PBTA invites area, empirically-oriented, CBT and ABA professionals to a networking luncheon where you are welcome to bring your business cards and one brochure or flyer to share your practice, and more importantly to get to know one another. Due to space, you must attend the morning program, described below, in order to join us for the luncheon.
The morning begins with three presentations serving as an update on the understanding and treatment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Details are below. We offer 3 CEs for which you must attend the full 3 hour presentation (9-12); per APA, we cannot allow partial attendance if you want to earn CEs. You do not need to stay for the luncheon, but we hope you will. The presentation from 10-11am will additionally offer 1 CE from the BACB for behavior analysts. The cost of lunch and all CEs is included in the program.
Juhi Pandey, PhD: Research Findings from the Center for Autism Research: Highlights and Important Implications - The presentation will focus on the recent research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) over the last decade, many topics of which have been conducted by the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The presentation will cover three broad topics: behavioral phenotyping, the use of technology, and genetics. Coverage of behavioral phenotyping studies will include longitudinal data investigating cognitive and adaptive functioning across the early developmental period of children at risk for developing ASD. There have been many technological advances across the years, including the use of eye tracking, EEG, and MRI to help identify early biomarkers for the identification of characteristics associated with ASD. Finally, the genetics of autism will be discussed as well as large scale studies underway at CAR to help identify possible genes that may be implicated in ASD. All of the researchers studies discussed during this presentation are geared toward better understanding the autism phenotype as well as factors causing the expression of this disorder.
Amanda Fisher, PhD: Best Practices in Assessment and Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - The research literature on intervention strategies used to treat the characteristic behavioral excesses and deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder has expanded at an overwhelming rate over the last few decades. This can make it difficult to evaluate and summarize for parents, students, and practitioners. This presentation will include a rationale for evidence-based practice and a discussion of the methods of identifying evidence-based practices. This session will review examples of interventions considered to be evidence-based by various research synthesis organizations in the area of autism intervention as well as general best practice guidelines in the assessment and intervention for children with ASD. In addition, current advances in research from the field of applied behavior analysis will be highlighted and resources for finding practitioners, research articles, or other professional development in the interventions will be given.
Beth Rosenwasser, PhD, LPC, BCBA-D: Successful Transition to Adult Life with Self Advocate Spokespersons - Beth Rosenwasser will present successful strategies to promote successful inclusion and transition of people with ASD to independence in the community. She will highlight specific clinical strategies and real life examples of how her program supports increasing social success using a model of communities within expanding communities. JCHAI self-advocates will each share about their relationships, work, families, and activities using multimedia storytelling.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
Juhi Pandey, PhD, Center for Autism Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - Dr. Pandey is a pediatric neuropsychologist and scientist at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2001 from the University of Rochester, she worked as a research assistant at The Kennedy Krieger Institute at John's Hopkins University on projects studying infants at risk for developing autism and other developmental disorders. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2008. She completed her clinical internship at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with a particular focus on neurodevelopmental disorders and comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with high functioning autism. She came to CAR to complete her postdoctoral fellowship and remained on as one of the supervising clinicians. Today, she is the Principal Investigator and lead clinician conducting deep clinical characterization of participants coming through various research protocols spanning the lifespan. Dr. Pandey has a special interest in the early identification and diagnosis of ASD, clinical phenotyping, and brain-behavior relationships that impact diagnosis and treatment outcome and plays a clinical role on a number of infant and toddler as well as school-age studies at CAR.
Amanda Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Temple University - Amanda earned her Masters degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from the Ohio State University. Amanda first received her board certification in behavior analysis (currently BCBA-D) in March of 2007. She has presented research at local and national conferences in a variety of subject areas including: response chains, stimulus equivalence, analysis of verbal behavior, college teaching strategies, feeding disorders, functional assessment methodology, reinforcer qualities and dimensions, communication modalities, staff training, and the treatment of challenging behavior. She has experience in staff and parent training, school consultation (including Response to Intervention and School-wide Positive Behavior Support with the May Institute), developing and conducting community workshops in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders, conducting functional assessments and analyses, treating feeding disorders and developing and implementing behavior change procedures to address severe challenging behavior and academic deficits for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Amanda has also served as an adjunct faculty at Caldwell College, St. Joseph’s University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Temple University, and Rowan University. Previously, Amanda served as the Director of Professional Development, Training, and Research at Melmark where she directed the internal clinical training of staff, coordinated internships and BCBA supervision, coordinated research, served as a senior clinician for a caseload of children, and coordinated a 6–Course BACB-approved certificate program taught at Melmark through Temple University. Amanda is currently an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the College of Education where she teaches and advises students, and coordinates the masters degree and certificate program in ABA.
