Event Registration - Indiana Psychological Association
Homestudy Program: Speaking 'Spectrum: Modifying Assessment and Treatment Strategies to Better Serve Adults with ASD (Burkhardt & Merrill, orig. 4.12.2024)
6/19/2024 - 12/31/2050

Location: Virtual Event

Event Description

We are pleased that you are interested in IPA's Homestudy Continuing Education Programs!

This process is straightforward:  Watch the recording. Complete the evaluation and pass the short test. Receive CE certificate via email.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email, including a critical link and confirmation code. At the very bottom of the email message, you will find an Attendee Confirmation Code for (name) and a link to Log in to event portal at (link). Once logged in, you will see instructions and links to the recording as well as the evaluation and test.


Originally offered as:
IPA 2024 Webinar Series
1.0 Hours of Category I CE credit

Friday, April 12, 2024 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Speaking 'Spectrum: Modifying Assessment and Treatment Strategies to Better Serve Adults with ASD
Across the CDC surveillance sites, an average of 1 in every 36 (2.8%) 8-year-old children were estimated to have ASD in 2020, with ASD reported to occur in all gender, racial and ethnic groups. However, ASD has been recognized since the 1990's. This means there are many ASD adults and their families who experience the lifelong co-existing symptoms of mood dysregulation, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and impaired social, relational, and occupational functioning. This population needs the help of caring psychologists who offer ASD-informed and neurodiversity-affirming treatment. The presentation provides evidence-based and practice-derived best practices for (a) modifying treatment goals and therapy to best serve ASD persons, (b) incorporating family support into adult ASD therapy, and (c) making co-existing psychological disorders the focus of treatment through an ASD lens.

Learning Objectives: 
By completing this program, participants will able to:
1.    Identify and discuss the unique features of treating adult patients with ASD.
2.    Modify evidence-based treatments to improve engagement of adult patients with ASD.
3.    Compare, contrast and integrate the "medical" model of ASD with the"neurodiversity" model.
4.    Utilize strategies to create ASD-informed and ASD-affirming therapy.
5.    Respond to the need for psychologists to serve this diversity group of patients, the neurodiverse.

Presenter Bio:  Sandra Burkhardt, Ph.D., ABPP
Sandra Burkhardt, Ph.D., ABPP is a late-career clinical psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum, across the lifespan. She is a staff therapist at CRG of Indianapolis where she provides telehealth services for adults with ASD and their families. She  is board certified in Clinical and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 

Dr. Sandra Burkhardt

Presenter Bio:  Anna Merrill, Ph.D., HSPP
Dr. Anna Merrill is a psychologist who specialized in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities as well as other social, learning, and behavioral challenges. She has a particular interest in assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including the female presentation of ASD and the intersectionality with gender identity and expression. Dr. Merrill currently provides only assessment services.

Dr. Merrill completed her doctoral training at Indiana University – Bloomington and has experience as part of the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program. She has also worked as a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and is currently an adjunct professor in the School Psychology Program at Indiana University – Bloomington.

Dr. Anna Merrill

Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice. Non-Indiana licensees are also advised to check with their state's licensing board to assure their state accepts continuing education programs approved by entities approved by the APA.
We ask that all participants watch the entire recorded presentation, and complete the post-program evaluation form and homestudy test at the conclusion of the program. Drs. Burkhardt & Merrill and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email within two weeks after a passing test (75+%) is submitted. 
Registration Fees
IPA Platinum - $15
IPA New, Premier, & Emeritus-Practicing - $20
IPA Basic, Academic, Emeritus-Retired, & Affiliate Members - $25
Non-Members - Psychologists & Other Professionals $40