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Intervening with Youth with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Who have Experienced Trauma



This training was presented on
August 22, 2023

2:00 – 4:00 P.M. PDT




This training will focus on individual and systems-level interventions for youth where Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) are present at the same time as a history of traumatic stress. Specific techniques will be discussed, including Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) as it is currently the model with the most research scrutiny for this population. Different types of traumatic stress (e.g., PTSD vs. Developmental Trauma Disorder) will be reviewed, as well as why these differentiations are especially important with youth where trauma and IDD are present together.


Learners will:

  • Be able to apply concrete skills for cases with trauma and IDD
  • Be able to differentiate between different traumatic stress presentations and how these relate to IDD
  • Understand how TF-CBT (as a good example of a therapy model for this population) applies to youth where trauma and IDD are present


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations



  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.





Dr. Michael Gomez has been a Clinical Instructor at Bradley Hospital, Lifespan Institute, a teaching hospital for the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He was previously director of the Adversity and Resilience Community Center (ARCC), a child trauma behavioral health clinic in Texas where he was also Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University Psychological Sciences; the Texas Tech University College of Education; and the TTUHSC School of Nursing. He was previously faculty at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect/Child Study Center Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Oklahoma University Health and Sciences Center.

Dr. Gomez specializes in Trauma-Focused CBT, treatment of adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB), PCIT, TARGET, and assessment of autism spectrum disorders. He is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT Trainers and a Nationally Certified CE-CERT Trainer, a model for addressing burnout and vicarious trauma in providers. He is a co-founder for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Trauma and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Workgroup.




Psychologist, TF-CBT National Trainer, CE-CERT

National Trainer, NCTSN Affiliate Member