Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

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About This Program

Target Population: Child welfare case workers, case aides, life skills workers, and professionals from collateral agencies; foster parents may attend

Brief Description

This training is part of a more comprehensive training program that focuses on the intersection of intellectual disabilities and child protection issues. This one-day training focuses on assisting professionals in making reasonable accommodations for parents with intellectual disabilities. It emphasizes the learning style and needs of parents with limitations with executive functioning and offers teaching and intervention strategies. It recognizes that many goals that typical parents can achieve are overwhelming to parents with intellectual disabilities. Trainees practice how to teach sequential goal setting, tracking progress, identifying learning tasks, and other related teaching strategies.

Program Goals:

The goals of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities are:

  • Define and describe the term “intellectual disabilities”
  • State the American Disabilities Act (ADA) legal rationale to require service providers to accommodate the learning style and needs of parents with intellectual disabilities
  • Identify the strengths and needs of parents with intellectual disabilities
  • Set goals that are realistic, reasonable, and fair
  • Break goals down into action steps and learning tasks that allow parents to demonstrate reasonable progress
  • Utilize appropriate cognitive behavioral strategies to assist the parent in meeting their goals

Contact Information

Virginia Cruz, MSW, DSW
Agency/Affiliation: The Social Work Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver
Phone: (303) 556-5362

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2014

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2014