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How COVID-19 and Pandemic Life Has Affected Those on the Autism Spectrum
November 3, 2022
10:00 AM - 1:15 PM CDT
Free
3 CE Hours
General
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Education Description

So many aspects of dealing with COVID-19 have felt like “flying by the seat of our pants,” including how to help children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) survive and cope with the pandemic. Fortunately, at this point, we have information from scientists who have researched COVID-19, developed treatments, vaccines, and medications, and learned ways to mitigate its transmission. We also now have information from other scientists who have been studying the best methods for helping those with ASD cope with the changes to routines brought on by the pandemic to help them understand to the best of their ability why these changes are happening and to help them learn how to protect themselves and loved ones from infection. This three-hour webinar aims to explain what these scientists have learned in a user-friendly way and how it can help you work more effectively with your clients with ASD during the pandemic. While medical professionals are learning how to treat COVID-19, little is known about treating the emotional overlay of concerns one with ASD may develop as a result of the pandemic and teaching those on the spectrum age-appropriate ways to protect themselves and loved ones from infection.

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

Participants will gain increased knowledge of mental and behavioral changes seen during the pandemic in those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe one way the brains of those with ASD are significantly different from neurotypical people
  2. Identify one way ASD is related to autoimmune disorders.
  3. Discuss 3 concerns families of people with ASD may have about the COVID-19 vaccine
  4. Describe two of the significant sensory sensitivity risks experienced by those with ASD during the pandemic.
  5. Describe two of the emotional difficulties those with ASD tend to experience during the pandemic
  6. Explain one way COVID-19 lockdowns may affect families of those with ASD
  7. Name one treatment technique that demonstrated to help those with ASD during the pandemic
CE Details
Introductory
General

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.

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.

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.

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 3 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.

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.

CE Policy
Agenda

9:45 am CT – Waiting room opens

10:00 am CT – Workshop begins

11:30 am CT – 15 minute break

11:45 am CT – Workshop resumes

1:00 pm CT – Workshop concludes

Note: Time designated for waiting room, breaks cannot be counted toward CE credit

TPN.health and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
*Registration ends November 3 at 1:15 PM CDT
Kevin Blake

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 were 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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