Learning Programs

Engaging Parents with Cognitive and Other Developmental Limitations

A Learning Program for NYC Child Welfare Professionals

About Engaging Parents with Cognitive and Other Developmental Limitations

This learning program will strengthen direct service workers’ understanding of cognitive and developmental limitations in adults and how to work with parents to meet their needs and ensure safety. Staff will learn about ways to support families through a strengths-based lens. Additionally, the program will provide information on the rights of parents with cognitive and other developmental disabilities.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for direct service staff and supervisors in child protection, prevention, and foster care.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Understand the rights of parents with intellectual disabilities.
  • Learn to identify common signs and characteristics of cognitive and other developmental limitations.
  • Better understand how cognitive and other developmental limitations can impact parenting and service provision.
  • Be able to identify appropriate services and support as they prepare recommendations and referrals.
  • Modify MI skills to communicate more effectively with a person with cognitive limitation.

Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed:

  • The Motivational Interviewing learning program offered through the ACS Workforce Institute, or an equivalent.
  • An online pre-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test before the day of class.
  • An interactive, one-day instructor led workshop.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 6.5 contact hours/0.65 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.

“I learned to think critically about situations and loved being able to practice what we learned!”

— Engaging Parents with Cognitive and Other Developmental Limitations Participant

Upcoming Dates