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Southwestern PA HCQU Abuse – Against the Elderly This training module reviews types of abuse as defined by the National Center on Elder Abuse, which are consistent with the definitions of abuse by the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs. Signs that may indicate abuse are reviewed, as well as action to take when abuse is suspected. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Abuse – Individual-to-Individual People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are sometimes at risk of becoming victims of abuse by other individuals. This training module defines individual-to-individual abuse (I-to-I abuse), identifies how to recognize abuse, examines factors that may lead to abuse, and offers suggestions for supporting individual-to-individual abuse issues. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Abuse – Recognizing & Reporting People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) are often at risk of becoming victims of abuse. This training module defines abuse, explains how to recognize signs of abuse, and reviews steps for reporting abuse as required by the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Advocacy for an Every Life This training module addresses advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a goal of an everyday life for each individual. The need for advocacy is explored, tools for advocacy are discussed, and ways to advocate are reviewed. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Aging – Medication Management When administering medication to someone who is older, certain aspects of aging need to be considered. This presentation reviews changes that occur with aging, how these changes affect medication processes in the body, and effective methods for supporting individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are aging with regard to managing their medications. Note: The HCQU has a separate medication administration presentation that reviews general medication administration in more detail. Furthermore, HCQU medication administration training’s are not part of ODP’s medication administration program. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Aging – Physical Care Individuals with ID/DD are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Physical care is an important part of maintaining functionality and quality of life. This training focuses primarily on aging in terms of skin care, personal care, nutrition, exercise, sleep, memory, and safety 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Aging – Physical Changes Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) are living longer than ever before. This training module offers an overview of the physical changes and medical conditions associated with aging and provides information about supporting an individual with ID/DD who is aging. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Aging – Retirement This training module is to introduce the participant to the factors that affect retirement in the population with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities and provide tips on how to help them make preparations for their retirement. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Aging – System Challenges Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities are living longer than ever before. This training presents on overview of the challenges those individuals and the intellectual/developmental disabilities system will face as the individuals age, along with suggestions for how to meet those challenges. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Anger Management How do you handle anger? What triggers you? How do you get anger to work for you instead of against you? This training module addresses what anger is, different ways people handle anger, and how to express anger in ways that will work for you. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Arthritis This training module discusses the major types of arthritis, signs of arthritis, and treatment for arthritis with an emphasis on assisting individuals with arthritis to maintain independence and function. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Aspiration Pneumonia People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are at risk for aspiration pneumonia because they may have physical characteristics that make it easier for this type of pneumonia to occur. GERD and swallowing problems, both significant risk factors for aspiration pneumonia, are prevalent in people with I/DD. This training presents an overview of aspiration pneumonia, how to prevent it, and how to support someone who experiences it. 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a fascinating and complex disorder. The various findings, research, and personal accounts make it difficult to gain a complete understanding of ASD. This training is designed to help sort through the complexities to identify common characteristics, setting events, treatment approaches, and support techniques that will allow opportunities for them to live meaningful lives 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Behavioral Manifestations of Pain The function of pain is to make the person aware of the need to survive – to protect an injured body part, to notify a person that something is wrong and needs attention. Although not usually perceived in a positive light, pain serves an important function, and the ability to communicate pain is essential. This training module explores ways in which pain might be expressed through behaviors rather than words, especially in people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and limited verbal communication skills. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Behavioral Manifestations of Pain (for NURSES) THIS MODULE IS INTENDED FOR CLINICAL/NURSING PROFESSIONALS. When working with people with limited verbal communication skills, nurses must draw upon well-developed assessment skills and consider the many ways that people may communicate pain. This training module explains how pain may be manifested as behaviors in people with I/DD and offers pain assessment tools that may be helpful for those with limited communication skills. [1 CE for Licensed Nursing Professionals] 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Behavior is Communication Behavior is a way to communicate unmet needs and wants. Inability to communicate feelings and experiences and to cope with intense emotion and feeling can contribute to challenging behaviors. If caregivers who support a person understand that challenging behaviors are methods to communicate a need or want, they can work with the person to help get that need or want met. This training module explains behavior as communication and identifies what certain behaviors might communicate 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by shifts between mania and depression. This training module reviews bipolar disorder in terms of definition, signs and symptoms, and strategies for supporting an individual diagnosed with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and bipolar disorder. [Updated to reflect DSM-5] 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Body Mechanics & Back Pain This training module discusses back pain in terms of different types, risk factors, specific injuries and ailments that cause back pain, and methods used to treat back pain. It also explains how the use of proper body mechanics can decrease the risk of injury during movement, including tips on proper posture and techniques to use when pushing, pulling, lifting or moving an object or an individual. