Benefits of NADSP/OADSP membership
What will I learn: We will review grief and loss in individuals with developmental disabilities, and discuss the consequences of unrecognized and unsupported grieving. We will go over a model for understanding the tasks of grieving, including some similarities and differences in individuals with DD. We will present some techniques for effectively recognizing and supporting grieving, including some take-home worksheets staff can use to reinforce training content. We will also provide some indicators and risk factors for complicated bereavement, including trauma.
Instructor: Lara Palay, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Systems Change, oversees the Mental and Emotional Health Program. Ms. Palay received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University in 1991, and her Master’s degree in clinical social work in 1998. She is an independently licensed social worker and clinical supervisor. Ms. Palay maintains a private practice, specializing in treating families dealing with pediatric cancer. She teaches clinical social work at the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University. Prior to coming to the Center for Systems Change, Ms. Palay served as the first project manager for the Mental Illness/ Developmental Disabilities Coordinating Center of Excellence for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. An internationally known speaker and trainer, Ms. Palay lectures regularly on dual diagnosis, trauma, and grief and loss. Her publications include a regular column about parenting teens for Huckleberry House, Inc.
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Continuing Education: Applying for 3 hrs of CPDU's from Ohio DODD