Trauma Treatment with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Presenters: Nora J. Baladerian, PhD & Karyn Harvey, PhD

This 2-day program will provide foundational information about those with cognitive, communication, movement, and sensory disabilities, generally recognized as ā€œdevelopmental disabilitiesā€ and as detailed in the federal definitions of this type of disability, and how the disability requires adaptation by the therapist in service delivery. The program has two major components: Information on (1) selected types of disabilities and how they affect interaction, communication, and therapy room accommodations, and (2) training on how to effectively provide trauma therapy to these individuals and their vicarious trauma victims, the parents or other family members effected by the trauma. The training includes a certificate course in Thought Field Therapy, the first energy psychology intervention approved by SAMHSA for trauma, depression, anxiety and other psychological disturbances. It also includes a review of research on EMDR and its efficacy when treating trauma victims with developmental disabilities.

The choice to teach TFT is based upon its utility in emergency situations, and the ease with which it is conducted with individuals with significant disabilities, regardless of physical, sensory, communication and/or cognitive disability.

Participants will learn effective trauma intervention through mastering information about people with disabilities, examining common myths and stereotypes, hearing case histories, acquiring skills to administer Thought Field Therapy through didactic exposure, demonstration, case examples and hands-on practice, learning Positive Identity Development principles and acquiring information on the utility of using EMDR with these trauma victims.

This 12-hour course includes 6 hours learning about trauma victims with developmental disabilities and treatment intervention, and 6 hours certificate course of Thought Field Therapy.

All participants will have ample time to ask questions, provide their insight and experience, practice with sample vignettes and gain the wisdom and insights from class members. There will be a resource list for participants to use for further information and verification of the material presented. There are no known risks to learning the material.

In light of the fact that many in the population, particularly women and therapists, have been victims of trauma including sexual, physical, emotional, verbal and other types of assault, particular sensitivity and acknowledgement of this fact is foundational to this program and will be openly addressed as part of the program expressly at the beginning and throughout the training. It is an ever-present aspect of conducting trainings on trauma, and particularly sexual assault, that someone or many in any audience may be triggered while recalling their own trauma experiences. The program includes the utilization of the tenets of Trauma Informed Care (TIC).

Specific learning objectives:

1. List at least three of the listed qualifications to be identified as a person with an intellectual or developmental disability;
2. Name the source of the definition of intellectual/developmental disability either at the federal or state level;
3. Identify the main aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act that effect their practice and service delivery responsibilities;
4. List at least three accommodations in their therapy practice that will support working effectively with trauma victims with developmental disabilities;
5. Cite at least three aspects of Thought Field Therapy that ease trauma treatment of individuals with I/DD;
6. Explain how Thought Field Therapy works in basic terms;
7. Describe the three basic activities of conducting a trauma session with individuals with I/DD
8. Cite at least three aspects of EMDR that ease trauma treatment of individuals with I/DD
9. Describe a least two basic factors in Positive Identity Development
10. Cite the most common statistics on abuse and trauma of people with I/DD

Program Code: DPPC2
Credits: 12
Fees: Complimentary


  • When

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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