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Dual-Diagnoses: Grief, Death, and Dying: Helping Those We Support in Navigating the Border Between Life and Death

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Dual-Diagnoses: Grief, Death, and Dying: Helping Those We Support in Navigating the Border Between Life and Death

March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Eastern Daylight Time

Dual-Diagnoses Webinar Series OverviewThe National Association for the Dually Diagnosed

One year ago, ANCOR and NADD partnered together to host a multi-part webinar series on dual diagnoses. The unprecedented attendance in the series made us realize there has been a hunger for these sessions, as agencies and staff seek out the most compassionate and effective approaches to support a person who is dually-diagnosed with I/DD and mental health needs.

This February 2018, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and NADD, an association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs, are proud to partner again to offer another multi-part webinar series, building on the feedback from last year’s series.

In February and March, we will host five webinars that will discuss: supporting individuals at risk of challenging sexual behaviors, trauma-informed care, role of the interdisciplinary team in mental health assessments, emotional regulation, and grief treatment.

Webinars are open to everyone, but ANCOR and NADD members can register at a significant discount. Multiply your savings by registering for the entire series and receive an additional 20% off!

Full series purchase entitles registrant to all webinar recordings and materials made available for each session.

Register for the Five-Part Series and Save 20%!

  • ANCOR & NADD member: $276*
  • Non-member: $516

Note: must purchase the entire series via the link below to take advantage of the additional 20% discount

*NADD members must obtain discount code from NADD

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Session Description

Along with increased life expectancy and greater opportunity for personal connections comes the increased probability that people with I/DD will experience the loss of loved ones. For the people we support this grief can be made more complicated by life experiences unique to the history of people with I/DD, characteristics of the support systems they rely on, and misguided perceptions regarding their capacities to feel and understand loss. This webinar will describe the concepts of loss, grief and bereavement in people with I/DD and efforts being made to support them as they navigate such losses as that of a close friend,  roommate, long-term staff person, parent or their own life. The need to pay attention to the grief response for DSPs will be discussed as well and we will explore practical strategies for assisting persons with IDD with healthy grieving. An actual example of a residential program that has developed a grief program and a grief team will be highlighted.


Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, is Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. Over the last decade, Margaret has conducted ongoing research and training related to the impact of aging, grief, and loss on people with developmental disabilities with a concentration on bioethical issues they encounter in healthcare provision and end-of-life treatment.

Tony Thomas, LISW-S, ACSW has been Executive Director of Welcome House Inc., a residential and community services agency serving 220 persons with IDD, in Cleveland, Ohio since 1999. Tony holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the Ohio State University, Master’s in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University, and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio with specific supervision designation (LISW-S).


  • ANCOR & NADD member: $69
  • Non-member: $129

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