WS39: Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy With Autism Spectrum Disorder Sessions and Workshops Qualifying for NASP and APA-Approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Documentation

Thursday, February 23

  • 4:30–7:30 p.m.
  • CPD Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Skill Level: III
  • Members: $80
    Non-Members: $115

Presenters will discuss relevant current research on cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) with specific focus on understanding underlying deficits that contribute to challenging behaviors and deficient social skills. Presenters will use didactic presentation to provide a foundation for using a case conceptualization approach for children with ASD that includes linking assessment to treatment planning. Participants will gain an understanding of CBT interventions from a modular-based and manual-based CBT approach. Videotaped cases will be used to demonstrate some of the interventions discussed. To tie the elements of this presentation together, participants will engage in small group case discussions to develop case conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention selection, progress monitoring, and generalization of skills.

Speaker(s): Ray W. Christner, PsyD, NCSP, Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC, Hanover, PA, Jessica B. Bolton, PsyD, NCSP, South Middleton School District, Boiling Springs, PA

Ray W. Christner, PsyD, NCSP, Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC, Hanover, PA, Ray W. Christner, PsyD, NCSP, is director of Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC, in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is trained as both a school and a clinical psychologist. He has published and presented extensively on the use of cognitive–behavioral therapy in schools.

Jessica B. Bolton, PsyD, NCSP, South Middleton School District, Boiling Springs, PA, Jessica B. Bolton, PsyD, NCSP, is a school psychologist at South Middleton School District in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in school psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has published and presented on topics including process-oriented assessment, anxiety in schools, and interventions with autism spectrum disorders.