New! Treatment of Depression in Individuals with ASD/DD/ID – 11/13/18

Presented by: Professor Peter Sturmey

Date: Tuesday, 11/13/18 Time: 10:00am-1:00pm eastern

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Continuing Education and Professional Development:

  • Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 3 type II hours LIVE and Recording
  • Psychologists:  3 CEs LIVE and Recording
  • Social Workers/Certified Counselors:   not eligible for CEs
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Individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, like others, experience depression and may indeed greater risk than others due to poverty, poor social skills, limited social support networks and stigma. Until recently depression in this population were 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 these disorders. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of clinical issues related to managing individual cases.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will describe:

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 disability and autism; and

5. Application of behavioral activation for depression.



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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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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 Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specialized 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 has been a resident speaker at ABAC for almost 5 years and is 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 law. There he supervised behavioral services and Masters level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and implementing 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 has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxemburg 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.


Presenter 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.




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