Presented by Kathy Gould, MSCP & Laura Wald, LSW
Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Registrations received after March 30 will be subject to a $20 late registration fee.
Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $89 per person
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made 10 business days before the start of the course. If cancellation is made in less than 10 business days, the full course fee will be billed.
Capital City Training Center
130 West Mason St.
Springfield, IL 62702
This session focuses on the complex impact on the family of having a family member with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how family background, structure, culture and beliefs influence adjustment and ability to work together to bring an optimum family quality of life and outcomes for each family member.
It offers user-friendly strategies that are research-based for working collaboratively with families as a whole as well as individual family members to help manage issues of grief, loss, stress, extended family and sibling relationships and promote family quality of life. Participants examine their own beliefs and practice strategies for working collaboratively with families of diverse backgrounds.
Supporting the family and a family-centered approach is important for clinicians, community agencies and schools that serve individuals with ASD and their families, given the multi-level family impact, and increasing numbers and diversity of individuals with ASD. There is a great need for a multi-level service delivery approach that matches the multiple levels of family needs. Successful multi-level supports, services and strategies in working with families with children with ASD must reflect the family’s goals, culture and needs.
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Understand the diagnosis of ASD, early warning signs of ASD and how culture impacts diagnosis, screening and treatment.
- Understand the impact and complex issues facing families with a child diagnosed with ASD throughout the lifespan.
- Examine their own knowledge about family diversity and understanding of the impact and complex issues facing families with a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from a diversity perspective.
- Review evidence based practices for individuals with ASD and resources for additional information regarding those practices.
- Identify specific strategies to incorporate into practice that improve effectiveness of family work with families of diverse backgrounds who have children with disabilities.
- Identify the components of a family empowerment process that have been shown to improve behavior and skills in the individual with ASD, reduce family stress and improve family quality of life.
Continuing Education Credit
A total of 5.5 contact hours will be awarded to nurses, professional counselors/clinical counselors and social workers, and 5.5 CPDUs will be awarded to teachers.
IAODAPCA continuing education credits have been applied for and are pending.
Lincoln Land Community College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-357, 2/1/2019)
ANA-Illinois has designated ONA as the official approver of the continuing nursing education (CNE) providers and activities for Illinois.
Nurses: This CNE activity is being offered for 5.5 contact hours. Attendance during the entire seminar as well as a completed seminar evaluation and post-test is required from each participant for successful completion of this CNE activity.
This CNE activity is being presented without conflict of interest with regard to commercial bias or financial interest from products or services.
Preregistration is required. Due to seating limitation, no walk-ins are allowed.
Payment is due at time of registration. After submitting this form please call 217-524-6749 with credit card information or mail a check to 130 W. Mason St., Springfield, IL 62702.
About the Presenters:
Kathy Gould, MSCP, is Program Manager of Illinois Autism Partnership at Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford, assisting school districts and helping support families around children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She was State Director of Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project, a statewide Illinois State Board of Education initiative, from its inception in 1998 through its close in 2014. She has a BA (Education) and MS (Psychology) and has administered education grants and projects for over twenty-five years. Her presentation on Positive Behavior Supports for students with ASD is featured in the National Autism Collection of IDEA Partnership. Kathy presents statewide and nationally and is recipient of the 2014 Autism Society Dr. Cathy Pratt Autism Professional of the Year Award. She served on Illinois PBIS State Leadership Team, was Chair of Illinois Autism Statewide Stakeholders Team and was a member of Illinois Act Early Team and Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Projects.
Laura A. Wald, LSW, has been a clinical and special education social worker for over thirty-five years. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from Indiana University and a master’s in social work from The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her background includes working with children of all ages with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, chronic illness, and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Wald is a frequent presenter on family therapy and developmental disabilities. She is an instructor in autism spectrum disorder and family issues at the Erikson Institute in Chicago.