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*This event is open to the public*

This is a live interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop.


Presenters: Dr. Luther Kalb, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuropsychology and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and has published in the area of epidemiology of psychiatric disorders and youth with ASD.

Dr. Roma Vasa, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Director of Psychiatric Services at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs


Course Description: The first part of the session will provide up-to-date research on the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders and behavioral health conditions among youth with ASD. A particular focus will be mental health crises, including very recent research on crisis measurement, prevalence and risk factors for crises, and psychiatric management of crises. The second part of the session will take a closer look at the different psychiatric conditions that manifest in children with ASD. This includes both typical and unique presentations of psychiatric disorders. How clinicians can use a systematic approach to the evaluation and treatment of these psychiatric conditions in their clinical practice will be discussed


Instructional Level: Intermediate


Learning Objectives: This workshop is designed to help participants:

1.  Describe the prevalence and characteristics of psychiatric disorders and behavioral problems among youth in the general population as well as in clinical settings.

2.  Recognize the theory and definition behind crisis instruments, including ways to directly and indirectly measure this phenomenon.

3.  List the characteristics of as well as the factors related to mental health crises in youth with ASD and discuss the systems of care involved in mental health crises   

4.  Describe the various types of psychiatric disorders that can occur in individuals with ASD across development.

5.  Discuss evidence-based assessment and treatment of these psychiatric conditions in clinical practice.


Target Populations:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Direct support professionals
  • Other community service providers
  • Speech/Physical/Occupational therapists
  • Students/trainees


Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding). The registration fees include: $55 registration fee will be charged for professionals, $15 registration for parents/caregivers/individuals with disabilities, and $10 for students/trainees workshop registrations.


There is no processing fee required for payment by check. Apply promo code "PAYBYCHECK” at checkout. All checks must be received five business days prior to the training. If you are paying by check, please write the date of the session on the memo line. For example: "SLS June 30"


Make check payable to: Kennedy Krieger Institute (In note section write "MCDD SLS June 30")


Mail check to: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: MCDD Training Program, 7000 Tudsbury Road, Baltimore, MD 21244


Kennedy Krieger Institute Employees:  If your department will be covering the cost of the training, please enter your budget code when prompted. Enter promo code "KKISTAFF" at checkout. Your total will go to $0.00 so that payment can be received via interdepartmental budget transfer.


Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be received by e-mail  seven business days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.


Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555.