June 5, 2020
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Cultural Competency & Leading the Way

On Thursday June 4th, the Center for START Services hosted a leadership community meeting facilitated by Tawara Goode, MA, Director of the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence & Dr. Joan B. Beasley, Director of the Center for START Services.
Fifty-five leaders from across the national START network attended and engaged in small and large group discussions. Tawara framed the dialogue by offering a definition of leadership and encouraged people to reflect on how to lead the way in breaking down barriers. The following 2 quotes were used to prompt small group discussions. They are shared with you today in the hopes that they may elicit similarly introspective dialogues within your own communities.
"Our truncated public discussion of race suppresses the best of who and what we are as a people because they fail to confront the complexity of the issue in a candid and critical manner."
Cornell West, 1993
"Conversation is critical, but not without self-reflection, both individually and communally. "
Alex Kotlowitz, 1998
We encourage you to explore the numerous resources related to cultural and linguistic competency found on the NCCC’s website.
Upcoming Virtual Training Opportunities
A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group
Strategies for Addressing Anxiety Related to COVID-19
Associate Director Karen Weigle, PhD and Clinical Director Jill Hinton, PhD
from the UNH Institute on Disabilty Center for START Services

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Click Here to Register
Webinar Description
Anxiety is a common co-occurring concern for many people with IDD (including ASD). In this time of COVID, everyone is experiencing heightened anxiety. For this population in particular we need to be aware of this underlying anxiety and provide strategies to help people manage their symptoms. This panel presentation will describe how anxiety may present in people with IDD and demonstrate effective strategies to address these anxieties. Presented by Karen Weigle, PhD, Associate Director at Center for START Services & Jill Hinton, PhD, Clinical Director at Center for START Services joined by START program Clinical Directors and persons with lived experiences. A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group.

Karen Weigle, PhD, Associate Director, Center for START Services
Dr. Weigle is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and their families. She has extensive experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team and in several medical specialty clinics and wards, and has provided assessment and intervention services in a variety of contexts including in-home, school-based, clinic-based, agency-based, hospital-based, and community crisis response. 

Jill Hinton, PhD, Clinical Director, Center for START Services
Dr. Hinton is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and mental illness. During her career, she has worked with both the Autism Society of NC and The Arc of NC in provision of supports to individuals and families across the state.

Guest Speakers: Denise Bronzino, PhD & Alyse Scura, MA, EdM, LMHC, Clinical Directors, NY START Region 5 (Long Island) & Maggie Robbins, MA, LCAT, RDT, Clinical Director, NC START Central

Please Note:
  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • You can test your connection to Zoom prior to the scheduled time by visiting this test webpage.
  • For disability accommodations e-mail
  • This webinar will be archived.
MHIDD for Mobile Crisis Responders
Webinar Training Course

Register for the Next Course Starting June 16th
The Center for START Services is committed to providing quality remote training opportunities - registration is now open for the next three webinar training courses on MHIDD for Mobile Crisis Responders. Each Course is a 6-session webinar that teaches best practices in crisis assessment, response, and disposition recommendations. It is highly recommended for the following providers:
  • Mobile Crisis Responders, Clinicians & Supervisors
  • Mental Health and/or IDD Case Managers /Service Coordinators
  • Emergency Services Clinicians
Registration fee is $149 per person. The next training courses begin on June 16th and October 6th. Session dates for each course are available on our website.

Participants who attend all 6 sessions of this course will receive a Center for START Services Certificate of Completion for MHIDD Mobile Crisis Response Training and 0.75 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire (CEUs are available for individual sessions).

Learn More & Register
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire