MA Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Autism Clinical Lecture Series

The DDS Statewide Autism team offered a series of four clinical lectures designed to increase the expertise of individuals working to support autistic adults. The target audience was DDS and EHS staff, and community clinicians working for our partnering Provider organizations.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center team offered 4 Synchronous presentations on Autism, with a focus on mental health and medical comorbidities in adults. These presentations will serve as trainings for the Department of Developmental Services Clinical Staff and Clinicians from the Provider Community (e.g. Psychologists, SWs, and LMHCs). The purpose is to increase their knowledge about how to provide evidence-based care for autistic adults who also suffer from comorbid psychiatric conditions. The goal is to increase provider’s knowledge and comfort in working with autistic individuals and about the unique needs related to caring for these patients, particularly regarding behavioral health concerns and how to communicate across systems.

The lectures took place between January 24 and March 13. The links to the webinar recordings are posted below, along with the accompanying presentation slides in a PDF format.

Autism, Mental Health and Medical Comorbidities – Jean Frazier MD, Executive Director, Eunice Kennedy (E.K.) Shriver Center, Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UMass Chan Medical School. Medical Director, MCPAP ASDID.

Webinar Link

Therapeutic Supports, Behavioral Intervention & Psychopharmacology – David Cochran MD, Medical Director, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Faculty Member; E.K. Shriver Center; Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UMass Chan Medical School.

Webinar Link

Presentation Slides

Agitation, De-escalation, and Approaches to Enhance Safety – Jean Frazier MD, Executive Director, E.K. Shriver Center, Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UMass Chan Medical School; Medical Director, MCPAP ASDID

Webinar Link

Systems, Support & Communication – Mary Beth Kadlec OT, ScD, OTR. Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA; Adjunct Faculty, E.K. Shriver Center, UMass Chan Medical School.

Webinar Link

Presentation Slides

 

Additional Information: Continuing education (CE) credits for this program are being processed by Berkshire AHEC. If you are seeking CE credits for this program, then it is necessary that you follow the steps in the linked PDF to receive CE credit: Continuing Education Credits Information