Dec. 3, 2020

Virtual Workshop

Autism & Trauma: Exploring Effects and Strategies
A collaborative workshop offered virtually by the Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin and Minnesota

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Trauma has a powerful capacity to shape a person’s physical, emotional, and social health and development. No less profound is the toll that persistent trauma exacts on individual behavior, processing, and community living. Though trauma is pervasive, there are many misconceptions about its identification, presentation, and treatment.

It is critically important that we understand the manifestation and impact of trauma in diverse communities, particularly amongst those with disabilities and neurodiversities. As research begins to address this intersection, we are learning that there are many autistic children and adults who have been exposed to trauma and who experience its impact daily. Autistic processing combined with trauma can have cumulative and complex effects on sensory processing, social development, emotional regulation, executive function, and more.

The evolving study of the impact of trauma is necessary for the development of awareness, screening, and supports for a growing number who cope with childhood or adult trauma in their lives.

The Autism Societies of Minnesota and Greater Wisconsin invite autistic individuals, caregivers, mental health professionals, direct service providers, and more to a virtual one-day workshop during which leading professionals in our region will explain the compelling intersection between autism and trauma in children and adults. Learn about the models for understanding traumatic experience, as well as possible interventions, accommodations, and adaptations for individuals with autism.

Certificates of Attendance for six content hours will be provided for continuing education credit.

Trauma Workshop Flyer

More details about the sessions and presenters are noted below.

*Content Warning: This workshop will directly address the subject of trauma. While our speakers will not share graphic descriptions or visualizations of traumatic events, the topic may be taxing. Watch our registration page for updates that can help you prepare for the content as well as resources and supports for self-management.

AuSM Member: $75
Non-Member: $95
Individual with ASD: $65

Scholarship applications and third party payer/purchase order options are available on the registration form.


About the Sessions and Presenters

Session 1: Keynote

9-11 a.m.

A Neurodivergent Brain in a Neurotypical World: Neurology and Trauma in the Autistic Experience
Presenter: Phyllis Solon, PsyD, LP

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Session 2

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Interplay Between Sensory, Trauma, and Autism
Presenter: Jen Bluske, OTR

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Session 3

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Now is Not Then: Identifying and Treating Trauma with Autistic Clients
Presenter: Sara Lahti, MA, CCTP

EMDR and ASD: Barriers and Successes
Presenter: Beth Pitchford, MA, LPCC

Choosing Acceptance and Appreciation: Supporting Autistic Individuals in Non-Autistic Environments
Presenter: Barb Luskin, PhD, LP

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Become a Sponsor

The Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin and Minnesota present this virtual one-day workshop during which leading professionals will explain the compelling intersection between autism and trauma in children and adults. Become a sponsor of this important workshop organized for individuals with autism, caregivers, direct service professionals, mental health providers, and more. Sponsorship benefits include acknowledgement during the event, logos on the MN and WI websites, social media mentions, and more. Show your support of this community by becoming a sponsor.

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Thank you, Sponsors