Please register for Let’s Talk: “OUCH! How understanding pain can lead to gain when it comes to supporting those with developmental disabilities” on May 26, 2017 2:00 PM EDT at:
Pain is common for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For these individuals, it can also be difficult to effectively communicate their pain. As such, direct support professionals may find it challenging to know if a person they support is in pain and how to manage it. This webinar will focus on what pain is, and strategies that may be helpful when assessing or managing pain. Throughout the webinar, specific assessment tools and management strategies will be reviewed more in depth, with a focus on how to adapt and individualize these approaches where necessary.
Lara Genik is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis program at the University of Guelph. She has over six years of direct experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities in respite and clinical contexts. Lara’s research focuses on improving pain assessment and management knowledge and abilities of respite workers and others who care for children with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Meghan McMurtry is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Guelph, director of the Pediatric Pain, Health, and Communication Lab, and a Psychologist with the Pediatric Chronic Pain Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Her research and clinical interests in pediatric psychology focus on acute and chronic pain, medical procedure-related fear, as well as communication and family influences in these contexts.
After your registration is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.