Have you ever had concerns about your child's mental wellness and want to have tools to help you identify potential concerns?
Join Barry Hamlilton, LMSW, QIDP, QMHP-CS, and DSACT to learn how to advocate for your loved one for mental health services, what tools you can use as a caregiver, and how to work with mental health professionals. You will also walk away from this presentation knowing red flags for mental health concerns and what to watch for if your loved one is prescribed medication.
Presentation objectives include learning:
- Historical context of mental health in the IDD population
- Core concepts of how an individual’s IDD diagnosis impacts access to mental health care: diagnostic overshadowing, cognitive reserve, and limited professional capacity
- Prevalence of mental health issues and key indicators for those with Down syndrome
- Understanding of how approaches to mental health care can be adapted for individuals with IDD
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About Barry Hamilton, LMSW, QIDP, QMHP-CS:
Barry Hamilton began his professional career supporting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) more than 15 years ago as a volunteer with a small non-profit in Washington, Texas. During Barry’s career, he has worked as a direct support professional, case manager, crisis worker, and program director in a wide range of settings. Barry has provided professional consultation to families, licensed residential providers, direct support professionals, state institutions, and community based interdisciplinary teams.
Barry received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University at College Station, and his Masters in the Science of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Barry has received specialized training and is recognized as having expertise in the behavioral health needs of individuals with IDD. Lastly, Barry has presented on a variety of topics at national and local professional conferences, supporting a movement toward mental health wellness for those with IDD. In his free time, Barry enjoys making home brewed beer, cooking, and visiting Texas State Parks with his wife and twin boys.