Upcoming trainings

DHR’s Chief Operations Officer, Barry Hamilton, will be hosting two trainings in February, alongside the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT). Please direct all questions to DSACT and register through the links below.

CAREGIVER PRIMER ON ADVOCATING FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE WITH IDD

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Have you ever had concerns about your child’s mental wellness and want to have tools to help you identify potential concerns?

Join Barry Hamlilton, LMSW, QIDP, QMHP-CS, and DSACT to learn how to advocate for your loved one for mental health services, what tools you can use as a caregiver, and how to work with mental health professionals. You will also walk away from this presentation knowing red flags for mental health concerns and what to watch for if your loved one is prescribed medication.

Presentation objectives include learning:

  • Historical context of mental health in the IDD population
  • Core concepts of how an individual’s IDD diagnosis impacts access to mental health care: diagnostic overshadowing, cognitive reserve, and limited professional capacity
  • Prevalence of mental health issues and key indicators for those with Down syndrome
  • Understanding of how approaches to mental health care can be adapted for individuals with IDD

Registration is required! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

BETTER UNDERSTAND MY EMOTIONS: INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop is for teens and adults with IDD. Guardians interested in attending a workshop on mental health and IDD should plan to attend the workshop on Thursday, February 15.

As a teen/adult with Down syndrome, have you ever felt sad or angry for more than a week at a time? Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy?

Join DSACT and Barry Hamilton, LMSW, QIDP, QMHP-CS to learn more about what you can do when you have these feelings. We’ll be learning tips on how to keep your brain healthy. We’ll also identify some coping strategies you can share with your parents.

Goals for this presentation include learning:

  • What could it mean if I feel sad, depressed, or upset a lot?
  • Things to do to keep the mind healthy: sleep, eat right, be positive
  • How to make myself feel better when stressed out

Registration is required! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!