Treating Pediatric Anxiety and Depression in the Context of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 8 am to 4 pm (6.0 instructional hours)
Place: Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia City Avenue (4100 Presidential Blvd, Philadelphia PA)
Fee: $100 – includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments with beverage service throughout the day, plus handouts and certificate (mailed post-event).

Early registration discount – $90 if you register before September 25.

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Who Should Attend

Psychologists, masters-level social workers and professional counselors and other healthcare professionals who work with anxiety and depressive disorders in youth, and wish to treat these conditions in the context of autism spectrum disorders.  Appropriate for intermediate level practitioners.

About the Program

Most children with autism spectrum disorders also suffer from co-occurring anxiety and mood symptoms that are associated with substantial functional impairment. Clinicians who treat these disorders often find that doing so in the context of autism spectrum disorders can be especially challenging.

This full-day seminar will focus on anxiety and mood psychopathology among youth on the autism spectrum, with special emphasis on differences in symptom presentation that have implications for the application of CBT. The seminar will emphasize practical, hands-on recommendations for how best to modify CBT to meet the needs of this population. The program will include detailed clinical examples of modified CBT interventions, videotaped segments of treatment, and extensive discussion with participants about their own cases, along with ample time for questions.


Learning objectives

Upon completion of the instructional program, participants should be able to:

  1. Summarize the presentation of anxiety and depressive symptoms in the context of autism, and how symptoms may differ from those identified in neurotypical youth.
  2. Differentiate symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (e.g., focused interests, inflexibility about schedules) from comorbid anxiety and depressive symptoms that would be targeted in a modified CBT approach.
  3. Apply exposure based therapy for anxiety disorders in the context of working with youth on the autism spectrum.
  4. Apply behavioral activation strategies for mood symptoms in the context of working with youth on the autism spectrum.
  5. Recognize which symptom presentations will likely present challenges to success in applying CBT in clinical practice, and how to overcome such barriers to successful treatment.
  6. Describe the theoretical models that underlie our understanding of autism spectrum conditions, and use this foundational knowledge to anticipate problems likely to be encountered in clinical practice with these patients.

Program at-a-glance

8 amRegistration and continental breakfast
8:25 amWelcome (housekeeping) and presenter introduction
8:30 - 10 am

Instructional program: Psychopathology and assessment strategies

  • Anxiety in youth
  • Depression in youth
  • Assessment/differential diagnosis in context of autism
10 - 10:15 amBreak
10:15 – 11:45 am

Instructional program: CBT theory and application in ASD

  • Exposure and application in anxiety treatment
  • Behavioral activation and application in depression
  • Challenges posed to using these treatments in autism context
11:45 – 12:30 pmLunch (provided)
12:30 – 2 pm

Instructional program: CBT treatment and application in ASD context

  • Using exposure for anxiety in ASD
  • Using behavioral activation in ASD
  • Involving families in treatment/addressing accommodation
2 – 2:15 pm

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Instructionalprogram: Troubleshooting and case discussion

  • Intolerance of affect
  • Behavioral and cognitive rigidity
  • Introducing flexibility withinflexible clients
  • Discussion of audience cases/finaldiscussion
3:45 – 4 pmCompletion of participant evaluations andcontinuing education certificate request forms

Meet the presenters

Martin E. Franklin, PhD, is a nationally renowned expert whose clinical and research interests have focused on developing effective treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), OC-spectrum disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors, as well as the study and treatment of anxiety and depressive psychotherapy in youth with autism spectrum conditions. Dr Franklin serves as the clinical director of Rogers Behavioral Health’s Philadelphia location. Dr. Franklin is also an associate professor emeritus of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where he has been honored for teaching excellence by his colleagues on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

Continuing education credits

Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by his/her licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

All participants who complete and submit a participation evaluation and request for continuing education credit forms upon departure will receive a certificate in the US mail within two weeks. Psychologists and social workers must attend entire event to receive CE credit.

Social Workers: Treating Pediatric Anxiety and Depression in the Context of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Course #2540, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 07/08/2019 - 07/08/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 6 clinical practice continuing education credits.

Professional Counselors: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6192. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 6.0 instructional clock hours will be awarded.

Psychologists: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Rogers Memorial Hospital designates this live seminar for 6.0 continuing education credits; no partial credits will be awarded.

Other professionals: Rogers Memorial Hospital | Rogers Behavioral Health will issue a certificate of attendance commensurate with the extent of your participation in this activity.


The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the seminar date. Registrations are taken on a first come, first serve basis until enrollment capacity is reached. All registrations must be pre-paid. If registering within two weeks of the seminar, call 262-646-1356 for space availability.

Online registration is recommended. Go to for secure online registration and payment with your PayPal account or major credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express). If you prefer to pay by check, you may click here to download the registration form and mail with your payment. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email, US mail or FAX.

Please note

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your registration, please email or call 262-646-1356. Please note that no refunds will be given.

Special Needs: ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law; please indicate your special needs at the time of registration.

Grievances: If a grievance arises pertaining to continuing education activities or processes, please contact the CE chair to submit a complaint via confidential email to:, or by mail to: Nancy Goranson, PsyD, Rogers Memorial Hospital, 11101 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53227, as soon as possible, so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion.

Questions or concerns: To review the program agenda prior to attendance, or if there are questions or concerns not addressed in this announcement, please email or call 262-646-1356.


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