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Bringing together those suffering with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or any other mental health struggle!

Intellectual Disability and Mental Health

A Training Manual in Dual Diagnosis

Based on decades of experience treating individuals who live with both intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders, this handbook clarifies the extremely complex nature of working with dual diagnosis. In-depth information about the diagnostic process, hands-on treatment considerations, and the elements of proper staff training are featured, and complicating factors in identifying appropriate psychiatric diagnoses are addressed. Exploring the problematic underreporting of psychiatric symptoms and disorders, this guide is ideal for a variety of contexts, offering innovative approaches to treatment and intervention strategies that can be immediately implemented. Additional topics covered include medical contributors to psychiatric conditions, positive behavioral supports, and transitional planning.

Psychiatric and Behavioural Disorders in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Entirely revised and updated, this edition of a very well-received and successful book provides the essentials for all those involved in the fields of intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities and mental retardation, drawing both on clinical experience and the latest research findings. An international, multidisciplinary team of experts cover the available literature in full and bring together the most relevant and useful information on mental health and behavioural problems of people with intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities and mental retardation. In addition, this book highlights the principles behind clinical practice for assessment, management and services. It offers hands-on, practical advice for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, managers and service providers.

Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual / Developmental Disability

A Resource for Trainers

Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers is a landmark contribution to the field of support for persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Health concerns. This book can be used by a myriad of different professionals and care providers for a variety of different purposes. It may be used: (a) to train others for professional development (train-the-trainer model), (b) as a resource guide for individual study, or (c) as a reference guide. Proper support of mental wellness among persons with IDD requires a significant body of information and knowledge, and the authors of this book are happy to offer it as a means for educating professionals and care providers.

Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A Framework for Professional Practice

Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at high risk of co-morbid emotional, behavioural, and psychiatric problems that may further reduce their functional abilities. For the clinicians who support them and their families, meeting the needs of children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health problems is challenging. In this book, clinicians who work with young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health problems will find a comprehensive framework for how their complex needs might best be addressed. Relevant biological, developmental, family, educational, social, and cultural factors are integrated. The evolution of developmental sequence is seen as vital to understanding the mental health problems of young people with disabilities. This view informs multi-dimensional assessment of behaviour, and addresses conceptual confusion in defining behaviour problems, developmental disorders, mental disorders, and serious mental illnesses. Evidence-based interventions to promote skill development and mental health in young people with disabilities are described. A model for how interdisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration and co-ordination might be facilitated is outlined. Parents’ perspectives are also presented. Fundamentally, though, this is a book by clinicians, for clinicians. All clinicians and other professionals who work to improve mental health outcomes and quality of life more generally for young people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities - paediatricians, child psychiatrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, behaviour clinicians, counsellors, teachers, agency managers, among others – will find the book invaluable.

Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities and the Aging Process

This book is the third in a series with the InternationalAssociation for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities(Series Editor: Matthew P. Janicki). These publications aredesigned to address the issues of health, adult development andaging among persons with intellectual disabilities. For many years it has been recognized that some adults withintellectual disabilities are at elevated risk for mental andbehavioral health problems. Often the aging process can complicatethe identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of thistype of dual diagnosis and present complex challenges to cliniciansand carers. This book is designed as a practical resource for thoseinvolved with the support, care and treatment of persons withintellectual disabilities, and should prove particularly useful asthis community achieves increased longevity. The book is dividedinto three parts: Prevalence and Characteristics; Diagnosis andTreatment; and Service System Issues.

Behavioral Health Promotion and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This book discusses the latest evidence-based practices and how they can be implemented to address health problems in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It offers various intervention and prevention strategies for treating commonly encountered issues in patients with IDD, such as eating and sleeping disorders, repetitive self-harming behaviors, and personal hygiene problems. Primary strategies include encouraging healthful habits, reducing noncompliance and risk-taking behaviors, and direct intervention to promote optimum functioning while reducing discomfort, frustration, and adverse behaviors. In addition, contributors describe training and consultation models to enable readers to work more effectively with practitioners, clinicians, and parents as well as with the patients themselves. Topics featured in this book include: Compliance with medical routines. Increasing and maintaining exercise and other physical activities. Assistive technologies in severe and multiple disabilities. Substance use and health-related issues. Consultation with medical and healthcare providers. Parent training and support. Behavioral Health Promotion and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a valuable resource for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students in clinical psychology, behavioral therapy/rehabilitation, social work, public health, and other interrelated fields.

