Working with Autism Spectrum Families: What Clinicians Need To Know

Working with Autism Spectrum Families: What Clinicians Need To Know

Presented by Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC on 07-28-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

The National Autism Association reports autism is the fastest growing developmental diagnosis in the United States, effecting one in 68 children. This increase over the past several years indicates many clinicians will provide services to individuals on the autism spectrum as well as their loved ones, including mothers, fathers, siblings, and relationship partners. For mental health professionals to provide the best care for this growing population, clinicians need to have an accurate understanding of the autism spectrum.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC will share her experiences as a therapist, autism strategist, and mother of a 19-year-old son on the autism spectrum. Janeen will outline details of her multifaceted approach for clinicians who want to provide quality care from an autism-informed perspective. Attendees will develop a better understanding of the impact of autism on individuals and families, as well as other interpersonal relationships.

Janeen will address how the needs of an autism family can differ from those of a typical family. She will also identify specific issues to screen for and how a trauma-informed model of care is necessary when working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Attendees will learn how managing anxiety through sensory integration is an ongoing process, and presuming competence in people on the spectrum is crucial to providing effective clinical care.

This intermediate level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how autism affects the individual and the family system.
  2. Apply autism spectrum-specific therapeutic strategies that can be implemented immediately in session. 
  3. Discuss dynamics of autism families from a trauma-informed perspective.
  4. Describe dynamics between autistic and “neurotypical” siblings in an autism spectrum household.
  5. Recognize common mental health issues that require additional screening for individuals with autism. 

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

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

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE 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 #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, 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-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC

Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC

Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. She is the owner of Puzzle Peace Counseling, LLC, which specializes in helping autism families. Janeen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Rowan University in New Jersey and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University.

In addition to being an autism strategist, Janeen is also trained as an EMDR Trauma Therapist. She is a Topic Expert contributor on Autism Spectrum at GoodTherapy.org and her weekly podcast, Autism Blueprint, covers a variety of topics surrounding autism in the home.

Janeen has been married to her husband, Joe, since 1995, and together, they have two teenage children. Her son, Benjamin, was diagnosed with autism in 2001 and is the inspiration for her work. For more information about Janeen and her work, please visit www.puzzlepeacecounseling.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, 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-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, 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-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.