Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #381
CE Offered: BACB
Treating Complex Clients into Adulthood: Incorporating Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services
Sunday, May 24, 2020
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 1, Salon H
Area: DDA/CBM; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Laurie Tarter, Psy.D.
Chair: Laurie Tarter (Encompass Behavioral Health )
TIERRA AIRMET (Community Research Foundation)
NILOFAR SEDIQI (Community Research Foundation)
PATRYCJA JOCZYN (Community Research Foundation)

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities often face complex issues when addressing their mental and behavioral health needs. Frequently, co-occurring issues within mental health diagnosis and Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD), go over looked and are underserved. Examples include clients with co-occurring diagnoses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and Substance use Issues in conjunction with an ID/DD diagnosis. This panel will present a collaborative treatment approach for adults with ID/DD and a mental health diagnosis. The focus is on bridging the gap between mental health issues and behavioral health issues. The panel will identify signs that the client may need mental health and possibly substance use treatment, in addition to Applied Behavior Analysis services. The treatment team includes mental health, behavioral health, substance use treatment, and nursing providers. The model being presented incorporates mental health treatment approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy special skills, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, in conjunction with ABA services. They will address how an interdisciplinary team can work with a client and other supporting providers to treat the whole person. This presentation can provide a model for an underserved adult population with co-occurring disorders.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Individuals interested in working with adults with co-occurring ID/DD, mental health diagnosis, and possible substance use issues are encouraged to attend. Crisis intervention with the most challenging clients who are at risk for losing their housing (e.g. group home, ILF, B&C), transiting from Developmental Institutions, frequently hospitalized, or frequent police interactions. A pilot program and treatment will be presented.

Learning Objectives: -Identify treatment modalities for co-occurring diagnosis (ID/DD, Mental Health, Substance Use) -How to utilize ABA and Mental Health treatment modalities together to stabilize clients in crisis -How treatment providers from different domains (e.g.,Psychologist, MFT, LCSW, BCBA) can provide a team approach to treat the whole client.
Keyword(s): Adult, Crisis Intervention, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health



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