Intellectual Disability

A Guide for Families and Professionals

Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States--one percent of the population--have an intellectual disability (previously referred to as mental retardation). These conditions range from genetic disorders such as Down syndrome to disabilities caused by infectious diseases and brain injury. Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Families and Professionals, by one of the country's foremost authorities on intellectual disability, is a comprehensive resource that will be of importance to anyone with a personal connection to a child or adult with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Emphasizing the humanity of persons with intellectual and related developmental disabilities, psychiatrist and pediatrician James Harris provides essential information on assessment and diagnosis of intellectual disability, treatments for specific disorders, and ways to take advantage of the wide array of services available today. The focus throughout is on the development of the person, the positive supports necessary for self-determination, and, to the extent possible, independent decision making. Harris also surveys historical attitudes toward intellectual disability, the medical community's current understanding of its causes and frequency, and the associated physical, behavioral, and psychiatric conditions (such as seizure disorder, depression, and autism) that often accompany particular types of intellectual disability. The book addresses legal, medical, mental health, and research-related issues as well as matters of spirituality, highlighting the ways in which individuals with intellectual disability can meaningfully participate in the spiritual lives of their families and their communities. Each chapter ends with a series of key points to remember, and the book concludes with a list of additional resources of further interest. Intellectual Disability is a must-read for parents and families of those with neurodevelopmental disorders, providing guidance and essential information to help their family members effectively, and to make a significant, positive difference in their lives now and in the future.

Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This book provides easy-to-access, reliable, up-to-date information on the numerous advances in research, assessment, treatment, and service delivery for clinicians, academics, administrators and other mental health professionals. It examines issues surrounding intellectual and developmental disabilities in a real-world sociopolitical framework. In addition, the book summarizes the major domains and emerging subspecialties of this vast area into one useful reference and so offers a wide range of assessment and diagnostic tools and tactics, including cognitive and adaptive behavior assessments.

Health Promotion For People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

This book offers a wide range of health and social care professionals, the knowledge and strategies to address key issues, enabling and empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to enjoy healthier lives.

Core Curriculum for Specializing in Intellectual and Developmental Disability

A Resource for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

Written by nationally known leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, Core Curriculum contains easy-to-read, comprehensive information on health concerns for persons of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Designed for classroom use and self-study, the text is presented in a straightforward outline format, with extensive resources and references throughout. The authors address the most important health issues affecting this population, and the subsequent management of these issues.

A Comprehensive Guide to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Learning objectives, instructive case stories, stimulating questions for reflection, and key Internet resources help make this a user-friendly textbook - one that students will refer to for years to come. With this thorough compendium of information, insights, and answers, future educators, social workers, researchers, and clinicians will know what to doand how to do it once they start their work with people with disabilities. the editors and the majority of the contributors are the top Canadian specialists in the disability field. Ivan Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Manager, Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Faculty of Social Work, at Unversity of Toronto; his co-editor, Maire Percy, Ph.D., isDirector, Neurogenetics Lab and Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Ob/Gyn, at Unversity of Toronto.

The Wiley Handbook on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Research, Training, and Practice

The essential resource to the most recent research and practice on offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities The Wiley Handbook on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a comprehensive compendium to the research and evidence supporting clinical work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who offend or are at risk of offending. With contributions from an international panel of experts, the text reviews the most recent developments in the assessment, treatment and management of various types of offenders with intellectual disabilities including violent offenders, sexual offenders and firesetters. The text also explores the developments in research on risk assessment and management of people with intellectual disabilities who offend or are at risk of offending. In addition, the handbook also contains information on developments in research into the epidemiology of offending in this population, pathways into services and the trajectories of the criminal careers of those who will later go on to offend. This important resource: Includes contributions from expert international researchers and practitioners in the field Describes a range of theoretical, conceptual and ethical assessments as well as treatment and service development issues that are relevant practitioners in clinical practice Presents the ethical-legal considerations that offer a conceptual framework for the handbook Sets out a variety of the most current evidence-based interventions Written for psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and other mental health professionals, and those in education and training, The Wiley Handbook on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities offers a much-needed resource on the latest developments in the field.

Mental Health Counselors

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Exercise Mental Health

Hidden Disabilities

Disability Justice Network of Ontario

Works with community members locally in Hamilton, Ontario and across the province to ensure that people with disabilities are free to be.

