Victims with Disabilities Training Series

Identification of persons with Developmental disabilities who have been victims of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse.

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This training will focus on working across disciplines to provide support to victims with disabilities. The presenter will discuss working with law enforcement, finding appropriate levels of counseling, and identifying appropriate referrals. Persons with developmental disabilities are abused at a higher rate than the general population, and are often re-victimized by systems which do not recognize their need for counseling or ability to benefit from intervention. Persons attending the training will learn some of the specific issues leading to the higher rates of abuse for persons with epilepsy and cerebral palsy, as well as developing appropriate treatment plans. The importance of coordinating with mental health organizations and regional centers will be discussed. Specific issues with supporting this group of persons when they need to testify in court will be addressed as well.

This workshop is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals from the following disciplines: mental health, social services, non-profit, community-based organizations, and non-profit, county/government advocates who provide crisis treatment and/or mental health services to persons with developmental disabilities.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • recognize children who may have intellectual disability disorder or autism spectrum disorder
  • develop skills around how to question and support the therapeutic interventions needed for persons with disabilities
  • discuss specific counseling goals that those populations benefit from having as part of their treatment plan.
  • discuss the use of psychotropic medications within the treatment plan
  • explain the importance of collaborating with mental health organizations to best support the victim
Presenter: Dr. Steve Graff

Dr. Steven Graff received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1988. Prior to graduation, he served two years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as a Psychologist in their APA approved internship program. He was accepted into a postgraduate Fellowship in Professional Psychology with the Institute of Clinical Training and Research of the Devereux Foundation in 1988, working with children and adults who were severely mentally ill co-morbidly with having a developmental disability. Dr. Graff worked with the Devereux Foundation as the Chief Psychologist at the Santa Barbara Center until 1995. He had a private practice consulting with group homes for the developmentally disabled, and in 1996 took a position as a staff psychology with Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC). In 2009 he became the Director of Clinical Services at TCRC.

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Santa Rosa, CA - November 16, 2017