Dr. Jonathan Weiss is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University and Clinical Psychologist. He completed a predoctoral residency at Surrey Place Centre (Toronto, ON), and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry. He currently holds the federal Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research. His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or intellectual disabilities. He studies the impact of stressors, such as bullying or transitions, and how cognitive behaviour therapy can help youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have mental health problems. Dr. Weiss conducts studies of the changing service needs and barriers to service use for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across the lifespan. He is a member of the York Region ASD Partnership, a collection of 22 agencies, hospitals, school boards and government bodies that are working together to improve service delivery to individuals with ASD in Ontario. Provincially, he holds membership on the Ontario Working Group of Adults with ASD, and a position as a member of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Service’s Clinical Expert Committee in Autism, where he provides input to government regarding ASD treatment policies. Federally, he is appointed by Health Canada to serve on the Canadian Autism Partnership Working Group, tasked with developing a federal agenda to address issues facing Canadians living with ASD and their families. He also serves as a Director on the Board of Special Olympics Canada and Chair of their Program Committee, informing programming for over 35,000 Canadians with disabilities each year.
CBT and Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Individuals with ASD
October 21, 2016 28 09:00AM - 04:00PM
CEU: 6.0 units Type II BACB® CE Credit - no additional cost
Individuals with ASD often struggle with managing anxiety, anger, or depression, and increasingly, cognitive behaviour (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) is being used to help address these difficulties. This workshop will review the evidence base that supports the use of CBT and MBT for individuals with ASD, and presents a novel 10-session manualized intervention that focuses on improving emotion regulation skills in 8- to 12-year-olds with ASD and at least average intellectual functioning.
1. Learn about transdiagnostic case conceptualization of emotion regulation
2. Learn about the principles of CBT and MBT that can address emotion regulation impairments, including how to incorporate these activities into clinical practice.
3. Develop ideas in how to adapt traditional CBT and MBT activities to best suit the needs of clients with ASD.