INA, Ill. (May 13, 2014) – Clinical Consultant Barbara T. Doyle will visit Rend Lake College this summer to speak about a number of mental health topics, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, communication, and more. She will host two workshops on Aug. 7-8, sponsored by RLC and the South Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (SCI-AHEC).
The first workshop, titled “Becoming the Instrument of Change,” will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7. During the session, attendees will learn tips and techniques to help them become better communicators with those who have disabilities. Several topics of discussion will be effective non-verbal skills, responsiveness strategies, recognizing underlying messages, and structured waiting. Two hours of continued education are available for those who complete the workshop.
“Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives” will be held the following day from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The goal of the workshop is to promote mental health in children and adults with autism, intellectual, or developmental disabilities. Six hours of continued education can be earned with the completion of this workshop.
To each workshop, Doyle brings more than 40 years of professional experience and personal knowledge with five family members with disabilities. She is a nationally known teacher, presenter, and author who delivers “ready to apply” information with humor and humanity. Her mission in life is to “make the world a more inclusive place for everyone by increasing understanding, creating a truly accessible service delivery system, and promoting effective teaching, adaptions, and accommodations.”
She currently serves as the president and CEO of Barbara T. Doyle, MS, Inc. The private practice started nearly 15 years ago and focuses its services to educate and support schools, families, and children.
Registration for “Becoming the Instrument of Change” costs $10 and for “Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives” is $25, including lunch. Register for both sessions for $30.
"We all interact with those who have mental health issues and disabilities, especially in the professions of education and healthcare,” said Lori Ragland, Dean of Community and Corporate Education. “Barb Doyle will teach us ways to improve our communication with these individuals and have a better understanding of those with special needs. Whether you attend due to personal or professional reasons, we're excited to offer these workshops that will be beneficial for all."