Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum in Psychotherapy

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CE Credit: 4

Length: 180 minutes

Persons having autism spectrum disorders are just as likely as others to have concerns that might merit therapy. Many psychologists report feeling uncertain about how best to approach the needs of this population. In a number of cases, traditional techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety, are appropriate. To work effectively with this population, the psychologist must be aware of the core symptoms of autism and how these symptoms might present challenges to therapy. This INTERMEDIATE workshop presents ways to enhance success in therapy for these clients.

Learning Objective 1
Recognize the needs of persons with high-functioning ASDs with regard to mental health issues.

Learning Objective 2
Recognize how mental health concerns may present in persons having high-functioning ASDs.

Learning Objective 3
Summarize the unique characteristics of persons having high-functioning ASDs and how these attributes may impact psychotherapy.

Learning Objective 4
Utilize psychotherapeutic techniques that have demonstrated success in working with clients having high-functioning ASDs.

Eva R. Markham, EdD, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Supplementary Materials

  • Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
  • APA 2012 References
  • APA 2012 References (1)
  • Markham Workshop