Friday, May 5, 2017

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Rebecca Sachs, Ph.D.

Presentation followed by Question & Answer Period as Time Allows

Sign in will begin at 6:45 PM - Workshop - 7:15pm - 9:15pm

Handouts and seating can be guaranteed only for those who pre-register and pay by 05/01/17.

Location: Adelphi University's Hauppauge Education and Conference Center
55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge (Facilities are handicapped accessible)


SCPA Members: No Fee
Current Adelphi Faculty & Students: No Fee
$15 fee if payment received by 05/01/17

$20.00 fee from 05/01/17 - 05/05/17 strictly subject to Seating Availability.

2 CE credits are available for a $30.00 additional fee

Certificate of Attendance available for $5.00 additional

The workshops will provide an overview of how Autism (ASD) may present in children, teens, and adults and a framework for conceptualizing the mental health problems of teens and adults with ASD. Changes from DSM IV to 5 will be discussed, along with an overview of assessment of ASD and how to use assessment data to inform treatment planning. A rationale for using Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), with descriptions of these approaches, including modifications for use with ASD, will be discussed. Case examples and opportunities for participants to present their own cases for group discussion will be provided.

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Summarize and discuss the three core features of ASD and how they may vary in representation among different individuals;
  2. Describe various symptoms of ASD and how they may present differently, especially across the lifespan;
  3. Identify high-functioning individuals with ASD, and recognize differences between ASD related symptoms and those of other disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders;
  4. Apply knowledge from already used behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment techniques and be able to describe important modifications for making them applicable to working with individuals with ASD;
  5. Describe which assessment measures (standardized testing and clinical data) can be used to assess ASD and provide diagnostic clarification.

Rebecca Sachs, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals on the Autism spectrum who also experience difficult co-occurring disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and severe anxiety. She is board certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and brings warmth, sensitivity, and a strong sense of humor to her work as a licensed clinical psychologist. As a member of Spectrum Services, Dr. Sachs maintains a private practice in Manhattan. She was recognized as a rising star by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), receiving their Career Development Leadership Award in 2015. Prior to being in full time private practice, Dr. Sachs was a staff psychologist at the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism. In addition to her time at the Lindner Center, Dr. Sachs simultaneously served as the Director of Psychoeducational Services at Academic Options and worked as a licensed clinical psychologist at NeuroBehavioral Institute in Weston, FL. There she specialized in the areas of Autism, OCD, Anxiety Disorders and parent training. As part of her professional training Dr. Sachs has worked in various clinical and educational settings, serving as therapist, evaluator, coordinator, and team member. She received her Bachelor’s degree, and Ph.D. from New York University and Hofstra University, respectively, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Miami.

If you have any questions (including information about our cancellation policy), please email or call 631-423-2409 and be sure to leave a contact telephone number in your email or message. You may register and pay for this and all of our other workshops via our website using the form within this listing or by mailing in your payment (payable to SCPA) with your name and contact information to:

Suffolk County Psychological Association
P.O. Box 397
Commack, NY 11725

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