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Providing Advocacy to Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Non-Offending Parents

December 8, 2014 - 1:30pm

This 1.5-hour training is an introduction to working with child victims (12 and under) who have an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and their non-offending parents/guardians. The training will be valuable to service providers who want to expand their knowledge about this unique and pervasive disability and develop skills in working with this underserved population. The training will include the following information:

  • An introduction to IDD with definitions of relevant terminology
  • Prevalence and risk factors
  • How disability affects family life
  • Developing rapport with the parents - What parents want you to know
  • Understanding your own comfort with IDD
  • Identification of your own training needs
  • Online and downloadable resources

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define IDD
  • Identify vulnerabilities unique to children with IDD
  • Describe the effects of disability on family dynamic
  • Name three ways to modify advocacy for children with IDD

Presenter Bio

Theresa Fears BA, MSW is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a BA in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. She has been in social services for over 20 years and working to end violence against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for the last seven of them. She created and manages the only sexual abuse prevention program in Washington for people with IDD through the Partnership 4 Safety Program at The Arc of Spokane. She has taught classes about disability and abuse to professionals, families and caregivers and presented on sexual abuse of people with IDD at local, state and national conferences. She is the author of the "Healthy Relationships Workbook" used in several Spokane area school districts.

Recording & Materials

Reviewed: April 20th, 2016