Working with Clients with IDD and Mental Health Concerns: An Introduction | 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.


Working with Clients with IDD and Mental Health Concerns will provide introductory information related to identifying and treating mental health issues that often occur in individuals who are neurodiverse (e.g., autistic, IDD). Lived perspectives from clients, parents, and providers will be presented along with foundational knowledge about working with this 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 9a-4p PT

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



Karís Casagrande, PhD

Image of Karís CasagrandeKarís 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.


Rachel Earl, PhD

Dr. Rachel EarlRachel Earl, PhD (she/her) is a clinical psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. She has served families with autism and co-occurring mental health concerns as director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center and now practices in the community at Child and Adolescent Psychological Services of Seattle. She is passionate about adapting evidence-based treatments to better serve neurodivergent children and teens and their families and is committed to providing neurodiversity-affirming care.





KJ Glaves, LMFT

Image of KJ GlavesKatie Jo Glaves is a Marriage and Family Therapist and art therapist who works with neurodiverse children and families. She is a child mental health specialist. She also teaches at Antioch University Seattle. Her clinical interests include neurodiversity, OCD, family therapy and anxiety.   




Meseret Haile

Image of Meseret HaileMeseret Haile is a mother of two boys from Bellevue, WA. Originally from Ethiopia, she has the experience of raising a child with special needs. Her oldest son's name is Leoul, a fifteen year old boy, who is diagnosed with Autism. Leoul currently lives in the residential school called Heartspring in Kansas. The youngest child's name is Amanuel, he is a very smart thirteen year old boy.  Meseret works for King County Metro and she is a member of the Seattle Children's Psychiatry Family Advisory Board.  Meseret has recently published a book in Amharic titled "I am a mother of Black man" which includes the true story of her struggles to access services for her special needs child and describes her experiences navigating the mental health system in Washington state. The book has many poems which describe the struggle she has had. The purpose of the book is to create awareness in Ethiopia communities and 100% of the book money is for donations to support families in her country Ethiopia! So far she has raised more than $51,000 dollars in Seattle and Atlanta, Georgia. 


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.



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, (she/her) 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) and the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISIT DBT), is focused on redesigning DBT to treat suicidality in autistic young adults.



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Starts: Feb 10, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Feb 10, 2023 4:00 pm
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