Autism in Females: Overlooked & Underserved

2 CE Credit Live Interactive Webinar Saturday, August 14, 2021
9-11 am Pacific Time/12-2 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Theresa Regan, PhD

Tokens and discounts may not be used with webinars.

2 CE credit hours. For those unable to attend, CE credits (though not Live) will be available by viewing the recording and completing the posttest and evaluation.

NOTE TO PSYCHOLOGIST: For CA and NY Psychologists, as well as all other professions, this webinar satisfies requirements for Live CE credits and certificates will be designated as such.  For psychologists, and only psychologists, licensed in all other states, this webinar does not meet criteria for Live CE credits and certificates will be designated as home study.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an often-overlooked diagnosis, is even more often missed in females than in males. Those with an unnoticed or inaccurate diagnosis are often saddled with inappropriate and unproductive labels (such as bossy or picky) and diagnoses, such as borderline personality or bipolar disorders. Furthermore, females with ASD are at heightened risk for mood fluctuations, suicide, sexual abuse, and difficulties adapting to social demands.

This introductory/intermediate webinar is part of a continuing series on autism spectrum disorder.  Renowned ASD expert, Dr. Regan will review the state of autism diagnosis in females, why it is essential, and how to recognize spectrum qualities in both girls and women. This training emphasizes enhancing therapists’ knowledge of what to look for when working with females whose behaviors may at times be perplexing and/or appear to adversely impact treatment. Although intervention will not be emphasized in this webinar (which is a subject for future training) understanding how to better assess and evaluate these types of behaviors is essential to better care.

As part of this presentation clinical case examples will be discussed and there will be ample time for questions.

For those unable to attend, CE credits (though not live) will be available by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation.

Target audience: This course is appropriate for all mental health professionals

Content level: Introductory/Intermediate

 

Theresa Regan, PhD, is a rare combination of adult neuropsychologist (specialist in brain-behavior relationships), parent of an amazing teen on the autism spectrum, and certified autism specialist with the IBCCES. She is deeply grateful to bring validation, hope, and purpose to individuals and their families living on the autism spectrum. With this mission at its core, she founded and directs the OSF HealthCare Adult Diagnostic Autism Center in central Illinois. Her books include Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults and Understanding Autistic Behaviors. Her podcast Autism in the Adult can be found wherever you listen. For more information and to join her new online autism community for free visit www.adultandgeriatricautism.com.

 

Learning objectives 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to

  • identify four reasons autistic women may lack a correct diagnosis.
  • identify ten common manifestations of autism in females.
  • describe ways in which autism characteristics may shift during times of hormone changes.
  • apply learned information to clinical examples across the lifespan

Course outline 

  1. Overview of Diagnostic Disparities Between Males and Females on the Autism Spectrum
  2. Reasons Females May Fly Under the Diagnostic Radar
  • social behavior
  • internalizing features
  • traditional female stereotypes
  1. Common Misdiagnoses and Associated Diagnoses
  2. Why A Correct Diagnosis Matters
  • risks of a missing diagnosis
  • benefits of a correct diagnosis
  1. Characteristics of Autism in Females
  • social communication and relationships
  • camouflaging
  • restricted repetitive behaviors
  1. The Impact of Hormone Shifts on Autism Characteristics
  • puberty
  • menstruation
  • pregnancy
  • menopause
  1. Clinical Examples
  • adolescent
  • adult
  • mature adult

Course interaction & system requirements 

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led polls.

Registration (add hyperlink) for the webinar will be through Zoom.  On the day of the webinar, you will log-in using the link provided by Zoom.  Log-in will be available ten minutes before the start.  To be eligible for Live CE credits, you must be logged in the entire time.  Entry to the webinar will be closed 5 minutes after the scheduled start time.

System requirements: 

This webinar will be hosted through Zoom.  Upon registration, participants will be provided a link that they can use to access live from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart device.   If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we recommend you allow yourself 10-15 minutes before the event begins to assure you are able to successfully log in.   If you have any difficulties or questions, contact aviva@zurinstitute.com

Fee  $49.00

Tokens and discounts may not be used with webinars.

Course completion & CE info 

Course completion requirements: At the end of the webinar, you will be provided a link that allows you to register for the “course” where you will take a post webinar test, complete an evaluation and download your CE certificate.

That link will also be emailed within an hour after the webinar is over. For those wanting to review the webinar, a recording will be included as part of the “course” the day following the webinar.  For Live CE credit hours, you will have 30 days following the end of the webinar to login to your account at Zur Institute to complete the post webinar test and evaluation.

If you pay and either miss part of the webinar or are unable to attend: Don’t worry. You can still obtain CE credits (though not live) by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation You will receive an email notification when the recording is ready for viewing no later than 5 days after the webinar is over.

Our Live Webinars are live and include ample opportunity to interact with the presenters. They qualify as in-person continuing education in most states.  Each state sets its own requirements for licensure, including continuing education requirements, to maintain licensure. Questions about CE requirements for state licensure should be directed to your state board.

For psychologists outside of New York State, CE hours are designated as home study.  For all other professionals, Live CE certificates will be provided

CE credits for all other professions including New York licensed psychologists, will be provided by Zur Institute.

Zur Institute has been approved to provide Live CE credits by the following boards.

Social Workers: Zur Institute, provider #1113, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 06/1/2018 – 06/01/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Zur Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6036. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Zur Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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