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Broadcast Date: March 28, 2007
Length: 2 Hours
Course Code: A015



Jeannie Starzynski, LSW
Clinical Program Director, Family Based Services
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Rebecca Burkley, MS
Clinical Supervisor, Family Based Autism Teams
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Martin Lubetsky, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services
Center for Autism and Development Disorders, Merck Program
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Program Description:

This program will review the Family Based (FB) model and the development of specialty teams to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The FB model stresses the critical necessity to work and communicate with the family to establish effective collaboration. The outcome of this commitment to collaboration is the enhancement and support of the family’s capacity to remain intact in a way that promotes the best interest of the child or adolescent. The addition of the Applied Behavior Analyst for individuals with autism spectrum disorder provides an important component to the traditional FB team that enhances the skills of the family and the child, aids in continuity of care, crisis intervention, case management and advocacy for the client and the family.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

1. Describe structural family therapy as utilized by family based services
Identify tools used in family therapy
Utilize genograms, structural maps and ecomaps in assessing families
4. Develop treatment goals to plan for positive outcomes for the school-aged, autism spectrum children and their families

Target Audience:

All clinical and research professionals, students, and trainees as well as interested family members and individuals with mental illness.

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