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Understanding Autism from a Social Work Perspective

July 11, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
3 CEU/clock hours
Location: 115 Stillman Hall


This workshop will cover the ideology, diagnostic components and interventions for Autistic youth and adults. The role of social work with individuals on the Autism spectrum and their families will be examined in detail. Model program interventions will be discussed.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • To describe the contributing causes and treatment modalities of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • To articulate the psychosocial, communicative and behavioral factors of Autism
  • To describe the role of social work in intervening with and supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum & their families


Meet your presenter: 

Tom Fish obtained his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling at The Ohio State University and his MSW at the Boston University School of Social Work.  He was the recipient of a yearlong Research Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (1999).  Fish’s research and clinical interests are in the areas of adult literacy, community inclusion, sibling support, and transition services particularly for those with high functioning autism and their families.  He is the founder of a nationally recognized adult literacy, friendship and community inclusion program called the Next Chapter Book Club.  He also is the founder of Aspirations—Ohio’s oldest and largest social/vocational transition support program serving young adults with high functioning autism and their families.  Fish was instrumental in establishing the National Sibling Leadership Network and was the founder Ohio SIBS (1999).  Both of these organizations promote advocacy, support, and information exchange for and with adult brothers and sisters of people with developmental disabilities.     .

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio CSWMFT Board. Our social worker is: RST111002.