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Grief and Loss: Guiding and Supporting Individuals with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities Through the Experience

This is a live webinar. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop.

Presenters: Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW-C, and Tracee Hutt-Brown, MSW, LCSW-C

CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs

Course Description: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and other disabilities are often excluded from rituals and information about death and loss because of the false assumption that they do not comprehend death or experience grief and loss. Just like people without disabilities, people with I/DD also experience the death of family members, pets, friends and support service staff. They, too, respond to loss and share the same reality of death as the absence of life. This workshop will help providers and families increase their knowledge about grief and loss experiences for individuals with I/DD, and their skills on guiding and supporting them through the process, while accounting for cultural differences.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives: This workshop is designed to help participants:

1.  Gain knowledge about grief and loss experiences for people with and without developmental disabilities.
2. Explore their own values and attitudes regarding grief and loss and people with I/DD and other disabilities.
3. Discuss factors that facilitate or hinder emotional healing.
4. Identify effective strategies for guiding and supporting individuals experiencing grief and loss, including     individuals with I/DD and other disabilities.

Target Populations:

  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Organizational leaders
  • Parents/caregivers
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Students
  • Support staff and other community service providers

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding). The registration fees include: $55 registration fee will be charged for professionals, $15 registration for parents/caregivers/individuals with disabilities, and $10 for students/trainees workshop registrations.

No processing fee required for payment by check. Apply promo code "PAYBYCHECK” at checkout. All checks must be received 5 business days prior to the training

Make check payable to: Kennedy Krieger Institute (In note section write "MCDD SLS Training")

Mail check to: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: MCDD Training Program, 7000 Tudsbury Road, Baltimore, MD 21244
Kennedy Krieger Institute Employees:  Enter promo code "KKISTAFF" at checkout.

Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be received by fax 443-923-9570 or e-mail 7 business days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.

Maryland Center for Developmental Disability at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555. 

Tuesday, June 9 at 9:00am to 12:15pm

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