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January 30, 2009

La Salle University to Hold Workshop on
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Best Practices in Assessment
and Intervention on February 4

Peter Doehring, Ph.D., Director of Regional Programs at the Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will be the featured speaker at the Philadelphia Behavioral Therapy Association’s (PBTA) workshop to be held at La Salle University on Wednesday, February 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and licensed clinical social workers can receive continuing education credits for attending the workshop.

Interest in ASD has grown exponentially in past years, as the number of ASD diagnoses rises. As interest in ASD has grown, so has the research into the treatment and possible causes.

For his presentation, “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Best Practices in Assessment and Intervention,” Doehring will address local and national efforts to set standards for evaluation and evidence-based intervention of ASD, and discuss examples of programs designed to build capacity and expertise.

“La Salle University recognizes the challenges that come with autism spectrum disorders and the difficulties families face,” said Donna Tonrey, Psy.D., LMFT, Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at La Salle. “As the number of ASD diagnoses continues to grow, it is extremely important to have programs such as Dr. Doehring’s workshop in place to prepare students, faculty, and clinicians to address the needs and challenges of families facing ASD.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may cause severe and pervasive impairment in thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. ASD includes disorders such as autism, pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome.

The February 4 workshop will be held in the Dan Rodden Theatre in La Salle University’s Union Building. The workshop is free for La Salle faculty, staff, and students and PBTA members. Admission for non-PBTA members is $25 and non-PBTA students is $10.

The PBTA workshop is one several ASD-related initiatives currently under way at La Salle University. In January, La Salle began offering a 12-credit certificate program for educators on teaching children with ASD using a multidisciplinary approach. In addition, La Salle will host the 3rd Annual Autism Conference, co-sponsored with Green Tree Partnerships, on May 1, 2009. Entitled Autism Spectrum Disorders: Perspectives on Transitions, the day-long conference includes 12 innovative workshops.

For additional information about the February 4 workshop, visit