Strategies for Providing Mental Health Interventions for the DD/MH Population

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Group (NCTSN):

  • Facts on Traumatic Stress and Children with Developmental Disabilities (PDF)
  • Adapting TF-CBT
    “- For over two decades [as of 2021], many children with trauma-related symptoms have been effectively treated with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). The model’s flexibility and applicability to children and families of varying cultures and types of trauma serve as major strengths.
    Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are an underserved and poorly understood group among mental health clinicians and those who treat traumatic stress. They face exposure to maltreatment, bullying, potentially traumatizing medical and restraint procedures, and other adverse childhood experiences at a rate conservatively estimated to be 2-3 times that of their non-disabled peers.”
  • Trainings – some are not cost, some (particularly those with CEs) have a fe

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD):


DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence’s trainings on serving those with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities – all courses are free after setting up a free account

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)’s Trauma and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Toolkit – create a free account if you don’t have one:


Westside Regional Center project resources funded by MHSA:

  • Evidence-Based Practices for Dual Diagnosis Project – of note:
    • 1. TF-CBT Training Curriculum
    • 3. Adapted TF-CBT Training Curriculum
    • 7. DBT for Special Populations Parent Training Curriculum
    • 8. DBT for Special Populations Clinician Training Curriculum
    • 9. Triple P Stepping Stones Training Curriculum
    • 9. Triple P for Parents of Children with a Disability


Trainings on the Web

  • San Diego Certificate of Excellence in the area of Dual Diagnosis (a developmental disability combined with a mental health disorder):
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) “The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma Toolkit” – information and download instructions


Last updated: 4/5/23