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NEW - Treating Autistic Clients with OCD

W/Rebecca Sachs, PhD, ABPP, Mondays 12-1 PM EST, 8 CEs for Psychologists & BCBAs.

  • Ended
  • 800 US dollars
  • Remote Learning

Service Description

Anxiety disorders and OCD are more prevalent in autistic persons than the general population. However, because these individuals are often unable to access ERP, clinicians may incorrectly believe they cannot effectively use CBT to treat them. This 8-session (3 didactic/5 consultative) course will bridge this knowledge and confidence gap. We will explore topics such as navigating diagnosis, psychoeducation, case conceptualizations integrating core differences related to Autism with anxiety+OCD, and applying CBT within a behavior analytic framework. Dr. Sachs will focus on direct training/coaching of core CBT skills using modeling, case vignettes, role plays, rehearsal, and consultative feedback. Roughly 30 minutes of reading will be required prior to each session. Perspectives of autistic scholars/authors will be included to deepen participant understanding and foster a clinically- grounded, empathic perspective. Instructor: Rebecca Sachs, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist specializing in assessing and treating individuals on the Autism spectrum who also experience OCD and anxiety. There is an extra $15 fee for CEs. Scholarships or reduced fees are available for practitioners who belong to or serve marginalized communities. Intended Audience: Clinicians and trainees with basic knowledge of Autism and some direct clinical experience with Anxiety/OCD. Participants will be able to: -Identify core features and individual differences of autism -Convey importance of diagnostic clarification when autism is suspected, and how to navigate steps to diagnosis and psychoeducation for Autism+co-occurring mental health conditions -Understand the importance of listening to autistic lived-experiences and be able to collaborate with autistic patients to integrate this into CBT -Develop case conceptualizations integrating core Autism information processing differences with treating co-occurring mental health conditions -Integrate principles and procedures from CBT within a behavior analytic framework when developing and implementing treatment plans -Adapt and apply behavioral and cognitive interventions (e.g. exposure, differential reinforcement of behavior, family reinforcement, cognitive restructuring) to treat co-occurring mental health conditions in those with Autism -Identify “good accommodation” versus “bad accommodation” and how to include pursuit of "opposite action" into treatment goals, while acknowledging Autism information-processing differences

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