The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma

The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma


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Friday, July 29, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar


Webinar Description:

While both adults and children with IDD experience abuse, neglect, institutionalization, abandonment, bullying and other types of trauma at rates much higher than the general population, the mental health needs of individuals with IDD are often ignored. Individuals with IDD exhibiting challenging behaviors often do not receive state-of-the-art mental health treatment and instead, the focus is often on compliance and behavior management. The goal of this webinar is to increase the awareness of the impact of trauma on children with IDD and to promote the provision of trauma-informed care for children with IDD and co-occurring mental health conditions. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health partnered to develop a training toolkit, The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma. This webinar will introduce participants to the unmet mental health needs of children who have experienced trauma, the value of trauma-informed care, and the new toolkit developed by NCTSN.

A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of I/DD Special Interest Group (I/DD SIG)



Susan Ko, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Managing Director at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. In addition to administrative and managerial responsibilities, Dr. Ko oversees Product Development and Dissemination and supervises the Service Systems, Military Families, and Education in Evidence-Based Practice Programs which are dedicated to developing resources and increasing knowledge about the impact of child traumatic stress among a diverse array of service systems (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, schools, healthcare) and for a broad range of populations (e.g., military families, clinicians), as well as the general public. She is also responsible for overseeing and directing initiatives which address the intersection of culture and trauma. Dr. Ko is the primary author of The Road to Recovery Toolkit and conducted all of the pilot trainings.

Colleen Horton, M.P.Aff., is the Policy Program Officer at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She serves on the state Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee, the Texas Medical Care Advisory Committee, the HHSC Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, the advisory board for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Institute of Medicine Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health. Colleen works with state agencies, legislators, legislative staff and other advocates on issues affecting the mental health and wellness of adults and children.