Providers & Educators

Providers & Educators

Dr. Levi-Shackleford offers a variety of workshops for providers and educators focused on understanding clients and students with disabilities and mental health diagnoses and their needs, interdisciplinary teamwork, and behavior management. Dr. Levi-Shackleford also specializes in providing training on supporting, teaching, and modifying resources for individuals with dual diagnoses (intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health disorders).

Below is a list of topics she has provided training on in the past and the list continues to grow. The training is delivered in a variety of formats to include in-persononline asynchronous (enroll and complete the material at your own pace **coming soon), or online synchronous (sign up for the training which is completed on a specific day and time). Additionally, the training can be offered as a one-time session (1-3 hours) or multiple sessions (longer, broken up into multiple segments). Dr. Levi-Shackleford also provides training for organizations and groups. If interested in having her present for your group, email her directly at ZLShackleford@CreativeApproachOnline.com. 

If you would like information about future workshops and courses for educators and providers, please fill out the contact form below. 

Provider/Educator Workshop Interest

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

This workshop explains what a dual diagnosis is and how mental health resources and supports need to be modified to make them appropriate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Understanding Behavior Modification & Management

This workshop provides a breakdown of the behavior modification process and shares how to incorporate the behavior data tracking system and strategies in your environment whether it is a classroom, therapy office, group home setting, or in the community. 

Self-Care for Educators & Providers 

Being a provider is a wonderful job, but it comes with a lot of stress and tension. It is important to know how to add self-care techniques into your schedule throughout your day so you can continue to provide high-quality care for your students and clients. This workshop shares a variety of strategies you can use that range in cost and time so you can be sure to have an option no matter where you are in your schedule. 

Working with Clients with an Intellectual Disability 

To work successfully with a person with an intellectual disability, it is best to modify your services in a manner most appropriate for their need. To do this, you need to understand what having an intellectual disability means and some common strategies to assist you when working with a person with this diagnosis. This discussion breaks down the intellectual disability diagnosis and how the common symptoms are exhibited in relation to receiving supports. 

Creating Sensory -Friendly Environments on a Shoestring 

Sensory-friendly environments are multi-beneficial to all. We hear about them and their benefits all the time but are often discouraged to create one because of the myth that they are expensive and time consuming to create. This workshop shares some tips and tricks to making sensory-friendly environments that are mobile and budget-friendly

How to Collaborate with an Interdisciplinary Team

As an educator or provider, you are most likely a part of a team of other professionals. Each has its own goals and areas of focus, and they work on them with the student/client throughout the year. This can create a lot of headaches regarding communication, teamwork, and prioritizing. This workshop helps you become a team leader on your interdisciplinary teams to make sure everyone is working on the same page and your student/client is receiving the best care and supports possible.

How to Get Caregivers and Teams on Board with Your Plan of Care

This workshop provides educators and providers with the proper tools and knowledge to ensure that their plan of care is being supported by other members of the interdisciplinary team.  Understanding that what a therapist, counselor, and other professionals accomplish in an hour can be completely undone in the other 167 hours during the week, this workshop will teach professionals ways to hold caregivers accountable and supported during the care planning process while also helping.   

Social Isolation

Many people with disabilities and/or a mental health diagnosis may become isolated due to physical, mental, and social constraints. This can lead to anxiety and depression which often leads to challenging behaviors and sometimes even suicide. This workshop will help providers identify risks and discuss solutions for social isolation prevention.

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