8:00 a.m.–3: 50 p.m.
106 addressing religion and
spirituality in psychotherapy
107 autism evaluations: Best
practice methods and the dsm- 5
108 common errors in forensic
child sexual abuse evaluations
Spirituality plays a vital role in the lives of many clients and clinicians.
This intermediate workshop presents how to assess the role of
spirituality in coping and mental health and to integrate religious/
spiritual resources in treatment. Drawing on cutting-edge theory
and empirical research, case examples, videotapes, and reflection
activities, the various ways clinicians may address spiritual issues will
be examined. Multiple theoretical orientations (such as cognitive
behavioral and psychodynamic) and empirically supported religion-accommodative therapies will be presented.
Leaders: Edward P. Shafranske, PhD, Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA;
Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Psychologists are increasingly expected to be proficient in identifying
and treating children and adolescents with autism spectrum
disorders. The DSM- 5 diagnostic criteria require psychologists to be
up to date on the best practice protocol for multimodal evaluations
in school or clinical settings. This intermediate workshop teaches
psychologists the range of autism measures necessary to complete a
comprehensive evaluation. Participants will view and discuss clinical
interviews highlighting levels of autism differences. Additional topics
include discussing the diagnosis with parents, writing narrative
reports, and identifying key intervention strategies.
Leader: Marilyn J. Monteiro, PhD, Independent Practice, Dallas, TX
There are serious procedural and reasoning errors in many forensic
child sexual abuse (CSA) evaluations. This intermediate workshop
for practitioners, expert witnesses, and policymakers provides a
scientifically grounded overview of the most common errors made
by mental health professionals and paraprofessionals in forensic CSA
evaluations. Participants will learn how to recognize common errors,
understand the causes of these errors, explain the errors to legal fact-finders and others, and avoid the errors in their own practice.
Leader: Steve Herman, PhD, University of Hawai’i at Hilo, Hilo, HI
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