RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


DPW, WPIC Offer Training in Diagnosing Autism in Children
May 1, 2007

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) have collaborated on a two-day train the trainer program designed for professionals on standards and guidance for diagnosing children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The training will provide a structured framework to guide clinical teams in implementing high quality evaluations for children with ASD as recommended by the DPW-sponsored Pennsylvania Autism Assessment and Diagnosis Expert Work Group.

Following the recommended stages and levels of evaluation, participants will learn ways to utilize practical standardized assessment instruments synthesizing information from various stages of the assessment and identify co-occurring and differential diagnosis of ASD across age groups. The assessment instruments and the stages of assessments are those recommended by the work group. The planned outcome is to provide professionals and clinical teams with a consistent and standardized approach to assessing and diagnosing children with or at risk for ASD. This program is funded by DPW and is free of charge. Attendees requiring continuing education credits will be asked to complete an attendance form and submit it with payment after attending the program. Complete information and registration is available online at www.wpic.pitt.edu/oerp/Regional/Pi51Flyer.htm

Trainings are scheduled in:

  • Harrisburg/Grantville, May 7 – 8
  • Pittsburgh, May 14 – 15
  • Scranton, May 21 – 22
  • Allentown/Bethlehem, June 4 – 5
  • Philadelphia, June 6 – 7
  • Williamsport, June 11 – 12, and
  • Bedford, June 18 – 19.

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