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Boundaries People develop boundaries to protect the personal space in which they are comfortable to think, feel, and be themselves. One’s boundaries are a set of limits intended to preserve one’s personal well-being with the expectation that others will respect these limits. This training is designed to increase boundaries awareness and skills in caregivers and to offer suggestions for encouraging individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) to develop healthy boundaries while respecting the boundaries of people around them. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Bowel Management This training module provides information about bowel management in terms of normal and abnormal bowel function, complications of abnormal bowel function, and ways to promote bowel health. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Cerebral Palsy This course discusses cerebral palsy in terms of its definition, symptoms, treatment, and current research activities. It also gives practical advice about supporting individuals with Cerebral Palsy. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Communicating Effectively with Healthcare Professionals Visits to doctors and other healthcare professionals are an important part of maintaining one’s health. Caregivers can assist individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals for more accurate diagnosis and treatment. 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Communication – Positive Techniques Effective communication is considered a best practice, but it takes time and effort. Through recognizing and practicing positive communication techniques, caregivers can communicate more effectively with the individuals they support, strengthen their relationships with them, and fulfill the individuals’ needs. The purpose of this training is to help caregivers explore various methods used for communicating and to suggest techniques that can effect positive communication. (2 training hours) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Communication -Understanding & Improving This training module is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge of effective communication skills. With the development of these skills, the participant should be able to communicate more effectively. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Competencies – Nursing and I/DD (for NURSES) THIS MODULE IS INTENDED FOR CLINICAL/NURSING PROFESSIONALS. This training is designed to provide the learner with basic information about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them become competent in caring for this population. The concept of developmentally appropriate care is introduced and challenges in caring for this population and planning for post hospital care are explored. [1 CE for Licensed Nursing Professionals] 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Dementia This training module provides an overview of dementia in terms of the different types, signs, symptoms, and methods of support throughout the various stages. Coping methods to manage the stress of caregiving are also addressed. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Dental Disease Prevention This training module provides an overview of the various components of dental health, including the link between dental health and overall physical health. Additionally, this training provides tools to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with their dental care. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Depression This training module defines depression and explores the types, symptoms, treatment options, and ways to support individuals who have ID/DD and depression. The basic assumptions of Positive Approaches and how they apply to supporting people with depression who may exhibit challenging behaviors are also explained. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Diabetes – Basics This training module provides basic information about type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes in terms of: (a) signs and symptoms, risk factors, and diagnostic tests related to each type; (b) strategies for recognizing and preventing complications of diabetes (including dietary guidelines, suggested activities, and medication information); and (c) standards of care for supporting individuals with I/DD who have diabetes. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Diabetes-Complications Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death. However, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have diabetes can work with their support network and health care providers to manage the disease and lower their risk of complications. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Diabetes – Nutrition A key component to successful management of diabetes is a proper diet. This training reviews the nutritional needs of a person with diabetes and offers strategies to encourage healthy nutritional choices for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and diabetes. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Digestive Disorders – Lower GI This training module provides information to help caregivers recognize signs and symptoms of common lower gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Discussion includes non-verbal indicators of pain that may be exhibited by someone with a lower GI disorder. Measures to best support an individual with a lower GI disorder are also reviewed. (2 training hours) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Digestive Disorders – Upper GI This training addresses common disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract, their causes, and how to prevent and treat them. Dysphagia is discussed as a symptom found in some of these disorders. Emphasis is placed on how to best support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may have a disorder of the upper gastrointestinal tract. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Discharge Planning for Providers This training discusses how to work with a hospital or other healthcare agency to develop a safe and appropriate discharge plan for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Discharge Planning (for NURSES) This training module focuses on the special needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to be considered during discharge planning in order to develop a comprehensive discharge plan and facilitate a smooth transition from the hospital to home or another care facility. [1 CE for Licensed Nursing Professionals] 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) According to the National Down Syndrome Society, Down syndrome/Trisomy 21 is the most prevalent chromosomal condition, affecting one in every 691 babies born in the United States. This training module examines Down syndrome in terms of diagnosis, common characteristics, associated health and aging issues, and ways to support individuals with Down syndrome. