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Advance Care Planning for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD): Where Do We Go From Here?

About the Course

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are often forgotten when it comes to conversation, planning, and services in adulthood. COVID-19 provided a wakeup call for professionals, family caregivers, and broader caregiving networks to support individuals with IDD in planning for life for when their health changes and for their final days. This 3-hour training will provide a framework for understanding the multi-faceted nature of advance care planning, barriers to advance care planning, and reasons for advance care planning to support individuals with IDD. The number of older adults with IDD continues to increase; therefore, it is essential to carve out time to support individuals with IDD and their caregivers to plan for the future. This training will devote time to ethical practice and will discuss how to intentionally integrate ethical practice advocacy for advance care planning. This session will provide practical information to integrate advance care planning in work that is already being done to best meet the needs of adults with IDD throughout the life course.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Advance Care Planning for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD): Where Do We Go From Here? created by Christina Marsack-Topolewski in 2023.

Publication Date:

First Oct 2023

Course Material Author

Christina Marsack-Topolewski, Ph.D., LMSW, course creator

Dr. Christina Marsack-Topolewski is an associate professor of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Marsack-Topolewski received her PhD in Social Work with a dual title in Gerontology from Wayne State University. She has worked with individuals with various intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) predominantly in a school setting for over 15 years. Her research focuses on individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, their caregivers, advance care planning, the service delivery model, and service utilization. She has over 70 publications in national and international journals and encyclopedias, mainly focusing on individuals with IDDs, caregiving, as well as services and supports. In addition, she has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers who work with clients or families of clients who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Articulate what advance care planning entails and the dimensions of advance care planning.
  2. Describe the barriers to and reasons for advance care planning in individuals with IDD.
  3. Explain strategies to integrate advance care planning into the person-centered planning process.
  4. Discuss how to advocate for ethical practices and approaches to advance care planning for individuals with IDD.

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Course Number 103358
3 CE credit hours
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