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Update on Diagnostic and Treatment Issues in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Broadcast Date: February 16, 2011
Course Code: A0


Joseph McAllister, PhD
Director of Psychological Services

The Watson Institute








John McGonigle, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Science and Technology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Western Region ASERT

Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC



Johanna Taylor, MEd, BCBA

Doctoral Student Researcher

Department of Instruction and Learning

University of of Pittsburgh

Kylan Turner, MEd, BCBA

Doctoral Student Researcher

Department of Instruction and Learning

University of Pittsburgh



Program Description:

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are estimated to affect approximately one in one hundred children. Efforts are being made to identify children earlier and to treat the many medical, learning, and behavioral concerns that are often associated with this disorder. The current program offers an update on a number of areas related to ASD. Presentations will focus on issues affecting young children as well as older adolescents. Experts will cover topics including training pediatricians and their staff to identify at-risk children, addressing sleep and nutritional problems, and preparing older adolescents to successfully attend college.

Educational Objectives:

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

  • Identify ways in which pediatricians can screen children who are at-risk for ASD.

  • Describe interventions used to treat children with ASD and sleep problems.

  • Identify the nutritional needs of children with ASD.

  • Examine the types of skills adolescents with ASD require in order to attend college.

Target Audience:

Teachers, classroom aides, direct care staff, mental health professionals, and parents

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, NCC, 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



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.


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, 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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