Friday, April 21
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University Hauppauge Center
55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
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Missed Diagnosis and Failed Treatment Opportunities: Why Clinicians Should Know about Invisible Autism in Adults

Continuing Education, Event, In-Person Workshop, Social Work CE, Workshop

6 CE and 6 OASAS Clock Hours

Many individuals with autism spectrum conditions make it into late childhood, adolescence and adulthood with inaccurate diagnoses; some receive maltreatment and punitive approaches for perceived non-compliance when in fact, characteristics related to autism can impact therapeutic outcomes. This training is for any mental health worker who has contact with individuals presenting with depression, anxiety, phobias, medication difficulties, PTSD, eating disorders and other conditions that often co-occur with autism, but are misinterpreted as the primary presenting condition. Clinicians will leave this training reconsidering their past and current clients with a new, enhanced understanding of how so many individuals–particularly people of color and women–are missed with this condition.

Learning Objectives
1. Participants will analyze the characteristics of autism in less obviously presenting clients through the lens of the DSM 5 changes.
2. Participants will explain possible adaptations and accommodations that such clients may require for a successful therapeutic relationship.
3. Participants will be able to describe female presentations of autism.

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Dena Gassner

About the Instructor

Dena Gassner is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Welfare at Adelphi University and has a M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky. She is on the Board of Directors for the Arc US and provides articles to many publications nationwide. She has contributed chapters to Scholars With Autism: Achieving Dreams and College for Students with Disabilities. She is an award winning advocate for autism related issues and has presented at multiple national conferences (Autism Society; Arc US; TASH; IMFAR) and has expanded her outreach internationally to include the United Nations in Geneva, University of Birmingham (UK) and the team of researchers at Cambridge working with Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen.


Continuing Education Credit

  • Social workers: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
  • Psychologists: Adelphi University School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.The School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.
  • CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for earning or re-credentialing for CASAC.

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEUs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact Araceli Palacios at 516.877.4343 to request such accommodations.

For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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