Upcoming Events

Grief and Loss for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Best Practices across the Life Course

Monday, Jul. 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

$20 for UBSSW alumni, $25 for all others

Dr. Jacqueline McGinley, LMSW

Sarah Watson, (716) 645-1259 (sjwatson@buffalo.edu)

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Website and registration are at the above link.

This workshop will explore the unique issues faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and those who care for them as they experience grief and loss throughout the life course. People with IDD represent approximately 3% of the American population, and there is significant evidence to suggest that they are disproportionately vulnerable to complicated grief especially during significant life transitions. This training provides timely and essential information for all professionals working directly or indirectly with this population at all stages of life.

Content will focus on the demographic characteristics of people with IDD and their caregivers, including helping you to achieve a deeper understanding of their experiences throughout the life course. Sources of grief and loss at differential transition points will be explored, including but not limited to: bereavement in infancy and childhood (e.g. diagnosis), adolescence (e.g. bullying), early adulthood (e.g. “aging out”), middle adulthood (e.g. parental loss), and late adulthood and end-of-life (e.g. mortality). Throughout the workshop, you will be provided with tools and resources that can be immediately implemented into your daily practice, including evidence-based assessments, interdisciplinary interventions, and community-based resources that dovetail with the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities policies and services.