Intervention Focus: Emotion Identification and Relaxation Skills | 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.


Individuals with IDD often demonstrate their emotions in ways that may not be immediately recognizable to therapists who are accustomed to working with neurotypical people. Supporting children and teens in recognizing their emotions using sensory signals and ratings of emotion intensity helps support development of effective coping skills. This training will teach participants about how to guide and support emotion identification and relaxation skills with children and teens with IDD.

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



Karís Casagrande, PhD

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Karís Casagrande (she/her), PhD, is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow with the University of Washington Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Clinically, she specializes in neurodevelopmental assessment, parent coaching models of intervention focused on behavior and social communication, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences.  She is also engaged in community outreach and capacity-building research and programming to improve access to and quality of care for individuals with autism and their families in their home communities. Previously, she has worked with community organizations such as museums, theaters, and hotels to increase accessibility for individuals with sensory and developmental differences.



Ally Mohr

Image of Ally MohrAlly Mohr (she/her) is the Lead Occupational Therapist at Seattle Therapy Network. She has pediatric experience working in home-based and clinic-based settings throughout the Chicago and Seattle areas. Ally is passionate about partnering with families and supporting them throughout the therapy process to help them understand their child’s strengths and identity. Recently, she has collaborated with local schools and daycares to provide classroom screenings and consultations in order to expand services and supports for neurodivergent children. 





Min Lin

Image of Min LinMin Lin is an immigrant parent to two brilliant and multiply neurodivergent children. Min uses her experiences in crisis management and scientific research to navigate the mental health systems in the greater Seattle area. Min has a special interest in sharing and gathering neurodivergent survival stories. As a late diagnosed neurodivergent person herself, Min enjoys experimenting with the balance between respecting the neurotypical infrastructures and staying true to the neurotypical self.






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 4, 2022 11:00 am
Ends: Nov 4, 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
November 4, 2022
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