Clinical Applications - Level 2 Certificate

Clinical Applications - Level 2 Certificate

Following the completion of the Core Level 1 Certification - 2 additional courses are required to obtain Clinical Applications Level 2 Certification

(Please note: courses must be Level 1/2)

  1. Advanced Multi-Modal Contextual Behavioral Analysis and Supports for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  2. Advances in Behavioural Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Mental Health and Behavioural Problems Related to Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders - Part II.
  3. Approaches to Assessment and Counselling for People with Dual Diagnosis who have Experienced Abuse.
  4. Approaches to Family Counselling in Dual Diagnosis.
  5. Counseling Applications for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
  6. Heredity and Behavior: Insights Gained from Genetic Syndromes.
  7. Incorporating Behavioural Phenotypes into Applied Behaviour Analysis.
  8. Psychopharmacological Approaches to Complex Mental Health Challenges.
  9. Self Injury and Aggression in Persons with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.
  10. Sexuality and Offending Behavior.

Advanced Multi-Modal Contextual Behavioral Analysis and Supports for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Participants will learn to conduct a comprehensive multi-modal contextual behavioural assessment to guide decisions about treatment. Participants will learn to design treatment procedures based on the assessment to enhance personal competencies and reduce challenging behaviors in persons with developmental disabilites and autism. Advanced topics covered will include the biopsychosocial model, skills training, anxiety and anger management, self-management training, motivational/emotional modification and mediator training. (Completion of this course will apply to either the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.)

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Advances in Behavioural Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Mental Health and Behavioural Problems Related to Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders - Part II. This continuing series covers recent developments in the treatment of behavioural and mental health problems with DD and ASD. Part II focuses on different topics from Part I, and is taught by instructors who are internationally renowned experts in the behavioural treatment of persons with DD and ASD. Topics may include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dilectical Behaviour Therapy, Positive Behaviour Support, Parent Training, Social Skills Training and Habit Reversal. (Completion of this course will apply to either the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.)

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Approaches to Assessment and Counselling for People with Dual Diagnosis who have Experienced Abuse. This week will include discussion of challenges related to the diagnosis of mental health concerns in people who have intellectual disabilities and especially those who have experienced trauma and abuse. This will include examination of DM-ID criteria for PTSD. Approaches to therapy will be reviewed with a particular focus on the accommodations necessary to address the needs of people with dual diagnosis. (Completion of this course will apply to either the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.)

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Approaches to Family Counselling in Dual Diagnosis. The focus of this week will be on understanding the nature of family systems; the impact on families of having a family member with a dual diagnosis and the importance of the family to the person with the diagnosis; approaches to assessment; support and intervention with families. Participants will be introduced to major theoretical orientations to family counselling and the intervention techniques associated with them. There will also be a focus on the use of creativity, story telling, humour and metaphor in working with families. (Completion of this course will apply to either the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.)

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Counseling Applications for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Participants will be introduced to a range of counselling approaches that have been adapted for persons with developmental disabilities. The course will be taught by a group of clinicians who apply counselling techniques to assist individuals who are experiencing grief and loss, mental health challenges such as depression or post traumatic stress syndrome, or relationship challenges (couple counselling). Applications to sexual abuse and offenders will also be addressed. The course will be helpful to clinicians seeking adaptations of traditional approaches for this population. However the counselling approaches will also be of help to individuals who support persons with developmental disabilities in residential and day programmes, who may be responsible for working with mental health professionals in their area to adapt programmes to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

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Heredity and Behavior: Insights Gained from Genetic Syndromes. Advances in genetics have led to the delineation of many specific biological causes of developmental disabilities. Among these are several intriguing syndromes, which are characterized by specific, and often unusual, cognitive and psychiatric features. Recognition of the physiological basis for these behaviors has important practical implications for those affected and for the study of behavior in the general population. (Completion of this course may apply to either the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.)

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Incorporating Behavioural Phenotypes into Applied Behaviour Analysis. This course will provide a foundation of common genetic syndromes associated with dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and challenging behaviour/psychiatric involvement. Knowledge of the unique genetic interplay of syndromes to the environment, methods of learning and social engagement provide an important element to a comprehensive understanding of the antecedents and contributing conditions of severe challenging behaviour. This course, co-taught by a genetic counselor with a certified applied behaviour analyst, will provide the participant with insights into the underpinnings of severe challenging behaviour in people with genetic syndromes. These insights can offer keys to unlocking the individualized function of the behaviour. (Completion of this course may apply to either the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.)

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Psychopharmacological Approaches to Complex Mental Health Challenges. Psychokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles, pharmacological treatment of DSM IV-R Axis 1 disorders and the role in symptomatic treatment of challenging behaviors, and PRN use will be discuessed. Interactive case illustrations will be used.

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Self Injury and Aggression in Persons with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.
The session will explore the most common factors responsible for the maintenance of self-injury and aggression, describe methods for protection from risk during assessment, identify the defining features of indirect, descriptive, and functional analysis approaches to assessment and the major strengths and limitations of each general approach to assessment. Participants will learn to explore assessment using indirect (rating scale and questionnaire) procedures, through descriptive (direct observation) analysis procedures, and how to conduct an assessment using functional analysis procedure, and to to develop treatment strategies that flow from the functional assessments. Participants will also learn how a functional assessment may be useful in developing an integrated behavioral and pharmacological treatment strategy. General aggression and self-injury are the main focus of the course, however some consideration will be given to persons who present with sexual self-injury and aggression. (Completion of this course may apply to either the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.)

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Sexuality and Offending Behavior. Deviance, counterfeit deviance and the evaluation of risk will be explored as they relate to persons with intellectual disabilities who offend sexually. Assessment and intervention issues will be explored for both children and adults who offend.

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The International Certificate Programme in Dual Diagnosis

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