Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioral Treatment Approaches
This activity offers participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. It will examine three pivotal aspects of care: 1) the role of the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation in providing an accurate and timely diagnosis; 2) the importance of integrating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services with other therapeutic strategies; and 3) strategies to effectively transition patients from higher care levels to ABA-focused interventions. Participants will come away with new knowledge that will promote a patient-centric, supportive and holistic approach to care that can maximize therapeutic outcomes.
PLEASE NOTE: These materials are intended ONLY for those who attended the live webcast held on September 20, 2023.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Behavioral Health.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, and other HCPs who have an interest in learning about autism spectrum disorders and behavioral treatment approaches.
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Examine the objectives and significance of a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation.
- Explain the pivotal role of ABA services as an effective treatment modality for individuals diagnosed with autism and how it can be integrated with other therapeutic interventions.
- Describe the potential pathways for transitioning from higher levels of care to ABA-focused interventions.
Tiffany Hodges, Psy.D, BCBA-D
Director Clinical Operations
Optum Behavioral Health Solutions
Debra Katz, MD
Senior National Medical Director
Optum Behavioral Health
Tina M. Trudel, PhD
Psychologist Peer Reviewer
Optum Health Behavioral Solutions
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
LaRhonda Jones, MD
ECS-Senior Behavioral Medical Director – Central Region
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Behavioral Health. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Optum Health Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credit.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
These materials are intended ONLY for those who attended the live webcast held on September 20, 2023.
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