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LI’s Developmental Disabilities Institute offers free workshop for caregivers

Marvin L. Colson, a clinical associate professor, and

Marvin L. Colson, a clinical associate professor, and the director of Developmental Disabilities Programs for the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University, will be a presenter at the workshop. (Credit: Handout)

Smithtown-based Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), which serves children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, is holding a workshop for family caregivers and those who work with individuals with developmental disabilities. The workshop is designed to help caregivers recognize and overcome compassion fatigue. The workshop is on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall at DDI’s Hollywood Drive location.

“Too often people who work with vulnerable populations such as individuals with developmental disabilities, are not prepared for the toll that caregiving exacts on them,” said Michael Romas, coordinator of Training and Professional Development for DDI, in a statement to the media. “Moreover, they are likely to feel guilty about needing “timeout” --  no matter how temporary — from the day to day demands of caregiving, even when they are stressed or traumatized by outside demands from families, communities, jobs or personal health issues.” There is often a link between caregiver stress and the quality of care provided to the vulnerable individuals they care for,” the statement said.

Thomas M. Cassidy, a clinical associate professor in the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University, and Marvin L. Colson, a clinical associate professor and the director of Developmental Disabilities Programs for the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University, are the presenters at the workshop. The workshop is free. For more information or to register, call Romas at 631-366-5875 or email at mromas@ddiinfo.org.

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