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Family Therapy for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder & Intellectual Delay
2.75 APA CE CREDIT HOURS- GENERAL
Rand Coleman, PhD
About This Course: Clinicians must see the family as a critical partner in care when working with youth with dual diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual delay (ID). Why? ASD and ID profoundly impact family life. Clinicians will learn about mastering critical skills including how to build and maintain rewarding family relationships, creating growth enhancing family-based social activities for non-verbal or limited verbal youth, and parent guided behavioral therapy techniques. This introductory program will demonstrate how clinicians use a family systems lens integrated with play and behavioral therapy to strengthen the joining process with caregivers. Underlying this process is the focus on enhancing executive parenting through guided in-session practice, especially, caregiver-child co-regulation.
- Identify how the social ecology of the family can be used to develop a collaborative understanding of the joining process.
- Identify critical domains for therapeutic intervention with youth who have ASD & ID, using the dimensions of family relationships.
- Define at least 5 experiential family therapy activities for clients with limited verbal skills.
Psychologists, Mental Health Workers, Human Service Providers, Family Therapists, & Supervisors
CE Credit Hours are available:
2.75 APA CE Credit Hours-General
Cost: $55.00 for program and CE credits.
Participants must complete attestation, view entire recording, and pass posttest to access certificate.
The Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologist. The Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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Rand Coleman, PhD
Dr. Rand Coleman is a graduate of Hahnemann University, where he obtained his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology. After completing a two-year fellowship in the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he worked in Green Bay, WI, providing support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. During this time, he and his wife, Anne, did emergency foster care, eventually transitioning to long term foster care, and adopting two children.
Dr. Rand Coleman is a certified Theraplay trainer and supervisor, trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attachment-based therapy, and parenting techniques. His clinical experience includes working with a large behavioral health organization in Pennsylvania, where he focused on providing family treatment for children diagnosed with autism disorder, intellectual disabilities, ADD/ADHD, reactive attachment disorder, and severe behavior problems.
The Family therapy work has been focused on helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings, and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice. Now in private practice, Rand’s time is split between providing therapy, doing neuropsychological testing, and conducting trainings.