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Meeting the Behavioral Healthcare Needs of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Diagnoses

Broadcast Date: September 12, 2012
Course Code: A0


John McGonigle, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Science and Technology

Program Director Western Region ASERT

Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC



Cheryl C. Parker, MEd

Dual Diagnosis Coordinator

PA Department of Public Welfare

Office of Developmental Programs

Bureau of Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities





Program Description:

This program will focus on differentiating developmental and behavioral factors from psychiatric syndromes, and formulating psychiatric diagnoses. We will also discuss best practice approaches in the assessment and treatment of persons with dual diagnosis (IDD/MI) through the use of a least restrictive treatment model, including the use of PRN medications.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Examine best practice approaches in the assessment and formulating psychiatric diagnosis of persons with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors.

  • Discuss ways to design a least restrictive treatment model in the treatment of persons with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis.

  • Identify two methods in assessing response to treatment/interventions.

  • Describe ways to present mental health information to the treating psychiatrist during the office visits.

Target Audience:

This is an introductory program for mental health and healthcare professionals who work with individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities and their families.

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 2.0

CADC 2.0


CPRP 2.0


NBCC 2.0


PCHA 2.0

Psychologist 2.0

SW 2.0

CEU 0.2

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  CPRP, NBCC, PCHA, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



The indicated number of clock hours are approved by the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Adult Residential Licensing. These clock hours may count towards the 24 hours of annual training for administrators required in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to personal care homes).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-204-9082. 

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