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 final certificate, a participant must attend:
REQUIRED WORKSHOPS (11 Days total) 1. An Introduction to Developmental Disabilities and Social Work Practice 5 C.E.H.
- 11 Required Workshops
- 1 Elective workshop
- A total of 12 days
LIFESPAN ISSUES: 2. Starting Out: From Diagnosis through Early Childhood 5 C.E.H.
- Identify the disabilities covered under federal and state definitions
- Explore eligibility for services and the service systems utilized
- Discuss issues in diagnosis and identification
- Locate and access developmental and educational services
3. Supporting Youth with Disabilities in the Transition to Adult Life 5 C.E.H.
4. Community Services and Supports: Evolving Approaches 5 C.E.H.
- Identify the challenges faced by youth
- Discuss a variety of strategies to facilitate the transition process
5. Growing Old Together: Aging and Family Caregiving 5 C.E.H.
- Describe the evolution of consumer-directed services
- Identify various techniques used in assisting people with life planning
CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES: 6. Disability Policy Issues 5 C.E.H.
- Discuss the issues of aging with a developmental disability
- Explore strategies for supporting family caregivers
7. Legal and Ethical Issues 5 C.E.H.
- Describe the importance of major federal and state disability legislation
- Discuss future trends and directions in disability policy
8. Multicultural Perspectives in Developmental Disabilities 5 C.E.H.
- Identify major ethical issues
- Develop strategies for resolving legal and ethical dilemmas
9. Supporting Families Through Change 5 C.E.H.
- Explore values and belief systems of ethnic groups
- Implement techniques to overcome barriers
10. Health and Wellness 5 C.E.H.
- Identify crisis points for the family from diagnosis to adulthood
- Explore effective support strategies for families
11. Understanding and Managing Problem Behaviors 5 C.E.H.
- Explore various techniques that contribute to healthy living
- Identify potential common secondary conditions
ELECTIVE WORKSHOPS (one required)
- Explore the reasons for problem behaviors
- Identify various approaches for managing problem behaviors
One elective is required in addition to the required workshops.
- Mental and Behavioral Health Aspects of Dual Diagnosis (MI/DD)
- Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities
- Autism and other Disability-Specific Topics
- Guardianship and Developmental Disabilities