Anxiety, Angst and Autism: Mental Health Comorbidities in Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
October 2, 2015 – Full Day
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Morning Session
12:30 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Session
Auditorium, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus
700 East Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55106-5000
Sheila Merzer, M.A., L.P., is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She specializes in providing services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms. Merzer earned her master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has given numerous presentations on topics related to identification, management, and educational programming for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Janice Ostrom, M.S. L.P., BCBA, is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavioral analyst with a master’s degree in applied psychology and behavior analysis from Saint Cloud State University. She specializes in the application of behavioral principles for change at the individual and organizational level. She is currently a clinician and business partner at Brih Design LLC in Minneapolis.
Elizabeth Reeve, M.D., is a psychiatrist who earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a past president of the Minnesota Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and former psychiatry residency director for Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry. She has presented and published on such topics as autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, and trichotillomania. Dr. Reeve currently practices at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
A two-part presentation that focuses on the wide range of co-morbid conditions that can be associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders and provides practical information relevant to pharmacological, therapeutic and behavioral interventions.
Children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders often present with obsessive thinking, impulsive actions, high levels of anxiety, and fluctuating patterns of attention, engagement and behavior. This interactive video illustrated forum will include a comprehensive discussion of mental health comorbidities associated with autism. The morning session will focus on identification of the common mental health comorbidities in this population and the role of medications in treating these conditions. Emphasis will be placed on helping participants understand how to identify realistic target symptoms that may respond to medications and how to monitor changes in those target symptoms. The presentation content will also explore how medications may or may not benefit the core symptoms of autism. The afternoon session will provide information relevant to identifying social functions of behavior, practical strategies to develop proactive and reactive behavior supports, and modifications to curriculum and treatment in response to the unique processing needs of this population. Case studies will support the afternoon program goals. This program is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health providers.
Session I: Morning
Mental Health Comorbidities: Identification and Treatment in Persons with Developmental Differences
Participants will be able to:
1. Identify common mental health comorbidities in children, adolescents and adults with developmental differences.
2. Understand the importance of identifying target symptoms for pharmacologic treatment in this patient population.
3. Clarify and explain the role for and special considerations of pharmacologic interventions for mental health issues in persons with developmental differences.
Session II: Afternoon
Mental Health Comorbidities: Developing Practical and Creative Interventions for supporting behavior change at home, at school and in the community
Participants will be able to:
1. Explain the four prominent social functions of behavior.
2. Develop a treatment strategy and/or proactive behavior support that is based on the function of the individual’s behavior.
3. Provide information to parents and educators regarding the information processing and reasoning challenges of children and adolescents that require consideration when developing curriculum modifications and treatment strategies.
The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This session qualifies for 3 continuing education credits if you attend the morning or afternoon session only. If you attend both sessions, it qualifies for 6 continuing education credits.