The aim is to build a just and accessible Ontario, wherein people with disabilities:
* Have personal and political agency
* Can thrive and foster community
* Build the power, capacity, and skills needed to hold people, communities, and institutions responsible for the spaces they create

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)

A community-based mental health service that works with other organizations to form a coordinated network of services to meet the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Services include assessment, treatment recommendations, and education and support to patients and caregivers.

Bethesda - Twin Lakes Clinical Services - Hamilton Mountain East

A regional program, that offers specialized clinical services, including psychiatry, psychology, social work services and speech and language services, to adults with a developmental disability

The second location in Thorold is at:
3280 Schmon Pkwy, Unit 10, Thorold, ON L2V 4Y6

Central West Specialized Developmental Services - Developmental Services - Oakville - Main Office

Providing specialized residential services, care and support to individuals over 18 years of age with developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors and mental health issues * residential services are located in a central administration and recreation building in downtown Oakville * operates eight homes in the communities of Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Halton Hills and Georgetown * elected volunteer board of directors is responsible for the governance of the organization


Services for individuals with multiple developmental disabilities with a focus on complex needs
  • individuals are served by a multidisciplinary team consisting of direct care counsellors and other professionals including physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, nutritionist, nurses, physician and psychiatrist
  • ongoing assessment, treatment and management
  • opportunities for basic life skill development, workshop activities and for some supported employment
  • a ten bed activity-based respite program for children and adults with complex needs
  • managing Halton Support Services

Dual Diagnosis Service
  • provides consultation, comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, interpretation, on site support and follow up, mentoring and education/training

Short Term Assessment and Treatment Environment (STATE)
  • for those with a dual diagnosis - assesses the individual and develops a treatment plan that will assist in integrating the individual back into their community

Central West Region Passport Initiative
  • administers program for adults with a developmental disability who have completed school and are seeking community participation supports

Central West Community Network of Specialized Care
  • working with community partners to develop, coordinate and streamline access to resources


Services and Programs:
  • Halton Support Services
  • Halton Wraparound and Seniors Wraparound
  • Respite Services

Contact Hamilton for Children's and Developmental Services - Children's Services

Helps children, youth and their guardians find services for children and youth presenting with social, emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and/or developmental concerns.
*Information about available services
*Central intake and referral
*Coordination of services
*Planning for the children's and developmental services systems

Canadian Mental Health Association - Baldwin Housing and Community Support Program, 206 / 208 Hess St - 206 / 208 Hess St

Provides a cooperative living environment for individuals, with serious mental illness, requiring minimal supports. Community Support Workers provide residents with flexible and individualized supports to promote and maintain independence and quality of life. Board and living expenses are shared equally among residents.

Central West Specialized Developmental Services - Respite Services - Oakville - Main Office

A community service for Halton residents with developmental disabilities

  • respite program operates on-site in a separate house and serves individuals with multiple needs from over the age of five
  • provides non-emergency respite for families and caregivers for the weekend, or up to a week at a time
  • provide relief both in and out of the home
  • Host agency for respiteservices.com in Halton

Canadian Mental Health Association - Baldwin Housing and Community Support Program, Hamilton Central - Baldwin House - Hamilton Central - Baldwin House

Promotes independence in living and self-determination in decision making for individuals with serious mental illness within geared-to-income, cooperative living environment.

McMaster Children's Hospital - Autism Spectrum Disorder Service - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4

Provides assessment, treatment and consultation services for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Training and support to families and professionals living and working with this population is also provided. The overall goal of the service is to maximize the potential for the person with ASD and enhance his or her ability to live and participate in the community.


Community Living Hamilton - Alternate Care Program

Offers respite to families with a child with developmental disabilities, on planned or regular basis. Child says in another family's home in a short-term arrangement. Alternate care providers meet the needs of child utilizing plans of care model.

McMaster Children's Hospital - Children's Developmental Rehabilitation Programme - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4

Provides assessment, treatment, and consultation services for children with congenital or acquired neurological, developmental and/or multiple disabilities. Services may be provided in several locations and offers assessment, treatment, and consultation services through a variety of service delivery models with interdisciplinary teams.

Camelot Centre - Adult Day Program - Shoreacres Bible Chapel

Structured program, staff and volunteers are committed to responding to the individual needs and interests of clients:
* individuals choose the number of days per week that they attend, dependent on availability
* offers programming in life skills and social development
* cooking
* physical recreation programming
* art and movement therapy