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Telehealth for Clients with Intellectual Disabilities

Join us for this live webinar event
March 21, 2023 -- 11:00am-12:30pm Eastern Daylight
1.5 CE Credits available for behavioral health clinicians

People with intellectual disability (ID) have been a marginalized group in the United States for the past 200 years. Providing equitable access to and accommodations for mental health care is one way that practitioners may help to address these concerns. Unfortunately, during and since the Covid-19 pandemic, people with ID have experienced less access to supportive therapy as the field moved towards telehealth delivery systems. In addition, many practitioners may feel ill-equipped to understand or adjust their practice to meet the particular needs of this population.

In this training, Dr. Buckles will help participants understand how they may open their virtual doors to people with ID. General concepts behind the term intellectual disability will be explained while also briefly discussing the sometimes-ugly history of ‘treatment’ practices performed on this population. Specific attention is given to how current literature suggests that counseling provided through telehealth may be particularly helpful for people with ID.Specific tips for adjusting assessment and counseling methods are addressed in detail.

Registration for "Telehealth for Clients with Intellectual Disabilities" can be made by one of two methods:

  • Enroll in the single live event
  • Enroll in the three-day Summit 2023 and receive access to this webinar and seven others and earn up to 16 CE credits
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Jason Buckles

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jason earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology at New York University in 1996. While there he worked on diagnostic projects at Bellevue Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He earned his Master’s in Counseling at The University of New Mexico in 2001 and PhD in Special Education at The University of New Mexico in 2016. His dissertation focused on the experiences of direct support professionals who support people with sexually challenging behavior. Since 2002 Jason has been owner of Talkabout Inc., a Behavior Consultation agency specializing in supports for people with intellectual disability and concurrent mental health diagnoses. From 2012 through 2016 Jason was the Statewide Clinical Director of the New Mexico Department of Health – Bureau of Behavioral Support overseeing statewide systems of behavioral support consultation. From 2016-2019 Jason was the Executive Director of A Better Way of Living, a CQL accredited agency that provides life-wide supports for people with intellectual disability. He is currently a contracting consultant with the New Mexico Department of Health where he supervises the sexual risk screening program, the ongoing development of behavior support systems, and provides statewide trainings on co-occurring mental health conditions for people with intellectual disability among other topics. For several years Jason has also served as the Program Manager for the Developmental Disability/Mental Illness project with the University of New Mexico. For most of the past 20 years he was a part time instructor at both The University of New Mexico teaching Introduction to Intellectual Disability and at New Mexico Highlands University teaching DSM Assessment for Counselors.

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