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Dysphagia This training module discusses dysphagia, a medical term for “swallowing difficulty.” An individual who has dysphagia may not only have difficulty swallowing; he or she may also experience pain with swallowing or may not be able to swallow at all. This training explores the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and complications associated with dysphagia and provides strategies for supporting individuals with I/DD who have dysphagia. (2 training hours) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Eating Disorders This training module provides information about common eating disorders and associated food behaviors in terms of the psychological aspects, medical complications, and emotional state of people with eating disorders. Information about Prader-Willi Syndrome and pica is included. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Executive Functioning Executive functioning involves mental processes that enable a person to apply knowledge from the past to current situations, plan for future activities, and self-regulate. Impairment of these processes can make simple tasks challenging. This training explains executive function skills, explores the effects of impairment of those skills, and offers strategies for supporting executive functioning in people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Fall Prevention This training module presents a basic overview of falls and ways to prevent them. The training includes the definition of a fall, risk factors for falls, complications which may result from a fall, precautions that may be taken to prevent falls, and ways to support a person who has fallen. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) This training module addresses the group of disorders classified as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASD. The information provides an understanding and awareness of the nature of these disorders. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Foodborne Illness The United States’ food supply is one of the safest in the world, but this can change with poor food-safety practices. Food contaminated with disease-producing bacteria, viruses, and parasites can cause illnesses and even death. Safe food handling and preparation practices can prevent foodborne illnesses. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may require support to manage a foodborne illness and to learn and practice safe food-handling principles. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) This training module examines generalized anxiety disorder in terms of its causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatments. It also provides suggestions on how to support an individual diagnosed with both ID/DD and anxiety. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Genetic Syndromes Due to recent, notable advances in human genetics, scientists have gained the knowledge that intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can be caused by many different genetic syndromes. This training provides a basic overview of genetics and reviews genetic syndromes contributing to I/DD in terms of their causes, specific characteristics particular to each, diagnosis, related medical concerns, and methods of supporting individuals diagnosed those syndromes. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Hearing & Visual Impairment This training module reviews the anatomy involved with both normal and abnormal hearing and sight. It explains the causes, signs, diagnostic tests, and treatments related to hearing and visual impairments, as well as tips for assisting individuals with those impairments and methods to prevent impairment. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Heart Disease This training discusses what heart disease is and why recognition of it is so important. Emphasis is placed on how to live a heart healthy lifestyle and how to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are diagnosed with heart disease. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU HIPPA This training module is designed to explain the philosophy behind Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its impact on consumer rights, providing tips and basic ideas for dealing with everyday scenarios where HIPAA plays a role. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Infectious Diseases – Bloodborne Pathogens This training module was designed to provide those who work in a health care setting information about diseases that may be found in blood, how to reduce the chance of becoming infected, and what to do if exposed to a bloodborne disease. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Infectious Diseases – General infections General infections can be contagious, or easily passed from one individual to another. This training module reviews some of the most common general infections. The chain of infection is examined, and emphasis is placed on measures designed to break the chain of infection and prevent the infection from spreading to others. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Infectious Diseases – Resistant Organisms This training module provides information regarding infectious diseases that are produced by resistant organisms. These organisms, for various reasons, have become resistant to antibiotics. This training will also describe preventative measures to reduce the spread of such antibiotic- resistant organisms. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Intellectual – Developmental Disabilities Overview This training module presents an overview of intellectual and developmental disabilities. It includes historical perceptions of individuals with intellectual disabilities, definitions of intellectual and developmental disabilities, discussion related to dual diagnosis, interventions using positive approaches, and a brief overview of legislation and advocacy as it relates to intellectual disabilities. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) This training module provides an overview of the key features of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), challenges in diagnosis of IED, and ways to support individuals with IED. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Lifesharing – Community Participation This training module is designed to support lifesharing providers (families) by assisting them in understanding what is meant by community participation, how they can overcome barriers to community participation, and how they can assist with increasing community participation. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Lifesharing – Family Dynamics This training module provides an overview of the lifesharing initiative and explores the dynamics of family systems, as well as the interconnectivity among family members and the impact a lifesharing experience has on them. Examination of the rules, roles, and functions of all individuals involved in lifesharing will assist lifesharing providers in understanding the effects of welcoming another person into their family. