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09/26/19- Treatment of Depression in Autistic Individuals/Individuals with ASD/DD/ID


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General Information

Title: Treatment of Depression in Autistic Individuals/ Individuals with ASD/DD/ID

Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey

Date: Thursday, 09/26/19

Time: 10:00 am -1:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: 09/27/2019 - 10/02/2019 at 5 pm eastern


Individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, like others, experience depression and may indeed face greater risk than others due to poverty, poor social skills, limited social support networks and stigma. Until recently, depression in this population was largely ignored. Therefore this workshop will review (a) the diagnosis and definition of depression and related mood disorders (including the behavioral equivalents hypothesis); (b) behavioral conceptualization and case formulation of depression; and (c) treatment and outcome literature. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of clinical issues related to managing individual cases.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar the participants will be able to identify:
1) Signs and symptoms of depression;
2) The behavioral equivalents hypothesis;
3) Behavior analytic accounts of depression;
4) Evidence-Based Practices of depression in individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism; 
5) Application of behavioral activation for depression.

    Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

    Bio: Professor Peter Sturmey is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York, where he is a member of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral and Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specializes in autism and other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training. He is the original resident speaker at ABAC and Chief Scientific Officer at Long Island ABA. He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene then San Antonio State Schools during a federal class action lawsuit. There he supervised behavioral services and master's level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, and implemented large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs. Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 210 peer reviewed papers, over 60 book chapters. He provides webinars on ABA to qualified professionals and others on a regular basis. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. He has an active lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities. He provides training and consultations widely.

    Disclosure Statement:
    Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related presentations.

    Credit Hour Information

    • Certified/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 3 Type II CEUs
    • Psychologists: 3 continuing education credits
    • Social workers and counselors: Not eligible

    Only behavior analysts and psychologists may view the recording for continuing education credit. All other professions must attend live.

    For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


    10:00 am: Introduction
    10:05 am: Webinar begins
    11:30 am: 10 minute break
    11:40 am: First Q&A session
    11:50 am: Webinar resumes
    12:45 pm: Second Q&A session
    1:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code-submission forms