Addictions and Concurrent Disorders - Motivational Interviewing in Developmental Services

This course is designed to empower caregivers working with individuals who have developmental disabilities and support them on their journey through substance use.

By the end of this course, you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of vulnerabilities specific to those with developmental disabilities and effective strategies for facilitating recovery, with an emphasis on empowering individuals to take control of their recovery journey.

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Recommended for healthcare professionals working with people who have dual diagnosis or developmental service needs. Includes but is not limited to: Registered nurses, allied health workers, behavioural and recreational therapists, and occupational therapists.

  • Identify the stage of change of a person who has a dependency towards substance use
  • Identify presentations of substance use and signs of withdrawal and overdose in a person
  • Integrate emotional validation, non-judgmental inquiry, compassion, and respect of autonomy when conversing with a person with substance use and developmental disability
  • Implement OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summary) as a motivational interviewing technique with a person who has a developmental disability
Learners will have access to a skills coach on Yellowdig for support during this course.