Friday, March 2, 2018
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

Missed Diagnosis and Failed Treatment Opportunities: Why Clinicians Should Know about Invisible Autism in Adults

6 CE and 6 OASAS Clock Hours

Lunch is included.

Many individuals on the autism spectrum go through childhood, their adolescence and adulthood without being properly diagnosed. This can lead to maltreatment and punitive approaches for perceived non-compliance, when in fact characteristics related to autism can impact therapeutic outcomes.

This training is designed for mental health care workers who have contact with individuals that exhibit symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, and 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 and enhanced understanding of how many individuals—particularly people of color and women—are misdiagnosed.

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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About the Instructor

Dena Gassner is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work at Adelphi University and has an 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 Simon Baron-Cohen, Ph.D.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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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 hours. 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 CEs; “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.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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