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Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities

The Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities is a joint effort between The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the Office of Continuing Education at the Rutgers School of Social Work. It is intended to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals working with people with disabilities in a variety of settings.

Certificates of completion will be offered after each workshop and a final certificate will be awarded when all certificate requirements have been met. All required 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:

  • 9 Required Workshops
  • 3 Elective workshops
  • A total of 12 days



1. An Introduction to Developmental Disabilities                                                   5 C.E.H.

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


2. Starting Out: From Diagnosis through Early Childhood                                                 5 C.E.H.

  • 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.

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

4. Community Services and Supports: Evolving Approaches                                 5 C.E.H.

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

5. Growing Old Together: Aging and Family Caregiving                                        5 C.E.H.

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


6. Disability Policy Issues                                                                                          5 C.E.H.

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

7. Legal and Ethical Issues                                                                                         5 C.E.H.

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

8. Multicultural Perspectives in Developmental Disabilities                                  5 C.E.H.

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

9. Supporting Families Through Change                                                                  5 C.E.H.

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


Three electives are required in addition to the required workshops.

Some Examples:

  • Health and Wellness                                                                                                
  • Understanding and Managing Problem Behaviors                                                 
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Aspects of Dual Diagnosis (MI/DD)
  • Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

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