Skills for Working with Clients Who Have Intellectual Disabilities

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: Maximilian Shafir, MSW, LCSW & Larry Wright Jr. MSW, LCSW

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Wednesday, June 7, 2023, via Zoom Interactive Webconference

Working with clients who have intellectual disabilities (IDD) can complicate treatment in several ways, requiring clinicians to develop different skills, approaches, and resources. This training provides an overview of the more common types of childhood IDD and the wrap-around supports, resources, and skills needed to coordinate care and foster the development of life skills. This training will provide tips on how to adapt ESFT and other forms of individual and family therapy to meet the needs of clients and families with IDD. Videos and case examples are used to demonstrate ideas and principles. Also, information is provided about how to find and access IDD resources.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain the common features, symptoms, and behaviors seen in youth with conditions impacting intellectual functioning.
  2. Identify methods, such as FBAs, for assessing needs by examining levels of functioning and impairment.
  3. Describe applications of family therapy, like ESFT, to meet the needs of clients with IDD and their families.
  4. Identify resources or services available for children and families with diagnosed IDD.


  • 8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1 & 2
  • 10:30am-10:40am: Break
  • 10:40am-12:35pm: Focus on Objectives 3 & 4

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.

About the Trainers

Maximilian Shafir is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years of experience in the field of mental health and intellectual disabilities. In addition to his clinical practice, Mr. Shafir serves in a variety of roles. He is a board-approved clinical supervisor for newly licensed social workers, has managed an intensive, in-home program, and provides clinical training. Mr. Shafir specializes in family therapy, trauma-informed treatment, and wrap-around care for at-risk youth, families, and those with co-occurring MH/IDD needs. He is the executive chair of the annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health and serves on the board of the NC Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, as well the oversight committee for the NASW’s continuing education program. He is the co-owner of Therapeutic Inc, Plan-it Therapy, and Therapy Cred.

Larry Wright Jr, LCSW, has ten years’ experience working in a variety of community-based settings treating neurotypical and neurodivergent children, adolescents, and adults. He currently serves as an Outpatient Therapist and Community Trainer with Horizon Integrated Wellness Group in North Carolina. His clinical work is trauma-informed and strength-based. Mr. Wright has experience and training with a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Expressive/Play Therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and Motivational Interviewing.

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