Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: Mental Health of Children & Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs.

Thursday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
KCC Workforce Development Center Conference Hall
$95, includes materials and contact hours.

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Mental Health is essential for successful life outcomes and it is our goal for every person. But what is mental health? Is it simply the absence of mental illness or is it something more? The World He

Healthy Minds

alth Organization says “Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

This lively and thought-provoking workshop is designed to help participants learn how to protect the mental health of children and adults with disabilities and how to promote the development of skills and abilities that support mental health.

Topics will include:
• Qualities that lead to mental health
• Teaching and promoting everyday mental health skills
• Strategies to avoid harming mental health
• The role of positive affirmations in mentally healthy thinking
• The importance of learning to “quiet the mind”
• Strategies to model and promote safe emotional expression
• Social connectedness as an asset in our mentally healthy lives
• The importance of self awareness, self knowledge and self advocacy in living a mentally healthy life

Please note: The information in this workshop is provided for educational and informational purposes only. The diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders is not included. The materials and strategies presented in this workshop are not be a substitute for the services of a mental health professional such as a physician or therapist.

Meet the instructor
Barbara T. Doyle, M.S., is a nationally known educator, author, master teacher, trainer, keynote presenter and consultant. Her focus is on children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, autism with hearing and/or vision impairment, autism with mental illness, deafness and deaf-blindness. She serves early intervention programs, public and private schools, families, advocacy groups, universities, mental health programs, professional organizations, and adult provider agencies. Doyle is committed to helping to create a society in which everyone can experience safety, mental and physical health, social connectedness, participation, contribution and productivity. She is an engaging and lively presenter, noted for her practical strategies delivered with humor and humanity. She also has seven family members with disabilities, five of whom have autism spectrum disorder. Her website is


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