Autism Spectrum Disorders and Criminal Justice

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST)
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training & CE credits: $100.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology, NBCC Counseling, ASWB Social Work

To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continue to become embroiled in tragic and often preventable circumstances necessitating intensive criminal justice system involvement. This happens despite the exhaustive efforts of parents, educators, advocates, therapeutic providers, and professionals within the criminal justice system.  According to current estimates of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, one in 45 adults in the United States are identified with ASD. This makes ASD one of the most frequently occurring developmental disabilities in the United States. Autism remains undiagnosed for many individuals for a variety of reasons, yet it occurs frequently within all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups and is five times more likely to affect males.  

While many states now require law enforcement professionals and members of the criminal justice system to receive annual training about ASD, these overviews are often inadequate and frequently fail to assist criminal justice personnel in understanding and supporting clients with ASD. Moreover, there is a significant scarcity of forensic personnel who understand ASD, leaving those on the spectrum at increased risk of victimization and ineffective rehabilitative programming.

Participants in this online training with Dr. Spence, a world-renown expert in the treatment and assessment of justice-involved people with autism, will receive detailed information about ASD along with documented case examples that illustrate the consequences facing ASD clients within the criminal justice system and practical strategies for identifying characteristics of ASD in non-diagnosed clients.  The training will include information about current literature regarding comorbid disorders and disparities in diagnoses among minority groups. Participants will also receive practical suggestions for preventing ASD clients from violating the law and strategies for intervening with ASD clients who have violated the law.

Training Topics Include:
1) Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 
2) Core elements of ASD that contribute to problematic behavior
3) Discussion of peer-reviewed research about individuals with ASD who engage in illegal behavior 
4) Review of anonymized case examples
5) Suggestions for assessment tools 
6) Suggestions for therapeutic intervention 
7) Practical recommendations for practitioners assessing, treating, and supervising clients with ASD.

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Summarize the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the DSM-5
2) Describe current trends in peer-reviewed literature/research related to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who become involved with the criminal justice system
3) List specific evidence-based standardized assessment tools utilized in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
4) Recognize the differences between sexual behavior problems associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) versus the presentation of other mental health disorders
5) Describe several evidence-based, therapeutic intervention strategies recommended for clients with ASD who engage in problematic and/or illegal behavior

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm. The charge is $100. Each registration includes a certificate, whether it be for CE credits hours or for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Criminal Justice has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3863.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Criminal Justice, Course #4134, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence LLC. 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: 04/22/2022 – 04/22/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical continuing education credits.

Notice to providers of New Jersey SW Continuing Education:
• ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16.
• Participation in the ASWB ACE Course Approval Program requires that the provider abide by all of the criteria set forth by New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 44 G Subchapter 6.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC
Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

Kim Spence, Ph.D.
Clinical Director of Autism Support Services for Specialized Treatment and Assessment Resources, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida

Dr. Kim Spence is the Clinical Director of Autism Support Services for Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources and has worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) since 1999. For the past 20 years she has lectured internationally regarding treatment supports, targeted therapeutic intervention, and the creation of specialized sexuality education programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Spence began providing sexuality education training for parents, teachers, and care providers of individuals with ASD in 2000 and has offered numerous trainings focused on the creation specialized educational, social, and behavioral interventions to support healthy sexual knowledge for individuals with ASD across the life-span. She has been training emergency responders, law enforcement personnel, and members of the criminal justice system since 2001 and serves as a consulting editor for the journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and on the editorial review board of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR).

Additional Information

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