START National Online Training Series

The START National Online Training Series is designed to build capacity of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Health (MH) professionals through innovative, evidence-based virtual training. The series is available through the START Network, University Centers for Excellence and their community partners. Pre-recorded trainings from this series are released monthly (3rd Friday of each month) from September to April. Pre-recorded trainings are typically 60-70 minutes in length. CSS often offers additional Special Presentations to the START Network as part of the subscription to the Training Series. 

Each monthly pre-recorded training includes:

  • Review Guide with discussion prompts and multiple-choice questions to check understanding of the training material. Presenters also offer additional resources (websites, handouts, research article citations) that can be used to further explore the presentation topic, also available on the START website.

  • Invitation to a one-hour LIVE Zoom group discussion: Group discussions are facilitated by a Center for START Services national team member and are held on the release date of the presentation, beginning at 1:30pm eastern (10:30 PST). Participants are invited to engage in discussion about application of the training information with strategies for applying the training material into daily practice and offers a forum to ask questions of the CSS facilitator and group discussion.

  • Each training is evaluated through an online form that is provided immediately following the training. Completion of the evaluation is required to earn CEUs.

  • University of New Hampshire CEUs (free of cost): Each pre-recorded presentation is eligible for 1 contact hour/0.1 UNH CEU per training & an additional 1 contact hour/0.1 UNH CEU for the Zoom group discussion


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2019-2020 START National Training Series on Mental Health and IDD

The START National Online Training Series airs on the following dates at 12:00pm noon EST. Participants are emailed a link to each training and technical assistance is provided by the Center for START Services when needed.

September 20
Grief & Bereavement in Individuals with IDD
Katy Stratigos, MD, NY START Region 4 Triborough Medical Director

October 18
START Research: 2019 START National Training Institute Poster Session Winners
NY START Region 4 Triborough: Caroline Schau, Emily Weinrebe, Katy Stratigos; NY START Region 4 Richmond Kings: Sharon Cyrus-Savary, Corey Fisk, Alexa Eugene; NH START: Val Tetreault, Samantha Field, Justin Smith, Sara Greenstein

November 15
Guidelines for Psychotropic Medication Treatment & Polypharmacy: Why Don’t We Practice What We Preach?
Lauren Charlot, PhD, Developmental Psychologist

January 17
Supporting Purpose and Meaning in the Lives of Individuals with MH/IDD
Michael Smull, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices and Support Development Associates.
Discussants: Dr. Jill Hinton, Center for START Services Clinical Director, and Dr. Dan Tomasulo, Core Faculty, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Columbia University Teachers College

February 21
Topic: PERMA: The Family Perspective with an introduction by Alyce Benson, LCSW, CSS Project Facilitator

March 20
Trauma’s Impact on Cognitive & Emotional Development in Individuals with IDD
Stefanie Griffin, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, NH START & CSS expert consultant, and Sherm Fox, MD, Psychopharmacologist, NH START & CSS Consulting Psychiatrist

April 17
Exploring the Overlap of Autism, Sexuality, & Gender-Identity Difference
Dan Shapiro, MD, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Consultant