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ASI/ASWNY Fall Workshop

Autism Services, Inc. and the Autism Society Western New York Chapter are pleased to present….

Mental Health and ASD
Bridging the Gap

Dr. Michael Cummings, MD
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
Classics V Conference and Banquet Center
2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228

Dr. Cummings has over 15 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults for all major psychiatric conditions and developmental challenges in a wide array of community and institutional settings. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Community Affairs and Outreach for the Department of Psychiatry of the University at Buffalo, Associate Medical Director of Erie County Medical Center, and was the former Medical Director of NYSTART (Region 1). In 2014, Dr. Cummings co-founded “APIC: Access to Psychiatry Through Intermediate Care” with APIC’s Clinical Director, Janelle Van Cleeve. He also serves as the Medical Director of the program. The APIC team provides medical and social resources to families in crisis at no charge.

This workshop will provide an overview of mental health issues that co-occur in those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Cummings will discuss a variety of mental health disorders, including, (but not limited to) ADHD, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Bipolar Disorder, and Mood Disorders. Differential diagnosis is used to help determine if the issues presented by the individual are attributed to their diagnosis of autism or if a possible mental health issue exists. Dr. Cummings will also explore the role of commonly used psychiatric medications, as well as their pros and cons to the individual. This workshop will also discuss how to interface with the individual’s mental health provider to maximize treatment outcomes. In addition, Dr. Cummings will discuss the APIC Program (Access to Psychiatry Through Intermediate Care). Established in 2014 by Dr. Cummings and APIC’s Clinical Director, Janelle Van Cleeve, the APIC team provides medical and social resources to families in crisis at no charge. By linking families with these pivotal services, the individual in need can potentially avoid hospitalization by addressing four key areas. These areas include medical needs, alternative behavioral health therapies, improving the home environment, and providing breaks for caregivers. This workshop is geared for individuals with ASD, parents, and professionals.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering ASHA CEU credit through the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY), and New York State Education Department Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy State Board Approved Continuing Competency Units for OTs/COTAs/PTs/PTAs through Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists, PLLC (APOT)! Both SHAWNY and APOT are co-sponsors of this workshop. The cost and CEU credit information are listed below:

Disclosure: Financial – Dr. Cummings does have a financial relationship as he is employed by University Psychiatric Practice, Inc. The speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Registration Category Price Continuing Education Credits Available
Parent/Individual with ASD $13.00 per person n/a
Speech-Language Pathologists
& Audiologists
$39.00 per person .35 ASHA CEUs
OTs and COTAs $39.00 per person 3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs; .3 AOTA CEUs CATEGORY 2: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS (Evaluation, Intervention, Intervention Process); 3.75 NBCOT PDUs; .3 IACET CEUs recognized by NBCOT & NYS OT Board
PTs and PTAs $39.00 per person .3 NYS Approved PT Board CEUs
Other Professionals/ Paraprofessionals/Students $29.00 per person No CEUs awarded

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Online Registration

Please note that online registration is now closed. We will be accepting walk-in registrations the day of the event; however, walk-in registrations will be charged the $10.00 late registration fee in addition to the prices listed above. Anyone planning on walk-in registration should contact the Autism Society at (716) 633-2275. Mail-in registrations must be received by the Autism Society no later than Friday, October 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Please note that walk-in registrants are not guaranteed to receive handouts/packets. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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Please contact the Autism Society WNY Chapter at (716) 633-2275 for information regarding walk-in registration availability.   Please note that a $10.00 late fee will be added to the prices above if registering after October 8, 2018. 

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. You MUST be pre-registered to be guaranteed handouts/packets.  Handouts/packets are not guaranteed for walk-in registrations.

On-site registration will be available the day of the workshop; however, a $10.00 late registration fee will be added to the prices listed above. Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Download “Mental Health and ASD – Bridging the Gap” Brochure here


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