People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are often left out of conversations about meaningful relationships and healthy sexuality. It is important to recognize that people with IDD are sexual human beings, deserving of safe, meaningful relationships. This course discusses ways in which you as a direct support professional (DSP) can help the individuals you serve learn about healthy relationships, including safe boundaries, healthy sexuality, and exploitation prevention. This course will also discuss your role in teaching these independent living skills, the importance of why these topics should be taught to people with IDD, and some special considerations to make when teaching these topics.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Relias, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Continuing Education training courses to administrators of Group Homes.
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This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Importance of Supporting Healthy Relationships A. Max’s Girlfriend B. DSPs’ Role in Teaching Sexuality & Healthy Relationships C. Learning About Relationships Is a Right D. Myths E. The Prison of Protection F. Max’s Prison of Protection G. The Ring of Safety H. Review – Max’s Ring of Safety I. Summary Section 3: What Do We Want to Teach, and How? A. Topics for Discussion B. How Do I Best Support People with IDD? C. Sexuality Education Triangle D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Special Considerations for Teaching Healthy Relationships A. Guardianship B. Capacity to Consent C. Accessibility D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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