9th Annual JFK Partners Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference

| 08:15 AM - 12:10 PM

Shining a Light on Mental Health in Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Life Span   

A free webinar event with Q & A
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual JFK Partners Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference will once again be a virtual event. We are excited to offer topics in response to so many past participants’ requests under the umbrella of “Shining a Light on Mental Health in ASD Across the Life Span.”  We are disappointed that we cannot meet in person this year and sincerely hope that we will return to our in-person format for next year and enjoy a full day of networking and learning! 
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2021 Conference Schedule
 
8:15 a.m.        Welcome
8:30 a.m.        Supporting the Mental Health of School-Aged Youth with ASD: The Positive Potential of School Partnerships
9:30 a.m.        Break
9:45 a.m.        Fostering Brave Behavior in Adolescents with ASD and Intellectual Disabilities: Important CBT Adaptations
10:45 a.m.      Break
11:00 a.m.      Suicide Prevention for Autistic Adults: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Crisis Supports
12:00 p.m.     Wrap-up
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Supporting the Mental Health of School-Aged Youth with ASD: The Positive Potential of School Partnerships

Learning Objectives:
• Identify the mental health conditions that commonly co-occur in youth with ASD
• Describe the core components of a cognitive behavior therapy program for youth with ASD and anxiety (Facing Your Fears program)
• Describe the benefits of implementing evidence based interventions in public schools for autistic youth

SPEAKER
Judy Reaven, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Associate Director of JFK Partners
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Panelists:  Rachel S. Kerstiens, School Psychologist, Denver Public Schools; Sue Loeffler, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist, Denver Public Schools; Michelle Butler, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist, Littleton Public Schools; Jessica Kendall, LCSW, School Social Worker, Cherry Creek School District; Alison Garvey, School Psychologist, Cherry Creek School District
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Fostering Brave Behavior in Adolescents with ASD and Intellectual Disabilities: Important CBT Adaptations

Learning Objectives:
• Identify common symptoms of anxiety in teens with ASD and ID
• Identify important adaptations to traditional CBT approaches that enhance access and understanding for autistic teens with ID
• Identify strategies that support bravery in daily life and transition to adulthood

SPEAKER
Audrey Blakeley-Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry 
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Panel to be included
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Suicide Prevention for Autistic Adults: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Crisis Supports

Learning Objectives:
• Describe at least three possible risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors in autistic adults
• Discuss at least five key considerations for suicide warning signs when working with autistic adults
• Identify at least two crisis supports and resources for this population

SPEAKERS
Brenna Maddox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Co-Chair, Autism and Suicide Committee, American Association of Suicidology  
Lisa Morgan, MEd, CAS  
Co-Chair, Autism and Suicide Committee, American Association of Suicidology  
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Closed captioning and Spanish interpretation will be available. 
Contact hour certificates (3.5 hours) will be available to those who attend the live webinar and complete the event evaluation. 
 
REGISTER today!

For questions, please contact Christine Cook: christine.cook@cuanschutz.edu
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