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Date(s) - 02/23/2018
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

JCFS - Cooper Center


Jewish Child & Family Services proudly presents a workshop for mental health professionals:

Most clinical training programs provide little to no information about providing therapy to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).  Yet, research indicates that 30 – 40% of people with ID/DD experience mental illness. This workshop will look at the challenges to identifying and treating co-occurring mental illness in individuals with ID/DD. The role of trauma and its impact on the lives of people with ID/DD will also be covered. Making use of engaging and interactive exercises, the presenter will provide strategies and resources that can be readily employed to help the therapist feel more confident and effective.

About the Presenter Linda Sandman has over 30 years of clinical experience working with adults with disabilities, including mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is an experienced trainer and consultant to agencies and organizations working with people with disabilities. Linda is currently Co-Director of Blue Tower Solutions, Inc., an organization dedicated to empowering individual, organizations and systems to create cultures of respect, inclusion, dignity and equality for people with disabilities. Linda has previously served as Director of Clinical Services for the Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics, which provided direct service annually to over 1,000 individuals with disabilities and their families. In addition, Linda worked for 16 years on a research-oriented adult inpatient psychiatric unit at the UIC Psychiatric Institute. She currently serves on two statewide anti-violence projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, which specifically address domestic and sexual violence against people with disabilities.

Friday, February 23, 2018     9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Registration and coffee service at 8:30 am
Jewish Child & Family Services, Cooper Center, 6639 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago

Free for staff of JCFS/JVS; Fee for non-agency participants: $30
3 hours of social work CEU’s and clinical psychology CE credits will be awarded

To register: http://JCFS.formstack.com/forms/disabilties_workshop
Please contact nickiskovronski@jcfs.org if you need accommodation.