Supporting Persons with Co-Occurring Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Challenges

Kerry Arnold, LSW, 3 CEU’s

October 9, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform


This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of persons (ranging from youth to adults) who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health challenges.   There is a particular emphasis on understanding the presentation of both the disability and mental health issues and how to approach, accommodate and effectively support those who struggle to manage the symptoms of each in their relationships and environment.

Training Objectives:

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify challenges specific to youth/young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)
  • Describe the nature of mental health symptoms, including risk factors as they occur for those with (I/DD)
  • Describe holistic approaches and helpful environmental, sensory and behavioral accommodations to support individuals with co-occurring I/DD and mental health challenges
  • Practice practical, effective problem-solving strategies based on case scenarios involving individuals with co-occurring I/DD and mental health challenges, with an emphasis on transition issues (from school or home to a new living environment) and gaps in social skill development


This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a Council on Social Work Education accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Speaker:

Kerry Arnold, M.S.W., LSW is a Full Time Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Health/Human Services program at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kerry is a Licensed Social Worker and received her M.S.W. from Temple University. For 35 years, she has been a behavior specialist, educator, and consultant to a myriad of agencies in the Tri-State area serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring disorders, which include substance abuse. Kerry has presented at city, state and national conferences in the area of recovery-centered, behavioral support planning for individuals receiving behavioral health services. From 2008-2018, she had been a primary consultant in New Jersey’s dual-disordered initiative spearheaded by Rutgers University.

Kerry is active within her college and neighborhood communities with people who have a lived experience with some aspect of behavioral health/stigma, oppression, addiction and supports their path toward recovery and healing.


(a break will be provided)

9:30 Introduction, dispelling myths regarding I.D.D./M.H. individuals
10:00 – 11:15 Challenges and symptoms for I.D.D./M.H. individuals; Risk factors; this section will have a breakout room discussion
11:15 – 12:00 Trauma experienced by I.D.D./M.H. individuals; holistic approaches and sensory/behavioral/environmental accommodations; this section will have a breakout room activity

Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a packet containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee.

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Event Details

  • October 9, 2020 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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