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Friday Feature 6.29.2018
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The Center for START Services
START Goes to England!
Dr. Joan Beasley was invited to speak about START on a community inclusion panel at the 2018 Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress which took place in Birmingham, England this week. During the panel, which focused on the importance of inclusion and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities, Dr. Beasley spoke about how START fosters inclusion and promotes the use of strengths based approaches to improve mental health outcomes and well being for individuals with IDD.
Also on the panel were self-advocates who started an initiative to stop the overuse of psychiatric medications for people with IDD and autism, called STOMP for short. The aims of STOMP are to encourage people to have regular check-ups about the medicines they are prescribed, make sure doctors and other health professionals involve people and their families in medication decisions, and inform everyone about non-drug therapies and practical ways of supporting people so they are less likely to need as much, or any medicine.

"We were very inspired by our co-presenters and leaders in self-advocacy in the UK. They are modeling the way for us all." 
-Dr. Beasley
 
Today we are sharing a few resources about this great project that helps people stay well and have a good quality of life. Please note that "learning disability" is the official term used in England for "intellectual disability" and is used throughout the resources below.
Sound PLC Wraps Up in Seattle
Dr. Jill Hinton and Dave O'Neal facilitated the final training session on Thursday for Seattle's Sound Mental Health Professional Learning Community (PLC), a community wide PLC for mental health and IDD therapists and providers. The series of trainings featured presentations on Trauma in People with ASD, Eating Disorders in ASD, Therapy and Therapeutic Activities for Children and Adults with IDD, and a case presentation demonstrating the importance of a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and treatment in IDD. 
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

 
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire