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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work Clinical Lecture Series

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April 9th , 2019, 12-2pm, Tuesday

UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 Directions and Parking

Continuing Education:
2 Hours (details)


**Current UNC-SSW students, staff, faculty, field instructors, and task supervisors**
Fee Waived

This presentation will explore the vulnerability for mental health disorders within individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how co-occurrence might affect different aspects of their life and/or increase their risk for other challenges? Barriers to diagnosis and treatment will be considered through a bio-psych-social lens. The most common mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, disruptive mood, depression, bipolar, psychosis) and behavior symptoms (e.g., irritability, behavior challenges, repetitive and restricted behaviors, self-injury, and suicidality) that overlap with IDD will be considered as well as how they present or are unique in individuals with IDD. Throughout this discussion we will touch on various differentiated non-pharmacological treatments for co-occurring mental health and behavior disorders within the context of IDD.

Dr. Mankowski, is a psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a faculty member at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD). After completing her doctorate in School Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she did a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Disabilities and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at UNC’s Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. Since 2008, Dr. Mankowski has been involved in patient care and clinical research for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities at the CIDD. Dr. Mankowski is the director of training for the North Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) grant sponsored by HRSA’s MCHB. Clinical duties include psychological or interdisciplinary evaluations, therapy, and consultation with individuals with or at risk for developmental disabilities. She is the psychologist for interdisciplinary Hearing and Development Team, specializing in children who are deaf and hard of hearing and for the Behavior Medicine Clinic, specializing in individuals with severe behavioral or psychiatric difficulties in the context of neurodevelopmental disability. Dr. Mankowski also provides neuropsychological consultation and diagnostic evaluations for The Whitaker Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Butner, North Carolina and The Wright School in Durham, North Carolina. Her teaching responsibilities include clinical training of psychology graduate students, interns, and fellows as well as the interdisciplinary LEND core-course, a 2- semester course titled Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan.

Learning Objectives:
• To understand the prevalence of, and vulnerability for, co-occurring mental health disorders in individuals with IDD
• To consider the challenges of dually diagnosing mental health disorders in individuals with IDD
• To gain knowledge of the symptoms and presentation of mental health disorders in individuals with IDD
• To briefly discuss non-pharmaceutical treatment for co-occurring mental health and behavior disorders within the context of IDD


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  • National Association for the Dually Diagnosed:
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