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Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

February 7, 2023 @ 9:30 am - March 21, 2023 @ 4:30 pm

Working effectively with individual with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Difficulties

This as a full-day virtual workshop over seven days;

7th/14th/21st/28th February 7th/14th/21st March 2023

Cost: Free for members with a €100 refundable deposit returned when completed 80%
of the course. Please fill out this application form 

Social Care Ireland in collaboration with the National Institute of Intellectual Disability Services (NIIDS) are facilitating this 7 day programme.  Provide frontline staff with a framework for understanding and addressing the problems that arise when an individual has both intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties and possibly a personality disorder. It provides staff with a range of creative strategies which they can use as effective approaches.
Aim of Programme
Health and Social Care professional’s will learn and develop skills in the following areas:
• Learn how best to provide a safe and supportive service to meet the challenges presented by people with        Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Difficulties
• Explore Intellectual Disabilities and mental illness, prevalence, indicators, common syndromes, characteristics,    vulnerability factors, similarities and differences between MI and IDD.
• Understand and develop support strategies for people with Intellectual Disabilities who have conditions such as  Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, Psychosis and Personality Disorder
• Better understand people with Intellectual Disabilities in the context of their history of trauma, and Social Care    Workers own emotional and behavioural responses.
• Understand terms such as ‘personality disorder’ ‘mental health’ and ‘behaviour of concern’
• Understand the ‘traumatised carer’ and the difficulties of working competently with people who have complex    emotional needs.
• Improves Social Care Workers understanding and confidence in supporting service users with complex emotional needs

Biography facilitator: 

Martha Mc Ginn is one of the Company Directors of the National Institute of Intellectual Disability Studies. Martha completed her Higher Diploma in Learning Disability studies at UCD and is a Registered Nurse for people with Intellectual Disabilities (RNID). She has a B.Sc.Hons Degree in Professional Social Work specialising in working with People with Intellectual Disabilities. Martha also studied under Valarie Sinason (World-renowned psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in the field of Intellectual Disability study) completing a specialised course in Psychodynamic Therapy at the Tavistock Centre London. Martha’s practical experience includes working with both children and adults with complex needs such as those who have or who live with:
• Severe to profound Intellectual Disabilities
• Behaviour which is challenging
• Are on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder
• Superimposed mental illness
Martha also specialises in working with families and is a winner of a BILD International Award for Research and Innovation for the direct impact her work has on their family lives. She also has a Degree in the Professional Management of Violence and Aggression from Dundalk Institute of Technology. This is the only HSE endorsed training in Ireland. This training has provided her with the skills to undertake intense Expert Training Need Analysis of organisations to review every aspect of why service users may become aggressive.

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February 7, 2023 @ 9:30 am
March 21, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
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Charlotte Burke