Clinical Skill-Building Series

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Track


Clinical Skill-Building Series for Working with Clients with IDD and Mental Health Concerns is a once weekly 8-week course on Fridays, 11 am- 1 pm from April 5 – May 24, 2024 that will be offered to participants of the one-day workshop who are seeking additional clinical training and skill-building for direct care with this population. Sessions will open with a lived perspective from clients and parents, followed by didactic by community provider and related case presentation for participant discussion and skill practice. This is an opportunity to dive into specific clinical topics in greater detail and utilize an in-vivo learning community to expand understanding of and tools for supporting clients with I/DD.

NOTE: Attendance of “Introduction to Working with Clients with IDD and Mental Health Concerns” training (on Feb 10th, 2023 or March 22nd, 2024) is required to participate in the Clinical Skill-Building Series.

Training Schedule

Date and Time

Session Topics


Learning Objectives

Friday, April 5th


Ethical considerations and respecting autonomy when working with clients with IDD

Katie Jo Glaves, LMFT and Sage Davis, BA

  • Clinicians will be able to name common ethical dilemmas that occur when treating I/DD populations
  • Clinicians will be able to articulate how to use ethical principles and codes of ethics to resolve ethical dilemmas related to treating I/DD populations

Friday, April 12th


Assessment and Case Conceptualization for Clients with IDD

Karís Casagrande, PhD

  • Clinicians will be able to outline the steps to ethical assessment and case conceptualization
  • Clinicians will be able to identify 3 key skills for case conceptualization

Friday, April 19th


Relationships, Community, and Family therapy

Katie Jo Glaves, LMFT and Anthony Pennett

  • Clinicians will identify how family systems are impacted and impact clients with I/DD

  • Clinicians will learn 1 evidence based methods of addressing the needs of I/DD clients and their families

Friday, April 26th


Addressing and treating anxiety

Rachel Earl, PhD

  • Clinicians will articulate unique ways I/DD clients might display anxiety
  • Clinicians will understand how to modify CBT and DBT skills to address anxiety in IDD population

Friday, May 3rd


Depression Treatment and Suicide Risk Assessment

Alana McVey, PhD

  • Clinicians will understand how suicidal ideation appears in I/DD populations

  • Clinicians will understand 3 modifications to safety planning that supports I/DD populations in staying safe

Friday, May 10th


Partnering with Speech and Occupational Therapy

Jim Mancini, CCC-SLP and Ally Mohr

  • Clinicians will understand the role of SLPs and OTs in treatment of I/DD clients

  • Clinicians will name three skills that SLPs and OTs can teach I/DD clients and when to refer to an SLP or OT

Friday, May 17th


Severe Behavior and Crisis Stabilization

David O’Neal

  • Clinicians will understand how severe behaviors/crisis may begin and continue in I/DD clients

  • Clinicians will understand options for crisis management and name three resources to help address crisis in IDD clients

Friday, May 24th


Medical Complexity Panel: Tying it all together

Gary Stobbe, David Camenisch, and Jim Mancini, CCC-SLP

  • Clinicians will name 3-5 common co-occurring medical conditions that impact I/DD clients’ mental health

  • Clinicians will learn ways to partner with neurology, genetics and psychiatry to support I/DD clients and their families.

Core Trainers

Rachel Earl, PhD

Rachel Earl (she/her), PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. She has served families with autism and co-occurring mental health concerns as director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center and now practices in the community at Child and Adolescent Psychological Services of Seattle. She is passionate about adapting evidence-based treatments to better serve neurodivergent children and teens and their families and is committed to providing neurodiversity-affirming care.

Jim Mancini

Jim Mancini, CCC-SLP

Jim Mancini, co-founder of Welcome Inclusion (WIN), is a speech-language pathologist and directs education, training and outreach programs at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. He has worked in the field of autism spectrum disorders for over 15 years including four years in Baltimore, MD, at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a research speech language pathologist and periods of time at the UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic. Jim teaches several classes including classes for parents recently receiving the diagnosis of autism and curates the monthly Autism 200 lecture series at Seattle Children’s. Jim has a special interest in social justice activities and is engaged in increasing health equity for culturally and linguistically diverse families in King County.

Katie Jo (KJ) Glaves

Katie Jo Glaves (she/they), LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist and art therapist who works with neurodiverse children and families. She is a child mental health specialist. She also teaches at Antioch University Seattle. Her clinical interests include neurodiversity, OCD, family therapy and anxiety.

Karís Casagrande, PhD

Karís Casagrande (she/they), PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the community outreach program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center. She is also an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington and an alum of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Clinically, she specializes in neurodevelopmental assessment, parent coaching models of intervention focused on behavior and social communication, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences. She is also engaged in community outreach and capacity-building research and programming to improve access to and quality of care for individuals with autism and their families in their home communities. Previously, she has worked with community organizations such as museums, theaters, and hotels to increase accessibility and inclusion for individuals with sensory and developmental differences.

Sage Davis

Sage Davis (they/them) is an autistic self-advocate and a second-year graduate student at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. They received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science from the University of California, Irvine and have a background in crisis counseling, peer support, and power-based personal violence prevention.

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