The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma

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You are invited to participate in a newly-developed train-the-trainer institute designed to teach core knowledge, useful skills and values for working with children with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who have been impacted by traumatic experiences.

This free in-person train-the-trainer opportunity is offered through a collaborative effort of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin; the National Child Traumatic Stress Network; the Texas Council of Community Centers; and SAFE in Austin, Texas.

Train-the-trainer content will focus on supporting children’s safety, well-being and recovery from traumatic experiences — including medical trauma, abuse, neglect, institutionalization, bullying and other traumatic events.

This training institute is designed for educators and trainers in the fields of mental health, disability service, child welfare and protection, domestic violence, sexual assault and education; as well as family members and others involved in the care of children with disabilities who have experienced abuse, neglect, medical trauma, abandonment, bullying and other traumatic events.  Training topics include:

  • Understanding child traumatic stress and its relationship to children with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
  • The impacts of trauma on behavior, development and relationships
  • Providing supports to the child, family and caregivers
  • Working across systems
  • Managing professional and personal stress

2018 Training Locations

Registration for February’s training is now closed. Please check back for new training dates.

Register for Train-the-Trainer Institute

Family members of children with disabilities and training participants with disabilities are encouraged to apply for a stipend to cover some travel costs and/or childcare in order to attend. Instructions for the stipend application will be provided upon completion of registration.

Contact Leslie Fierro at [email protected] if you need additional information.

What is the Problem?

Children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities experience abuse, neglect, institutionalization, bullying and other forms of traumatic maltreatment at significantly higher rates than the general population.

What may be noted as challenging, non-compliant or defiant behaviors in a child with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities could be an expression of the impact of traumatic events just mentioned.

Care providers who can recognize and address these and other impacts of traumatic events are much more likely to use strategies and methods that can support the child’s ability to heal and meet their full potential.

Know there is hope; recovery from traumatic experiences is possible!

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