August 30, 2019
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
START National Online Training Series on Mental Health and IDD
2019-2020 Schedule Announcement

The 2019-2020 START National Online Training Series kicks off on Friday September 20th with a presentation entitled Bereavement & Grief in Individuals with IDD by Katy Stratigos, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, and Medical Director of the NYSTART Region 4 Triborough team.
This presentation explores how the experience of loss and bereavement impacts an individual’s psychiatric presentation and changes in behavior. Dr. Stratigos outlines strategies to help individuals work through their loss which may ultimately help in decreasing crises relating to loss and improving quality of life.

Please visit our website for updates and to learn more about each training. Instructions for viewing each session will be provided by CSS via email.

2019-2020 START National Training Series Schedule

Trainings air at 12:00 ET on the dates provided below.
September 20
Grief and Bereavement in Individuals with IDD
Katy Stratigos, MD, NY START Region 4 Triborough Medical Director

October 18
START Research:  2019 START National Training Institute Poster Session Winners
First place: NY START Region 4 Triborough: NYSTART Crisis Line Usage and Challenges for Families presented by Caroline Schau, LMSW & Katy Stratigos, MD
Second place: NY START Region 4 Richmond Kings: Exploratory Analysis of Assessments to Measure PERMA in Individuals Enrolled in the NYSTART Richmond-Kings Therapeutic Coaching Program presented by Corey Fisk, LCAT, Sharon Cyrus-Savary, LMHC, Alexa Eugene, BS
Third place: NH START: Live Free, Our Data: Residential Stability Leads to Building Capacity in NH presented by Valerie Tetreault, MAPP, Samantha Field, MS, Justin Smith, MSW, Sara Greenstein, MSW
With an introduction by Andrea Caoili, LCSW, CSS Director of Quality Assurance & Research

November 15
Supporting Purpose and Meaning in the Lives of Individuals with MH/IDD
Michael Smull, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices and Support Development Associates
January 17
Topic: Psychopharmacology & Self-Advocacy
February 21
Topic: PERMA: The Family Perspective with an introduction by Alyce Benson, LCSW, CSS Project Facilitator
March 20
Trauma’s Impact on Cognitive & Emotional Development in Individuals with IDD
Stefanie Griffin, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, NH START & CSS expert consultant, and Sherm Fox, MD, Psychopharmacologist, NH START & CSS Consulting Psychiatrist

April 17
Exploring the Overlap of Autism, Sexuality, & Gender-Identity Difference
Dan Shapiro, MD, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Consultant

If you are interested in learning more about sharing the START National Online Training Series with your organization and community, please contact Beth Grosso at

Thanks for reading,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire