Practical workshops devoted to intervention techniques

At Saint Mary's, graduate education goes further than what you learn in the classroom. Our Master of Autism Studies program offers exciting opportunities to enhance your education through interactive workshops.

As a graduate student it has been really helpful to see ways that I can use strategies for individuals with autism in my own externship practices, as I move forward as a clinician, and in my everyday life. -Lainie Lynch, Workshop Participant

The Master of Autism Studies program sponsors intensive workshops that bring expert scholars and clinicians to campus to delve more deeply into the most promising autism interventions. These workshops provide graduate students and interested community members with opportunities to deepen their understanding of individual, state-of-the-art approaches to autism intervention while working with leading experts in the field; in some cases, workshops may also provide participants with opportunities to practice these techniques and/or to become certified in a particular approach or model of treatment.

The reason it is important to participate in these workshops like this is because our profession is always changing and so are the students that we are services and we need to continue to expand our techniques. -Tracy Hickey, Workshop Participant

Examples of Past Workshops

TEACCH® One-Day Workshop: Transitioning to Employment and Postsecondary Education with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Participants received a certificate of completion.

Laura Klinger, Ph.D. (Executive Director, TEACCH Autism Program, University of North Carolina) and Allison Butwinski (Autism Specialist, TEACCH Autism Program) reviewed knowledge about adult outcomes for individuals with ASD with a focus on identifying childhood factors that predict a higher quality of life. Interventions supporting transition to adulthood for both concrete learners with ASD and learners graduating with a general education diploma were discussed. Learn more about the TEACCH® one-day workshop.

TEACCH® Two-Day Workshop: Strategies for Success in General Education for Individuals with ASD

Participants received a certificate of completion.

Laura Klinger, Ph.D. (Executive Director, TEACCH Autism Program, University of North Carolina) and Allison Butwinski (Autism Specialist, TEACCH Autism Program) focused on educating students ages 6-19 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who spend the majority of their day in the general education classroom following the standard course of study. Participants learned about the characteristics of ASD and strategies to address educational and social emotional issues that affect success in the general education classroom. Learn more about the TEACCH® two-day workshop.

Play Project Two-Day Intensive Workshop

This workshop was the first step in pursuing the Certified PLAY Project and Teaching PLAY Consultant credential.

Richard Solomon, MD, presented an overview of his autism early intervention program The PLAY Project TM. This professional development opportunity provides you with an outline of The PLAY Project methods and principles along with case studies to gain immediate skills in helping children with autism. The workshop consisted of case studies, video analysis of parent and child interaction, and group activities that develop your skills in play-based, developmental and behavioral techniques for engaging children with autism and other developmental delays.

Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment®

Individuals who completed this workshop earned Level 1 Certification in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)®.

Bob and Lynn Koegel presented an overview of Pivotal Response Treatment®, a naturalistic behavioral intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder that targets pivotal areas of development, including motivation, responsivity to multiple cues, initiations, and self-management. The presentation reviewed research-supported motivational strategies that have been shown to significantly increase child engagement in learning opportunities, thus increasing the speed of new skill acquisition and decreasing disruptive behavior. Learn more about the Introduction to Pivotal Response Treatment® workshop.

PEERS® for Adolescents Certified Training Seminar: Parents-Assisted Social Skills Training Program

Upon completion of this training, qualified participants became “PEERS® Certified Providers” for the PEERS® for Adolescents program.

The PEERS® for Adolescents Certified Training Seminar is designed to instruct mental health professionals, medical professionals, and/or educators on the administration and implementation of the parent-assisted PEERS® for Adolescents intervention in a clinical-type setting. This certified training provides a model for an evidence-based social skills treatment for teens in middle school and high school (age 11-18) with ASD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and other social difficulties, particularly with respect to friendships. Learn more about the PEERS® for Adolescents Certified Training Seminar.