Intervention Focus: Behavioral Activation | IDD Track, Mental Health Institute

NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.


This session is part of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) track of the Mental Health Institute.


Behavioral activation is an important component of cognitive behavioral therapy, especially in the treatment of depression. Increasing insight into the impact behaviors can have on emotions is a key tool clinicians can use in helping clients gain more control over their mental health. This training will provide participants with psychoeducation about depression, behavioral activation, and its application with the IDD population.

Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Session is 11a-1p PT

See more in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Track HERE



Dave Oneal, MS, LMHC, MHP

Image of Dave OnealDave has been working with individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities and their systems of support for the last 33 years. He is currently the Director of IDD Services at Sound Health serving King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, a Strong Minds Clinical Director with Special Olympics of WA, and a Project Facilitator and trainer for the National Center for START Services and he still learns something new every day.




Tariq Karmy-Jones

Image of Tariq Karmy-JonesTariq, age 24 is an autistic self-advocate who resides in Vancouver, Washington, with his parents and a menagerie of farm animals. Tariq is non-speaking and is able to communicate using assistive technology. Tariq graduated from high school in 2017 and went on to attend Clark College and receive a year’s worth of credit towards his Associates degree. Tariq serves as a HUB team member on the Autism Resource Navigation ECHO Project, providing valuable insight for the hundreds of participants from across Washington State. Tariq offers the world a rare glimpse into the mind of an autistic person, without intellectual impairment, who is non-speaking but is able to share his perspectives and lived experiences growing up autistic.  Tariq speaks eloquently about his involvement with therapies, public school, medications, meltdowns, struggles, skills, triumphs, and the complex emotions he’s experienced over the years.


Morgan Joe

Image of Morgan JoeTariq will be accompanied by his long-time support person and now close friend, Morgan, who Tariq refers to as his brother. Morgan started his position with Tariq to address struggles Tariq faced due to an often overwhelming world.  The two have moved beyond sensory overload and now the focus on supporting goals determined by Tariq which include life skills that allow Tariq as much independence as possible; routine, hygiene, chores, medical appointments, finances, exercise, recreation, community participation and many other aspects of life that accompany the responsibilities and joys of being an adult. Morgan and Tariq share a close bond made from years of hard work, respect, fun, and high expectations for one another. 




Molly Cevasco, PhD

Dr. Molly CevascoMolly Cevasco, PhD, BCBA, is a clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She works primarily within the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program at Seattle Children’s, providing therapeutic services in both the outpatient and intensive outpatient programs. Dr. Cevasco is leading the development of a Spanish-language DBT program at Seattle Children’s and works to reduce healthcare inequities and institutional racism. She also specializes in the treatment of trauma in children and teens with autism and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Cevasco also serves as faculty in the Master of Arts in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology program at the University of Washington.




Marie LoebMarie Loeb, LICSW, LMHC, CMHS, DMHS, (she/they) is an Autistic, queer, polyamorous Clinical Social Worker who is committed to serving their community through direct practice, training, and advocating for policy change. Marie is the owner of Holistic Child and Family Practice where she works with individuals and families, is a practicum instructor for the University of Washington School of Social Work, supervises clinicians in and out of the practice, and works to build community through no cost neurodiversity-affirming consult groups and trainings. Holistic Child and Family Practice has a staff that is exclusively neurodivergent, and within this environment Marie developed a new modality, Empathetic Inquiry, which is a strengths-based approach where the client is centered as the expert of their own experience and utilizes the natural hyperempathetic talents of neurodivergent providers.


Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Jim ManciniJim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities/autism and their families. He is currently the Director of the WA INCLUDE Collaborative, manages ECHO programs at the University of Washington and leads the Washington State Center of Excellence (COE) training program. He has special interest in diagnosis of autism and other developmental disabilities, building community through building relationships, parent and provider education and health equity for underserved communities. Jim loves gardening, backpacking and other outdoor adventures, music and spending time with his family.


Alana McVey, PhD

Dr. Alana McVey

Alana McVey, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar jointly appointed at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Autism Center. Clinically, she provides evidence-based treatment of mental health concerns to autistic children, adolescents, and adults through the Autism Center's Mood and Anxiety Program. Dr. McVey's program of research centers on the redesign and implementation of evidence-based mental health treatments for autistic people in community settings. Her current project, funded by the Autism Intervention Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), is focused on redesigning Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat suicidality in autistic young adults.




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Starts: Nov 18, 2022 11:00 am
Ends: Nov 18, 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
November 18, 2022
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