Most adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, have experienced trauma. The effects of trauma can last a lifetime. They can also contribute to challenging behaviors. In this course, you will learn how trauma affects people with IDD. You will also learn how you can support people who have experienced trauma. The goal of this course is to introduce Direct Support Professionals, or DSPs, in IDD settings to trauma-informed support strategies.
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: What is Trauma?
A Definition of Trauma
The Effects of Trauma
The ABC Model
Behavior Support Plans
“Little t” Traumas
“Big T” Traumas
Section 3: The Trauma Response
The Trauma Response
Supports for a Trauma Response
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Re-remembering or Re-experiencing
Trauma and BSPs
Section 4: Trauma-Informed Supports
What are Trauma-Informed Supports?
A Sense of Safety
A Sense of Connection to Others
A Sense of Agency Over One’s Life
Meet Denny: Case Study
Section 5: Conclusion
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 15 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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