Trainee Workbook for Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability is the companion tool to be used alongside Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers. Together, the books empower support professionals, social workers, clinicians, counselors, and other professionals to provide high-quality, person-centered care to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health concerns. This updated, expanded Second Edition breaks down complex issues including assessment practices, positive support strategies, crisis prevention, adaptive therapy, trauma-informed support, justice system considerations, collaboration across systems, and more. The workbook includes all the slides used in the training, as well as pre- and post-tests and supplemental material so professionals can deepen their knowledge and expand their expertise.
About the Authors:
Dr. Rob Fletcher is the founder and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of NADD. He has dedicated his professional career to improving the lives of individuals who have a dual diagnosis of mental illness (MI) and an intellectual disability (ID). Dr. Fletcher has authored articles, book chapters, and books in areas concerning clinical, programmatic, policy, and research in the field of dual diagnosis. He is the Chief Editor of both the textbook and clinical guide of the Diagnostic Manual – Intellectual Disabilities (DM-ID and DM-ID-2).
Juanita St. Croix’s home province is Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. She credits the culture and spirit of community there with shaping her goals and her approach to working with people. Ms. St. Croix attended Western University in London, Ontario, where she stayed once her studies were complete. She has worked in human services for more than 30 years, primarily in developmental services with organizations providing services and supports for people with a dual diagnosis. Ms. St. Croix has been an active member of NADD since 2012 and has had her NADD-CC designation since 2019.
Dr. Dan Baker is with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where he serves as the Positive Supports Compliance Specialist with Quality Assurance and Disability Compliance Services. Dr. Baker also provides clinical supervision for the Successful Life Project. Dr. Baker’s clinical focus is on positive behavior support, models of community and educational support, transition services, and mental health services for persons with disabilities.
Melissa Cheplic is a Senior Training and Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Medical School – New Jersey’s University Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities. Melissa develops and delivers training and technical assistance to community provider and state agencies, building capacity in behavior and mental health and identifying strategies to coordinate behavior intervention with clinical supports for individuals with dual diagnosis. Melissa holds a master’s degree from the Rutgers School of Public Health.
Jeanne M. Farr, Chief Executive Officer of NADD, has served in nonprofit executive leadership positions for more than 30 years. Jeanne serves on a variety of advisory committees and nonprofit boards. She is Chair of the Board of the National Alliance for Direct Care Professionals and Chair of the Board of Ripple Effect Images. She serves on the advisory boards for the School of International Studies at University of the Pacific and the National Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Training Center. She is also a member of The Arc’s Center for Future Planning Advisory Council.