One of the key parts of the START method is trying to involve everyone who works with IDD clients—case managers, therapists, law enforcement, and everywhere in between. Training is the best way to learn about the START method and how it can improve the lives of dual diagnoses individuals.

Monthly Clinical Education Training (CET): The goal of the CET is to help service system providers learn how to best support people while improving the capacity of the system as a whole through information sharing, learning, and collaborating among team members. At these monthly CET events, we typically focus on one anonymous ArkSTART case and use that as a starting point for discussion. Everyone is welcome, regardless of the industry that they work in or their level of experience working with people that have IDD.

On Demand Trainings

The Arkansas START program is able to provide training to organizations in Arkansas on a wide variety of intellectual/developmental disability and mental health topics. Some trainings contain archived video components that will be played as part of the presentation by START Coordinators. Most of the time, these trainings can be organized at no cost to the requesting organizations. Please reach out to us at to discuss your interest in any of the following topics.

Introduction to START
• START Overview
• Role of the START Coordinator
Introduction to Positive Psychology
• Introduction to Positive Psychology

Introduction to MH Aspects of IDD

• Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Overview (DSM-5) – Hinton 2015
• Mental Health & Intellectual Disability: Challenges and Issues (DSM 5) – Caoili 2015
• Psychiatric Assessment of People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities part 1 – Charlot 2016
• Psychiatric Assessment of People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities part 2 – Charlot 2016
• PTSD: Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders – Hinton 2016
• OCD – Hinton 2016
• Anxiety – Charlot 2016
• Psychosis in People with IDD – Charlot 2016

• Depressive Disorders and Intellectual Disability (DSM 5) – Hurley 2015
• Bipolar and Related Disorders (DSM 5) – Hurley 2015
• Psychotic Disorders & IDD – Hurley 2012
• Mood Disorders: Depression and Bipolar Disorder – Hurley 2012
• Anxiety Disorders & IDD – Hurley 2012

Systemic Consultation
• Systemic Consultation
• Developing Ecomaps

Cross Systems Crisis Intervention Planning (CSCIP)
• Cross Systems Crisis Prevention & Intervention Planning

Outreach Trainings
• Overview of Typical Childhood Development, Karen Weigle, Ph.D.
• Health, Wellness, and Challenging Medical Conditions Among People with Developmental Disabilities, I. Leslie Rubin
• Understanding Challenging Behavior: The IEP and Educational Assessment Resources, Anne Desnoyers Hurley, Ph.D.
• Psychopharmacology and Children with IDD, Jarrett Barnhill, M.D.
• ASD in Childhood, Karen Weigle, Ph.D.
• Family-Professional Collaboration, Joan Beasley, Ph.D.
• Introduction to START Therapeutic Respite Programming, Joan Beasley, Ph.D.
• Therapeutic Recreation, Matthew Frye
• Psychopharmacology & IDD, Van Silka
• Psychopharmacology & IDD, Dianna Antonacci
• Conducting Emergency Evaluations, Dave O’Neal
• Evaluating Crisis in Individuals with IDD/DD, Dave O’Neal
• Positive Behavioral Supports, Karen Weigle

Positive Behavior Supports series – presented by Beth Bryant-Claxton, Ph.D.
• Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports
• Assessing Behavior
• Setting Events
• Data Collection
• Behavior Functions
• Prevention Strategies
• Prompting and Error Correction
• Individual Strategies
• Replacement Skills
• Consequence Strategies

“Services are most effective when every one involved in care and treatment actively participates in decision-making.”

Joan Beasley, Ph.D.

Co-founder and author of the START program

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