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Ask the Expert Session: Mental Health Disorders and Trauma Amongst People with Intellectual Disabilities


January 18
11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Crystal Cardenas

The UP Project is hosting an Ask the Expert session with Matt Mason, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Matt Mason is the Project Director for the Developmental Disabilities Administration Health Initiative (DDAHI) at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development in Washington, DC as part of the University’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He has been providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and related needs for over twenty-five years. Dr. Mason is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he was awarded the prestigious Creative Scholar Award. He is a licensed psychologist and a Board certified Behavior Analyst. His expertise expands special education, mental and behavioral health services, trauma-informed care, forensic services and treatment foster care.

Dr. Mason has held a variety of leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including residential schools, child welfare, community-based care and mental health facilities. His national and international consultation efforts have focused on standards of institutional care, transitional care and human rights protections.  DDAHI provides evidence-based technical assistance, advocacy, and capacity building for people with developmental disabilities in the District of Columbia. This project includes efforts to improve hospital care, increase the capacity to service persons with complex needs, improve the expertise of professional caregivers, and develop best practices in health care, behavioral services, trauma informed care, and supporting parents with intellectual disabilities.

Session Overview:
Join us for an Ask the Expert session on the topic of Mental Health Disorders and Trauma Amongst People with Intellectual Disabilities​. This session is designed for participants to ask expert Dr. Matthew Mason questions to help you understand the risk factors of people with intellectual disabilities and how to improve your practices in working with this underserved population.

About 1% of the general US population is estimated to have Intellectual Disability. Identifying an Intellectual Disability requires both a clinical assessment and standardized testing. The presence of an Intellectual Disability increases the likelihood of other disorders and challenging experiences compared to non-disabled peers, including mental health disorders, other developmental disorders, traumatic experiences, and disparities in education, employment, community living, relationships, and health.

In this lecture you will learn:

Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

– Describe the prevalence of mental health issues among people with intellectual disabilities

– Discuss the presentation of a variety of mental health symptoms

– Describe variety of treatments, including pharmacological, lifestyle and therapy options

Traumatic Experiences Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

– Define trauma

– Identify the risk factors associated with exposure to traumatic events among people with intellectual disabilities

– Describe a public health model of trauma-informed care

– Identify key elements of recovery from trauma

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For questions, comments, or concerns please contact Tiffany Anderson at (805) 584-0525 or tiffany.anderson@cirinc.org