Early Bird Registration is OPEN
2019 Conference: Explorations in Development
Relationships and Developmental Transitions from Infancy to Early Adulthood for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Dates: Wednesday, October 16 & Thursday, October 17, 2019
*Note this is a two-day training
Times: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; check-in time will begin at 9:00 am
Location: Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Twp, MI 48038
Parking: Free and open parking around the building and extended parking into the Macomb Community College available.
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Autism and Attachment: The Importance of Parent-Implemented Autism Early Intervention with Onna Solomon, LMSW, Certified PLAY Project Consultant – Speaker Bio
This training will present and summarize current research related to autism and the development of attachment in young children. Characteristics of autism and how they impact the attachment relationship will be defined and discussed. Evidence for developmental and relationship-based clinical practice approaches when working with young children and their families will be presented through the introduction of the PLAY project, a relationship-based, parent-implemented autism intervention. This training will include lecture, large and small group discussion, video case studies, and video analysis.
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
An Adult Child’s Journey After High School: A Mother’s Perspective with Esther Onaga, PhD – Speaker Bio
The presenter will share her experience of being a mother of an adult child who is on the spectrum. She will share her thoughts about the uniqueness of each person, family situation and community within which they develop and grow. Along with her experience, she will share some basic principles of how a parent might navigate the challenges that may arise across such dimensions as finances, health insurance, housing, friendships, employment and continuous learning.
Day 2 – From Adolescence to Adulthood: Bullying, dating relationships, and the formation of identity
9:30 am – 11:30 am Students with ASD in Secondary Education: Navigating Friendships and Bullying with Marisa H. Fisher, PhD, BCBA-D – Speaker Bio
We will first talk about the research related to friendships and bullying experiences of middle and high school students with autism. We will then discuss the various approaches to enhancing friendships and decreasing bullying. Some approaches will focus on students with autism and specific behaviors (e.g., responses to bullying) that can be addressed. Other approaches will focus on students without disabilities and how changing attitudes can lead to better acceptance in schools.
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Navigating Sexuality and Intimate Relationships with Chaturi Edrisinha, PhD in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, BCBA-Doctoral, Associate Professor, Human Development and Child Studies, Director-Research, Oakland University Center for Autism – Speaker Bio
This presentation will address issues in regards to sexuality and Autism, including strategies on how to talk to adolescents about his or her changing body, challenges during puberty, how to promote healthy sexual understanding, and issues of hygiene and consent.
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm Identity Formation and the Educational Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Shantalea Johns, LMSW, Academic Services Officer, School of Social Work, Wayne State University and Takisha LaShore, PhD, LMSW, Office of Field Education, School of Social Work, Wayne State University Speaker Bios
For many, entering an institution of higher education is a hallmark of the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Under the best of circumstances, this transition elicits feelings of excitement and exhilaration, and/or anxiety and stress. As a result, these feelings can determine the level of engagement in the academic process. Challenges in the transition into higher education can be exacerbated when the interlocking structure of one’s identity includes a mental health or neurodevelopmental disorder. According to Roux et al. (2015), 20% of college students with autism have not graduated or were not on track to graduate from college five years after high school. The lower rate of college completion for students with ASD indicates a need for earlier transition planning and support services geared towards their college and career success. This workshop will focus on the role of identity formation during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood; the barriers students with autism spectrum disorder face while navigating the demands of higher education; and discussion of the mental health and student support services within an urban institution.
Onna Solomon Esther Onaga Marisa H. Fisher Chaturi Edrisinha Takisha LaShore Shantalea Johns
Who Will Benefit: Social Workers and other Professionals working with infants, young children and families
Registration Includes: Continental breakfast and continuing education credits – Lunch is not included.
Continuing Education Information – 11.0 training hours (5.5 per day): are included with registration fees
Social Work – 11.0 Michigan SW CEU’s Pending
IMH Endorsement® – Will count towards the requirements for the MI-AIMH Endorsement®
Licensed Professional Counselors – NBCC Hours – Please note that this training does not carry NBCC clock hours.
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To register, please complete the form below.
Registration Tips – You will need the following information to register:
- Contact information including cell phone # and email address
- Licensed Social Workers – need your license number in order to secure CEU’s
The last day to register is October 7, 2019.
Early Bird Regular Registration
Aug. 8th – Sept. 13th Sept. 14th – Oct. 7th
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Mail checks to: MI-AIMH, ATTN: Tiffanie Martinez, 13101 Allen Road, Southgate, MI 48195
For registration questions, contact Tiffanie Martinez at:
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Hosted by: MPSI, Infant Mental Health Program at WSU; MPSI, Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program at WSU; Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health; MI-AIMH; Macomb Social Emotional Network and Great Start Collaborative of Macomb County.