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Trauma-Informed Care for Individuals with Disabilities Training

The Trauma-Informed Care for Individuals with Disabilities one-day training is designed for mental health professionals.

This webinar will provide training on issues related to disability, as well as specific information on adapting interventions, so that mental health professionals can feel both competent and confident in their ability to support both individuals with and without disabilities in their journey to processing and coping with trauma.

Participants will learn the definition of disability from the ADA, clinical and functional perspectives. Participants will also learn about the “medical model” vs. the “social model” of disability. We will explore how the traditional “medical model” has impacted the way society views individuals with disabilites and ways these attitudes make it difficult to access appropriate trauma intervention. We will review trauma basics and discuss their application to individuals with disabilities. We will discuss the scope of the impact of trauma in the lives of individuals with disabilities, risk factors that contribute to high incidence, and the importance of recognizing the functional impact of trauma. The intersection of trauma- and disability-informed care will be explored using the SAMHSA six principles of trauma-informed care. Participants will learn about communication differences, as well as challenges in perspective taking (Theory of Mind) that can influence the mental health professional’s choice of intervention approach, especially in work with clients with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Finally, we will discuss specific tools and strategies that can be used in conjunction with evidence-based trauma interventions to support clients with disabilities in their trauma processing. 

Number of Attendees: 25 Max


This training is intended for mental health professionals, early-career through seasoned, who are interested in improving and enhancing their ability to serve clients with disabilities who have experienced trauma. This training will not include training on specific trauma interventions, but will discuss adaptations, as well as tools and strategies, for working with individuals with disabilities, especially those with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Upcoming Dates and Times

These trainings are currently free, thanks to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds from the Ohio Attorney General’s office, and are held online from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


This training is intended for mental health professionals. The AACs reserve the right to deny registration to anyone who is not a practicing mental health professional.