Protecting & Treating Children with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Widener University, Chester PA
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Protecting & Treating Children with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities

This year's conference will explore the sexual abuse prevention and treatment needs of children and youth who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability.

In the opening plenary session at Widener University's Lathem Hall, Dr. Beverly Frantz from the Temple University Institute on Disabilities will explore the perceptions and the realities of sexual violence in the lives of children with disabilities.

After that, Acting First Assistant Essex County, New Jersey Prosecutor Robert Laurino will talk about his experience prosecuting cases involving the abuse of individuals with disabilities -- including the infamous "Glen Ridge" case involving the violent gang rape of a teen with intellectual disability by four high school athletes, which received national attention.

The afternoon workshops held at Widener's University Center will build on the morning's themes. Dr. Frantz will present on the slippery slope from sexual health to sexual violence for children/young adults with intellectual or cognitive disabilities. Dr. Jordan Weisman, Vice-President of Clinical Operations at Philadelphia Mental Health Centers, will discuss the assessment and treatment of adolescents with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder who have concerning sexualized behaviors.

Continuing Education Credits

Participants must complete post-conference forms to receive continuing education credits.

  • Psychologists: The Institute for Clinical Psychology of Widener University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Widener University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Social Workers: The Center for Social Work Education of Widener University is a preapproved provider by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education credits for licensed social workers.
  • AASECT: This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 6 CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment Certificate: This conference counts as 6 elective credits toward the certificate program sponsored by Widener University and Family Support Line. Please indicate on the registration form if you are or would like to be enrolled.


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