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Dual Diagnosis: Intellectual Disabilities and the Impact of Mental Health Issues

Understand and recognise the presence of mental health issues in an individual with an intellectual disability and learn fundamental strategies that may be used to provide effective support.



There is increasing awareness that people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) are at greater risk of developing mental illness. They are often not able to clearly articulate their internal experiences and feelings, and because of this are often misdiagnosed or seen to be complex and challenging. This workshop is for those working in a setting where they support people with intellectual disability.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Identify the differences between ID and mental health issues

  • Understand the reasons why a person with an ID might be likely to have a mental health issue

  • Understand and recognise the presence of mental health issues in an individual with an ID - vulnerability factors, typical and atypical signs

  • Explain fundamental strategies that can be used to provide effective support

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua 


Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around NZ and Australia.


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments and light lunch provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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