencia, o las maneras de practicar el cuidado personal.

¿Se indica las fuentes de la información? Las personas y las organizaciones deben compartir la fuente de su información. Por ejemplo, si hay estadísticas, revise si se muestra el origen de los datos o de la investigación. Sin embargo, es posible que en ciertos casos no sea necesaria una lista de referencias como cuando desea saber solamente una lista de recursos en su área.

Encontrar información en su idioma preferido puede resultar complicado. Especialmente, si está buscando información específica sobre salud mental y discapacidades. Algunos sitios web ofrecen opciones de traducción en su sitio, pero las opciones de idioma pueden ser limitadas. Las traducciones automáticas no siempre están redactadas correctamente, pero pueden resultar útiles. La Ayuda de Google Chrome tiene instrucciones escritas sobre cómo traducir páginas web. También puede ver un video sobre cómo cambiar el idioma en Google Chrome.

Otra forma de encontrar información es llamando a un Centro de Información y Capacitación para Padres (PTI siglas en inglés) o al Centro Comunitario de Recursos para Padres (CPRC siglas en inglés). Los PTI y los CPRC brindan a los padres información sobre discapacidades, sus derechos, y recursos locales. Los CPRC ofrecen el mismo tipo de información que los PTI, pero se enfocan en padres desatendidos como son los padres con dominio limitado del inglés. Visite el sitio web de Parent Center Hub para obtener un directorio de PTI y CPRC. Otra sugerencia es escribir las preguntas para que las lleve consigo cuando visite a un proveedor de atención médica, entonces, no olvidará hacer sus preguntas y podrá obtener la información que desee.

Para obtener más información y sitios web recomendados, lea la hoja informativa completa sobre Cómo los padres pueden encontrar información confiable sobre la salud mental y las discapacidades del desarrollo.

 

Plain Language Summary: How Parents Can Find Credible Information on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Many parents use the internet to learn more or find resources. Having accurate information can help build on our perspectives or sometimes changes them. Being informed can also help parents advocate for their children. It is important that you are looking at credible information. There are a few questions you can ask to help you decide if information is credible.

Who is publishing the information? Websites ending in “.edu” are hosted by educational institutions, like universities. Websites ending in “.gov” are hosted by government agencies. Information posted by universities and government agencies are usually factual. Websites ending in “.org” are hosted by an organization- usually a non-profit organization. Information from organizations is usually credible. Organizations may focus on particular information because it supports their values and mission. Reading an organization’s mission statement or About Us page can be helpful. You can see if their mission and values align with yours. Websites ending in “.com” are commercial sites, like businesses and online newspapers. A commercial website’s purpose is usually to promote a product or interest. Their information might be untrue or misleading. For example, some information may be left out on purpose.

Webpage addresses can also tell you where information comes from. For example, a webpage ending in .mx is a website from Mexico. Keep in mind how a website’s origin affects its information. Information from another country probably will not help readers find out about local resources. If information is helpful to you depends on what you are looking for. For example, cultural norms can be different in other countries. This can contribute to a different perspective, which you may appreciate or relate to.

When was the information published? Some information changes over time. Such as, policies and laws that affect people with disabilities. In these cases, it is important to make sure information was published recently. Some information is relevant over time. Examples are a blog written by a parent on their experience or ways to practice self-care.

Are sources for the information given? Individuals and organizations should share the source of their information. For example, if there are statistics you should see if the data or research source is clarified. However, a list of references might not be necessary depending on what information you are wanting. One example is if simply want a list of resources in your area.

Finding information in your preferred language can be difficult. Especially, if you are looking for specific information on mental health and disabilities. Some websites offer translation options on their site, but language options may be limited. Automatic translations are not always worded correctly but can still be helpful. Google Chrome Help has written instructions on how to translate webpages. You can also watch a video on how to change the language on Google Chrome.

Another way to find information is calling a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) or Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC). PTIs and CPRCs provide parents with information about disabilities, their rights, and local resources. CPRCs offer the same kind of information as PTIs but focus on underserved parents, like parents with limited English proficiency. Visit the Parent Center Hub website for a directory of PTIs and CPRCs. Another suggestion is to write down questions to take with you when seeing a health provider. Then, you will not forget your questions and can get the information you want.

For more information and recommended websites, read the full factsheet on How Parents Can Find Credible Information on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

This course will guide you in an investigation of the phases of a crisis process. You will explore crisis prevention by identifying situations in the environment that can evolve into a crisis and the strategies which might be employed in these situations to prevent or lessen the impact of a crisis. You will also investigate post-event teaching strategies that may be employed to support people after a crisis as well as help to prevent future crises. This course is written for direct support professionals and frontline supervisors who support people with disabilities.

Basic training for primary care providers to prevent and manage behaviors related to mental health symptoms.

This guide provides a foundation for integrating disability content into social work education.

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 difficult experiences and make helpful changes to their behavior. To make these changes, clients learn specific strategies to regulate and accept emotions and understand and change thoughts. Examples of these strategies include core mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.

When you begin therapy of any kind, you can expect to first spend time sharing about you. This may include your background, your strengths, and what you want to accomplish. This helps the therapist make a unique plan to help you. Your therapy plan may include activities during and outside of therapy sessions.

As you participate in therapy, it is important that you feel you can trust your therapist. You may ask questions to get to know them. You can also ask about their experience working with someone with developmental disabilities and if they can provide accommodations. You can bring a trusted friend or family member with you too, if you want.

To learn more, read the MHDD fact sheet on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

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