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Autism Training for Psychotherapists : A training focused on providing psychotherapy for teens and young adults diagnosed with what is commonly referred to as “high functioning” Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Often individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle with depression, anxiety, relationships, and engaging in activities not part of their restricted interests. Ongoing difficulty interpreting and responding to social cues, relatively low social motivation, and isolation frequently interfere with relationships throughout the lifespan but especially during teen and young adulthood.
Sometimes counseling and psychotherapy can present unique challenges for the ASD individual including requiring increased time and clinician skill to establish rapport and a solid therapeutic alliance, and an increased need to engage family members and other supports within the therapeutic process even for adults.
A skilled provider understands these unique challenges and can work effectively with the ASD individual and family to address presenting symptoms and improve daily functioning and quality of life. This training will provide a unique understanding of ASD and the skills that are necessary to effectively work with this population.
14 Social Work CEUS will be provided