The following online professional development unit was developed by the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), at the University of New South Wales. It was originally offered as a face-to-face workshop, but in an attempt to provide a more accessible and enduring format an eight module self-paced course has been developed.
Intellectual Disability Mental Health e-Learning (idmh e-learning)
Eventually, the website will have separate sections for professionals, carers and consumers, but at present only the "professionals" section is up and running.
The target audience is professionals in intellectual disability or mental health, but anyone with an interest is welcome to complete the course.
Eight modules are offered:
1. Introduction to intellectual disability
2. Living with an intellectual disability
3. Intellectual disability - changing perspectives
4. Mental disorders in intellectual disability
5. Communication - the basics
6. Improving your communication
7. Assessment of mental disorders
8. Management of mental disorders
Each module begins with an outline of the content and an estimate of the time needed to complete (usually 15-45 minutes). The outline also covers the guiding principles of the module.
Modules are succinct, nicely displayed and have supporting video clips and linked external websites. Be sure to click on the "continue learning" or the "next" button to get the full content of a page, if you use the page numbers to navigate the full page won't open.
There opportunities to provide feedback at the end of each module.
Although not certified, they are currently working on a system where you will be able to print out a statement of completion at the end of each module.
You will need to register to access the content and participate, but registering is obligation free.
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