Skip to main content

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

This is a live webinar. There is no charge for participants, but registration is required. Please register early as space is limited. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop. 

Presenters: Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, 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 
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).

This training is sponsored by the Maryland Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN) in collaboration with the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. MD-SPIN is led by the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Adminstration. 

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 30 at 9:00am to 12:15pm

Virtual Event

Recent Activity

Kitty Dawson

Kitty Dawson left a positive review 6/29/2020

I thought the presenter knew her material and did an excellent job presenting. I had difficulty understanding her dialect .

Angela Elkins

Angela Elkins 6/25/2020

Having trouble registering for grief and loss 6/30!webinar

You're not going yet!

This event requires registration.