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The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma

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Developed in 2015 by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma is a training that provides an overview for providers on how to work with children and families who are living with intellectual and development disabilities who have experienced trauma. This Toolkit consists of a Facilitator Guide and a Participant Manual. Together, they are designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children with IDD who have had traumatic experiences, and how to use this knowledge to support children’s safety, well-being, happiness, and recovery through trauma-informed practice.

The Toolkit, in its entirety, is available for download from the Trauma & IDD Toolkit webpage on the NCTSN Learning Center. This page includes the PowerPoint files of the Slidekit; NCTSN videos (i.e., NCTSN PSA & an excerpt from The Promise); Pre-Training and Follow-Up Evaluations (PDF versions & links to online Qualtrics versions); and, all activity files (i.e., a Board Game).

In 2015, DePelchin opened its conference center for the Train-the-Trainer pilot to an eager group of professionals. In February 2016, we were excited to welcome the collaborative back for the "live" Train-the-Trainer, as well as a day for the community to learn more about helping children with IDD who have experienced trauma. We will continute to provide training opportunities for this toolkit on an ongoing basis.

Several DePelchin staff have become certified trainers for this toolkit and are available to answer questions. Please contact CEU@depelchin.org if you have any questions about the toolkit and/or where when our next training will be held.