Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities

The Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities has been created as a joint effort between the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Rutgers School of Social Work, Institute for Families. It is intended to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals working in the field of developmental disabilities and professionals working with people with disabilities in a variety of settings. Workshops may also benefit individuals who have an interest in developmental disabilities.

Certificates of completion will be offered after each workshop and a final certificate will be awarded when all requirements have been met. All workshops offered in this certificate program are designed as non-clinical workshops. Participants not seeking the certificate program are welcome to take individual workshops.

To receive the Certificate in Developmental Disabilities, a participant attends:

11 Required Workshops
1 Elective Workshop
12 Days in Total

Required Workshops

An Introduction to Developmental Disabilities and Social Work Practice
5 CE Hours

  • Identify the disabilities covered under federal and state definitions
  • Explore eligibility for services and the service systems utilized

Starting Out: From Diagnosis through Early Childhood
5 CE Hours

  • Discuss issues in diagnosis and identification
  • Locate and access developmental and educational services

Supporting Youth with Disabilities in the Transition to Adult Life
5 CE Hours

  • Identify the challenges faced by youth
  • Discuss a variety of strategies to facilitate the transition process

Community Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities
5 CE Hours

  • Describe the evolution of consumer-directed services
  • Identify various techniques used in assisting people with life planning

Growing Old Together: Aging and Family Caregiving
5 CE Hours

  • Discuss the issues of aging with a developmental disability
  • Explore strategies for supporting family caregivers

Disability Policy Issues
5 CE Hours

  • Describe the importance of major federal & state disability legislation
  • Discuss future trends and directions in disability policy

Legal and Ethical Issues
5 CE Hours

  • Identify major ethical issues
  • Develop strategies for resolving legal and ethical dilemmas

Multicultural Perspectives in Developmental Disabilities
5 CE Hours

  • Explore values and belief systems of ethnic groups
  • Implement techniques to overcome barriers

Supporting Families Through Change
5 CE Hours

  • Identify crisis points for the family from diagnosis to adulthood
  • Explore effective support strategies for families

Health and Wellness
5 CE Hours

  • Explore various techniques that contribute to healthy living
  • Identify potential common secondary conditions

Understanding and Managing Problem Behaviors
5 CE Hours

  • Explore the reasons for problem behaviors
  • Identify various approaches for managing problem behaviors


One elective is required in addition to the required workshops. Some examples:

  • Mental and Behavioral Health Aspects of Dual Diagnosis (MI/DD)
  • Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • Psychological First Aid for Individuals with IDD
  • Sexuality and Sexual Abuse of People with Developmental Disabilities