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Medical Facilities – Appropriate Use Different types of medical facilities are designed to provide different levels of medical care. This training was developed to assist participants to understand “emergency” in terms of supporting an individual with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and determining the appropriate type of facility at which to seek medical care for the individual. (2 training hours) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Medications – Purposes, Types, and Effects This training module provides general information about medications in terms of the uses, types, and effects. The issue of polypharmacy is introduced. Emphasis is placed on safety as it relates to general medication concepts. Best practice guidelines are offered for obtaining information about medication. [Note: This training module is not intended for the purpose of medication administration training.] (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Neurological Diseases This training module reviews four neurological diseases – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease – in terms of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and methods for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities who are affected by these diseases. included are suggestions for supporting the caregivers who support those individuals. 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Nutrition According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals with I/DD have a higher rate of obesity than the general population. Obesity is linked to an increased risk for various diseases. Practicing good nutritional habits can reduce obesity and the risk of diseases associated with it. This training reviews basic principles of good nutrition and provides information and tools for caregivers to use in supporting individuals to make healthy food choices. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “more than 2 percent of the U.S. population, or nearly one out of every 40 people, will be diagnosed with OCD at some point in their lives” (NAMI, 2012). It affects up to 3.5% of people with intellectual disabilities (DM-ID, 2007). This training provides current information about OCD, how it affects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and best practices for supporting someone with I/DD and OCD. [Updated to reflect DSM-5] 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Osteoporosis This training module provides an overview on osteoporosis, including a comparison of healthy bones to bones that have become osteoporotic, risk factors, screening, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis, as well as techniques for caring for an individual with osteoporosis. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Personal Hygiene This training module outlines the components of personal hygiene and how best to support someone with I/DD in following a daily routine in order to promote good health and hygiene. 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Physical Distress – Recognizing the signs This training module is designed to help the learner identify signs of physical distress and appropriate interventions to take when someone is in physical distress. A case study of actual events that took place in a community group home in New York state is presented to enhance the learning and reinforce the main concepts of the training. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Poison Control & Prevention This training defines poison and explains how different poisons can affect a person’s body. Common poisons found in the home and workplace are identified and explained in terms of how they affect the body, preventative measures one can take, and what to do in various situations involving poisons. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Positive Approaches – An Overview Positive Approaches is a worldview in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, and all are entitled to ‘Everyday Lives’. The purpose of Positive Approaches is to help people with disabilities live lives similar to people without disabilities” (Legare, 2003). This training offers in-depth discussion on the four cornerstones of Positive Approaches – Environment, Communication, Assessment, and Hanging in There – in an effort to help caregivers support individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and challenging behaviors to achieve an everyday life. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Positive Approaches – De-escalation De-escalation skills enable caregivers to respond to a crisis situation in a way that protects the safety of everyone present and supports the individual by reducing emotional stress to a level at which the communication can occur and needs met. This training presents the triggers and signs of escalation and provides effective de-escalation techniques for before and during a crisis to help return an individual to a less agitated state. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Positive Practice-Restraint Reduction (for NURSES) THIS MODULE IS INTENDED FOR CLINICAL/NURSING PROFESSIONALS.This training module defines and identifies various types of restraints and explores the rationale behind the benefits of implementing alternatives to restraints. As restraints have been used in response to challenging behaviors, the training addresses both the causes of challenging behavior as well as methods and techniques used to reduce the use of restraints. [1 CE for Licensed Nursing Professionals] 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Pressure Sores Staying in one position for too long can damage skin and cause pressure sores at points of contact where bones are close to the skin. People who use wheelchairs or are unable to change positions are at risk for pressure sores, which can cause serious (even life-threatening) infections. This training module provides information on pressure sores in terms of risk factors, development, treatment, and prevention 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Recreational Therapy This training module provides an explanation of the term recreational therapy and of the various types of recreational therapies available. Information given regarding the benefits of the various therapies and what settings utilize them. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Safety – Tips for Summer This training module provides information in planning summer activities for individuals to prevent problems from health and safety threats specific to summer activities. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Schizophrenia This training provides an overview on the topic of schizophrenia. The types of schizophrenia along with the symptoms, and treatments will be explored. The importance of reporting symptoms to help in diagnosing, and the methods that caregivers can use to support a person with schizophrenia are also presented. (Beginner) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) This training module provides an overview of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in terms of the signs and symptoms, causes, treatments, and supports for individuals diagnosed with both ID/DD and SAD. