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


Adelphi Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
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Missed Diagnosis and Failed Treatment Opportunities: Why Clinicians Should Know about Invisible Autism in Adults

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

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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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.
  • Mental Health Counselors: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0068
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: Adelphi University is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0038
  • 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 clock hours.

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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 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.”

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:

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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