Effective Strategies to Support your clients
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Stephanie Fisher
Jun 18, 2021

12:00 pm
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Join Assistant Director of Clinical Services Stephanie Fisher on Friday, June 18, for this 2-credit hour CE course.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are experiencing increased inclusion in our community: a really wonderful outcome since deinstitutionalization. These freedoms in the community have included access to alcohol and illicit substances, matched with discomfort talking about this and lack of representation in clinical research. This means that clients with disabilities are more likely to have a substance use disorder that is misdiagnosed, and less likely to receive treatment.

Have you had a client on your caseload diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, or Processing Disorder and wondered how to assess for substance use disorders? Do you wish you learned more about people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities to better support clients seeking treatment? Do you ever wonder how to adapt your clinical skills and interventions to support clients with disabilities? People with intellectual and developmental disabilities contribute to our society, yet they are not a part of our therapeutic communities, marking a resource unavailable to them.

This continuing education program will focus on the overlap of intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use. This course debunks the myth that people with disabilities are not part of this community nor can they participate in treatment. This program will provide you with evidence-based training to adapt your clinical skills to include clients with disabilities in your practice. You will gain a better understanding of how to assess substance use disorders to include behavioral phenotypes that impact diagnostic overshadowing and differential diagnosis. Participants will learn how to conduct person-centered therapy with adaptations for their clients and how to improve the therapy outcome.

About the Instructor

Stephanie Fisher, MS LMHC CASAC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor). She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 10 years and in the field of addictions since 2011. Stephanie has conducted research on gambling addiction and scaffolding personal identities during her graduate work at SUNY Albany. Stephanie provides trainings and presentations on issues relating to trauma informed approaches, sexuality and disabilities, genetic disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other clinical interventions for working with intellectual disabilities and mental health in the community. Stephanie sits on committees supporting disability inclusion, protecting human rights, and policy and administration in addition to her administrative and clinical work. Stephanie works closely with her therapy dog, Dogtor Benjamin, who is a great support to the clients served in the community.