Beth Rosenwasser, PhD, LPC, BCBA-D, Temple University and Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence (JCHAI) - Beth Rosenwasser has a myriad of credentials to bring an informed perspective to her position as Director of Community Engagement and Program Development at JCHAI. She was awarded the prestigious Conwell Fellowship at Temple University where she completed a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Special Education and Curriculum Design. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Department of Education at Temple University. Reflecting a lifelong endeavor to help create a more just society, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy/Ethics at University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the JCHAI team, she designed and directed treatment programs for children and adults with a range of developmental and behavioral health needs. A cognitive behavioral therapist, she is the current president of Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association, VP of Lower Merion School District’s Committee for Special Education and has been in private clinical practice for over 20 years. Beth collaborates with organizations for fun mutual learning opportunities. She and JCHAI self-advocates are available to give presentations, focus groups and workshops at your school/organization.
This presentation is intended for mental health professionals, researchers, and graduate students. The instructional level of this presentation is appropriate for all levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program provides three (3) hours of CE credits. The presentation from 10-11am will additionally offer one (1) CE from the BACB for behavior analysts. PBTA is also an authorized provider for CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
Full attendance is required to obtain CE credits for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.
Garage parking is available for $5. A map of the campus with parking information can be found here.
Although a number of treatment approaches have been investigated in the treatment of pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure with response prevention has been one of the most effective psychological treatments (Lewin et al., 2005; POTS, 2004), with an average response rate of 60-74% or higher (Connolly & Nanayakkara, 2009; van der Leeden et al., 2011). In order to further improve this treatment-response rate, empirical studies have identified several external and internal factors that are associated with pediatric treatment-resistant OCD (Bystritsky, 2006; Flessner et al., 2011; Franz et al., 2012; Storch et al., 2008). Accordingly, treatment gains can be maximized when mental health practitioners identify and intervene with factors external to the youth while also working directly with youth resistance. In order to improve outcomes and minimize the need for a higher level of care in inpatient and residential settings, there is a need to disseminate and deliver efficacious psychological treatment for pediatric treatment-resistant OCD within an outpatient setting. The complexity of pediatric treatment-resistant OCD typically requires an intensive treatment schedule, flexibility of treatment goals, and the use of a tailored multisystemic evidence-based approach that targets patient-specific external and internal factors (Bystritsky, 2006; Mennin, 2006; Storch et al., 2008). This talk will review basic information regarding the nature and evidence-based treatment of pediatric OCD. This talk will describe the delivery of intensive, multisystemic evidence-based treatment within an outpatient setting for youth with treatment-resistant OCD. Furthermore, the talk will present ways in which exposure with response prevention may be tailored to incorporate internal and external factors that maintain treatment resistance. Lastly, a model will be presented for a comprehensive individualized intensive outpatient treatment program which has the goals of maximizing compliance and treatment response among youth with treatment-resistant OCD.
Dr. Brigette Erwin founded and directs one of the few Philadelphia-area providers of evidence-based treatment for the anxiety and related disorders. The organization’s programs include The Anxiety and OCD Center, Dr. Erwin Consulting, and Coaching for Calm and Confidence™. Distinguished by its use of evidence-based practices and onsite training of all providers, The Anxiety and OCD Center is one of the Philadelphia region’s largest practices specializing in the treatment of the anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Erwin Consulting provides evidence-based strategies to meet and exceed client’s personal, professional, and corporate objectives. Coaching for Calm and Confidence™ delivers in digital format evidence-based strategies for creating calm, confidence, and successful relationships.
Dr. Erwin has close to twenty years of experience as a psychologist, business developer, and business owner. Dr. Erwin received her PhD from Temple University, completed a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Erwin is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Public Relations Chair of the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association, and Admissions Board Member and Consultant to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. She is honored as a 2017 Woman on the Move by Main Line Today.
Erin Roemer is a licensed psychologist and the Assistant Director at the The Anxiety and OCD Center. Dr. Roemer has a wealth of experience providing evidence-based interventions to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Roemer received her PsyD in Combined Clinical and School Psychology from Kean University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at The Anxiety and OCD Center and completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake School. Dr. Roemer serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Public Relations Chair of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association Executive Board.
This presentation is intended for mental health professionals, researchers, and graduate students. The instructional level of this presentation is intermediate.
This program provides three (3) hours of CE credits. PBTA is also an authorized provider for CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.