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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Broadcast Date:

February 11, 2009

Course Code: A025


Martin Lubetsky, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

John J. McGonigle, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Director, ASERT Regional Autism Center
Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Benjamin L. Handen, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, ATN Autism Treatment Network
Clinical Research Director, Merck Child Outpatient Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Program Description:

Accurate diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is critical to early intervention and improved outcomes. Recent prevalence rates suggest that up to 1 in 150 individuals have the disorder (CDC, 2007). This program will review the early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), symptoms and the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for children, adolescents and adults. Methods for diagnostic evaluation will be presented. Types of interventions will be reviewed, including ABA behavioral approaches, educational programs, social skills competency and pharmacologic adjunct to the treatment plan.

Educational Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the DMS-IV-TR diagnostic criteria

  2. Explain the methods of diagnostic evaluation for ASD

  3. Illustrate the types of interventions in ASD across the age spectrum    including behavioral, educational, social and pharmacological interventions

Target Audience:

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

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 2.0


ACT 62 2.0

CADC 2.0

NBCC 2.0

Psychologist 2.0

SW 2.0

CEU 0.2

We are pleased to offer ACT 48, ACT 62, CADC, NBCC, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast. Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast: (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits


The Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) has reviewed this professional training and has approved it to count 2.0 hours of Autism-specific content area toward ACT 62 Behavior Specialist Licensure hours.


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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