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Supporting People With I/DD in Developing Healthy Relationships: Friendship, Dating, and Intimacy


This is a virtual training and attendees will earn 5 CE contact hours.

Most people with developmental disabilities now live in the community and partake in community resources and activities. Many hold jobs in competitive employment and all, even those people with the most impaired abilities, have a greater array of options from which they may choose. Although these gains are significant and have greatly impacted many aspects of their lives, for the vast majority of people with developmental disabilities, there remains a major area of deprivation and inequality: a lack of opportunity, choice, and the inherent right to develop and participate in social relationships from friendship up through sexual expression.  

This session will explore specific soft skills needed to achieve the basic human need of acceptance by someone you like. Attendees will learn how to teach people skills to be a good friend, help people identify what type of friend they like/want, explore types of intimacy (not including sex), strategies to build social capital, concrete activities to develop and nurture positive body image and self-esteem, dating skills, and how to handle rejection. 

Learn more about sexuality and I/DD

Social Work Continuing Education Information  

This is a 5-hour course and attendees will earn 5 CE contact hours. 

Young Adult Institute, Inc. (YAI) 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-0171. 

The New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work requires all registrants to attend the entire training in order to receive the Social Work CE hours.  


Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is received two weeks (14 days) prior to a scheduled training, a refund will be provided. Participants who cancel their enrollment less than 14 days but more than 5 days will not be refunded but given credit towards a future training. Cancellation less than 5 days will result in no refund or credit.

No-Show Policy

Given the high demand for our trainings, no credit will be provided if the cancellation is not received prior to the training.

YAI Knowledge reserves the right to cancel a training due to low enrollment numbers. Registrants will be notified at least 2 business days prior to the scheduled training.


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