SUpport for the Developmentally Disabled Community
Weinstein & Associates' consultation to public and private facilities for the developmentally disabled population is another very important and successful component of our group practice. W&A began its work in the field of developmental disabilities, in 1977, with an OODD grant to Dr. Weinstein for behavior management and consultation to public and private facilities.
The most widely utilized service that we are called upon to provide is behavior management for self-injurious and overly aggressive behaviors. Although not limited to a dual diagnoses population, it is clear that this is one of the most pressing needs. However, there are a number of other areas of concern appropriate to the setting that often go unidentified and, therefore, unattended. In addition to the traditional programming, W&A offers extensive knowledge, experience, and depth in behavior theory and management for program development to provide services that are beneficial to the facility staff and clients. These services include:
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- Reduction of Aggressive Behavior
- Supportive Therapy
- Behavior modification
- Cognitive stimulation to promote attending and awareness to environment
- Grief management to deal with issues of death and dying
- Management of sexual feelings
- Dementia assessment for older residents with interventions for promoting fuller functioning
- Stress reduction for staff
The role of the vocational guidance center psychology consultant at a residential IHP meeting and in the integration of the IHP at the workshop setting is an integral part in attaining and maintaining continuity of care. The role of the psychology consultant at this level is to help network the different staffs of caregivers, thus maximizing the utilization of all available resources and emphasizing generalization of program goals.
Continuing education and in-service programs are an important element of the services provided to staffs of facilities under contract to the practice. In addition, it is often necessary and appropriate to programming for residents/clients of a facility to receive counseling, either individual or group, or in some instances, both. Such therapy sessions focus on facilitating a client's adjustment to his/her life situation with the goal of encouraging adaptive functioning and coping.
By working together with the psychology consultant(s), a facility and its staff can ultimately improve the quality of service to its clients, leading to a higher level of functioning, both for the facility and for the individuals served. There is a myriad of roles and services provided by a psychology consultant(s), such as psychological evaluations, annuals, and full reviews; involvement in the IHP; as a consultant to staff and direct therapy to the clients.
For more information regarding our Developmental Disability offerings, call 800.342.6111 or contact us.