Professional Development Webinars: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

The Professional Development Webinars for Social Workers, Counselors, Registered Nurses & Other Healthcare Professionals were presented through a collaboration between the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Lewin Group, and Research Rehabilitation and Training Institute (RRTI). These nine webinars are intended for healthcare professionals who have contact with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), whether it be in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home care, residential program, community clinic, residence, or rural healthcare clinic. 

These webinars, or modules, are organized into the following series:  

 Click the Module link to view the live recording.

Pain in People with Developmental Disabilities Webinar Series

Module 1: The Mechanics of Pain 

This webinar addresses general principles of pain and its individual variables; how medications sensitize people with developmental disabilities to pain; changes in pain management medications; varieties of chronic pain syndrome.

Module 2: The Assessment of Pain 

This webinar addresses general principles of pain and its individual variables; how medications sensitize people with developmental disabilities to pain; changes in pain management medications; varieties of chronic pain syndrome. 

Module 3: Pain Management 

This webinar addresses general principles of pain and its individual variables; how medications sensitize people with developmental disabilities to pain; changes in pain management medications; varieties of chronic pain syndrome.

Pharmacology and Developmental Disabilities Webinar Series

Module 1: New Trends in Pharmacology and Developmental Disabilities 

This webinar examines new medications and new forms of medications commonly prescribed for people with developmental disabilities. It will also review treatment for autism, what you need to know about generic compounds, and strategies to share information about these developments in pharmacology

Module 2: Practical Considerations Related to Pharmacology and Developmental Disabilities 

This webinar addresses information related to intake and assessment, communication with recipients and caregivers, explanations for behavior changes, and pharmacology options (including strategies for monitoring the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of medications). It will also cover the clinical presentation of multiple medications and developmental disabilities. 

Module 3: Geriatrics - Physical & Psychiatric Pharmacology Overview 

This webinar addresses both physical and psychiatric problems, common for this population in throughout their lives and deepened in their senior years; current findings In medical assessment; gender‐related health issues; epilepsy/seizure management; behavioral health management; the impact of aging on behavioral health; common mental health concerns and possible symptoms; screening for mental health, behavioral, and psychological issues; diagnosis of physical vs. mental health issues; affective disorder, substance abuse, other behavior‐related issues; Alzheimer’s dementia and other related dementias; and early dementia.

Growing Older: Implications for People with Intellectual Disabilities Webinar Series

Module 1: Growing Older - New Challenges, New Needs 

This module examines the physical, cognitive and behavioral changes typical of the aging process and explore, as well, how these changes manifest for someone with an intellectual disability.

Module 2: Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Functional and Behavioral Changes 

People with intellectual disabilities experience the cognitive impairments associated with dementias in much the same way as the general population. Responses and the development of coping mechanisms, however, become complicated because the person with limited intellectual abilities struggles more profoundly to understand what is happening.

Module 3: Aging in Place: Developing Appropriate Community-Based Supports 

This webinar examines considerations for developing person‐centered supports to enable an individual with both cognitive and age‐related disabilities to remain at home.

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