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High-Functioning Autism in Adults: Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors

Virtual
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2 CE Hours
Clinical
Free
Expires in 20 Days

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Description

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, this 2-hour workshop for medical and mental health professionals addresses best practices when working with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. When the term Autism was coined in 1943 to describe those with severe social-emotional, communication, and relationship impairments, it was thought to only afflict non-verbal children with low intellectual functioning. Over the last 70 years, we have learned that, in addition to those described above, Autism can afflict those at both ends of the intellectual spectrum, those with high-level language skills and adults.

This workshop will describe how a high-functioning adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder may present in medical or mental health environments, common medical and mental health comorbidities, best practices for communication given potential language difficulties, and how to make mental and medical healthcare environments most accessible given potential sensory sensitivities. This presentation will also discuss the neurological and genetic differences typically found in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the other bodily systems involved with the disorder. Finally, special topics that providers should address will be discussed.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
Educational Goal

The educational goal of this workshop is for providers to increase knowledge about adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learn best-practices for working with this population.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Name at least two significant activities of daily living in which adults with ASD are impaired.

  • Identify two medical diagnoses that are often comorbid to those with ASD.

  • Identify three mental health diagnoses that are often comorbid to those with ASD.

  • Identify at least one false belief providers have about those with ASD and discuss why they can be hurtful.

  • Describe three ways providers can improve their communication and work environments to aid those with ASD receive the help they need.

Introductory
Clinical
Counselors

TPN.health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7267. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. TPN.health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0220.

Addiction Counselors

This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programming. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

Social Workers

TPN.health, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 2.5 continuing education credits.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC 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-0654.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

Physicians

Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 2.00 ANCC contact hours.

Nurses

Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 2.00 ANCC contact hours.

Psychologists

TPN.health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by Aetna Better Health Louisiana. There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
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  • Workshop Begins
  • 5 Minute Break
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  • Workshop Ends
Note: Time designated for waiting room, breaks cannot be counted toward CE credit.
Dr. Kevin T. Blake, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Blake is a recognized national authority on Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children, adolescents, and adults. He has specialized for over 30 years in Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD, and ASD and lives and works as a licensed psychologist in Tucson, Arizona. Interest in these areas was spurred by his own struggles with trying to overcome Dyslexia with impairment in phonological processing, fluency, spelling, and comprehension, as well as a severe sensorineural hearing loss which were all initially diagnosed at the age of 26 during his first year of a doctoral program. At that time, early 1980’s, little was known about adults with Specific Learning Disorder. As Dr. Blake struggled to learn about his own Specific Learning Disorder, he decided to make his life’s work the diagnosis and treatment of adults with Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD, and autism spectrum disorder.

When Dr. Blake began his professional career, he was one of a handful of practitioners in the country with such a focus. Now he travels the country sharing his personal story and what he has learned about Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD and Autism Spectrum Disorder with other professionals who work with these populations, individuals with these disorders, and their loved ones. Dr. Blake, an avid competitive cyclist, lives with his wife, a retired psychologist, and their two dogs in Tucson.

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