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Seizure Overview A considerable number of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience seizure activity. This training presents an overview of seizures in terms of causes, signs/symptoms, triggers, diagnosis, and treatment. It also provides practical information related to effective support strategies, care techniques, and documentation methods for caregivers supporting individuals with I/DD and seizure activity. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Sensory Processing Disorder Sensory processing is the way in which the brain understands and responds to information received through the body’s senses. When the brain does not process sensory information properly, the person will respond differently than others. This training module explains how input is received through the body’s senses, processed by the brain, and responded to by the body. It then describes sensory processing disorder and offers methods for supporting individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have sensory processing disorder. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Skin Care Skin is the largest organ in the body. It is also the body’s primary defense against external harmful factors, such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, and fungi. This training provides information about the importance of skin integrity, risk factors that can compromise skin integrity, and care guidelines that promote healthy skin. Suggestions for teaching people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) about skin care are also presented. 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Sleep Apnea This training module reviews sleep apnea in terms of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatment, problems which may result if left untreated, and ways to support individuals with ID/DD who have sleep apnea. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Standard Precautions This training module discusses what standard precautions are and how to properly use them. Information is provided on infectious disease and how to break the chain of infection using standard precautions. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Stress Management Stress is a part of everyday life. This presentation will review why stress is important, what can cause stress, and some healthy ways to deal with stress. (Beginner) 1
Southwestern PA HCQU Symptoms – Description, Reporting, Documentation An accurate, detailed description of what occurred before, during, and after the occurrence of a medical or behavioral condition will help healthcare professionals identify the cause and determine what treatment would be most effective for the individual. This training focuses on properly observing, describing, reporting, and documenting events that could impact the health and safety of an individual. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Thyroid Disorders Thyroid disorders occur when the thyroid gland produces an abnormal amount of thyroid hormones. This training module reviews the function of the thyroid gland and what happens when an abnormality occurs. The signs, symptoms, and treatments for thyroid disorders are presented along with methods for supporting individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have thyroid disorders. (2 training hours) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Traumatic Brain Injury According to the CDC, “Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability” (Severe traumatic brain injury, 2014). This training provides an overview of normal brain function and the effects of traumatic brain injuries to different areas of the brain. It explores TBI in terms of signs and symptoms, prevention methods, treatment options, and strategies for supporting people with I/DD and traumatic brain injuries. (2 training hours) 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Trauma and Attachment Disorders The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition), or DSM-5, categorizes two attachment disorders – reactive attachment disorder (RAD) and disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED) – as “Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders”, because their root causes are trauma, abuse, instability in caregivers, and neglect. Individuals with I/DD often experience conditions associated with attachment disorders, and the effects may continue into adulthood. 2
Southwestern PA HCQU Trauma – Causes and Effects [1 of 4 sessions in a trauma webinar series presented by Lara Palay, LISW-S.]People with disabilities are at greater risk for being victimized or abused and more likely to have everyday stresses or losses become traumatic. This training helps participants identify the causes of trauma, recognize the unique vulnerabilities for people with I/DD and the frequency of traumatic stress experienced by them, and discuss the key elements of damaging traumatic stress. 1.5
Southwestern PA HCQU Trauma – Connection and the Brain [1 of 4 sessions in a trauma webinar series presented by Lara Palay, LISW-S.]Connection to others makes us what we are. This training explores how human interaction affects brain development in terms of the brain structure, attachment in infancy and attachment styles through life, and the effects of trauma on emotions, thinking, behavior, and attachments. The speaker relates this information to people with I/DD and traumas they may have experienced. 1.5
Southwestern PA HCQU Trauma – Healing and Everyday Interventions [1 of 4 sessions in a trauma webinar series presented by Lara Palay, LISW-S.]Trauma reduces inhibition and perspective taking. However, the brain grows and changes throughout life, enabling it to build new connections and avoid over-reacting to stress signals. This training examines brain growth and change in people with I/DD who experience trauma, discusses emotional literacy and effective coping strategies, and encourages positive identity and post-traumatic growth. 1.5
Southwestern PA HCQU Trauma – Grief and Loss [1 of 4 sessions in a trauma webinar series presented by Lara Palay, LISW-S.]Every person experiences and grieves losses. However, people with I/DD often do not have the opportunity to participate in healing rituals to manage grief. This training discusses the losses – including secondary and hidden losses – people with I/DD experience, the tasks and stages of their grieving, and supportive environments and meaningful activities to encourage healing. 1.5
Southwestern PA HCQU Weight Management In 2011-2012, 68.5% of the U.S. population was considered either overweight or obese (Obesity Rates, n.d.). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity is even more prevalent in people with disabilities (Disability and Obesity, 2014). Managing weight in our society can be challenging. Food tastes good and is often conveniently available in large quantities. Caregivers who understand the basic concepts of weight management can support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to make healthful food choices and adopt good eating habits. 2