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Friday, February 14, 2014

A Conversation about Asperger's Syndrome and Depression

From AANE.org
The Asperger's Association of New England


 February 14, 2014

AANE, MGH/Aspire and Families for Depression Awareness have combined resources to address a poorly-understood aspect of living with Asperger's Syndrome (AS). The conference will focus on the intersection of AS and depression.

Topics will include how to recognize signs of depression in those with AS; how AS and depression interact and influence one another; and approaches to intervention and treatment.

This conference is intended primarily for professionals in the fields of education, mental health and social services. Adults with AS and family members are also very welcome. 

When:   8:30am - 4:45pm Friday, March 14, 2014

Where: Ellsworth Theatre at Pine Manor College
                 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA

Learn More and Register

Speakers:
  • Jean Frazier, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at UMass Medical School
  • Mitch Abblett, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA, Director of Behavioral Studies at NESCA, Behavior Analyst and Public School Consultant
  • Plus: First-person presentations by adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS), family members of children and adults, and professionals sharing their experience with AS/related conditions and depression, interspersed throughout the day.
About the Speakers

Jean A. Frazier, M.D. is the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent NeuroDevelopment Initiative (CANDI), at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). She is also Vice Chair and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UMMS and UMass Memorial Medical Center, and Medical Director of the Center of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO), which was formed in June 2013.

Mitch Abblett, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director of the Manville School, a therapeutic day school in Boston serving children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. He maintains a private practice and is the author of several papers on youth mental health needs as well as the book The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients (Norton, 2013). He conducts national/international trainings on mindfulness and its applications.

Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA is a board certified behavior analyst, special educator and Director of Behavioral Services at NESCA in Newton, MA, as well as a school consultant to clients nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). She is also co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport, M.D. (Harvard Education Press, 2012).

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