**Registration is now Closed**
Autism, Drugs and Alcohol
Luciana Randall, M.R.C.
Executive Director, Autism Connection of PA
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Act 48 and Social Workers Credits Available
Autism Connection of PA
35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
Recommended audience include drug and alcohol treatment professionals, teens and young adults with ASD, parents and extended families, regular and special education teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, clinicians, advocates, psychologists and all those desiring knowledge about ASD.
At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the special nature of the autistic brain, its unique structure and functioning
- Discuss how this impacts emotional regulation, communication, and social abilities
- Talk about common co-occurring depression and anxiety disorders and the potential for people to attempt self-medication
- Demonstrate understanding of current drug and alcohol treatment and suggestions for adapting methods to accommodate needs of autistic people
Lu received her masters of rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University in 1987. She began working in the fields of chemical dependency and physical rehabilitation, specializing in autism since 1994. Beginning as a TSS and mobile therapist in Pennsylvania's Wraparound system, she working in family homes for many years until she provided professional development training as a consultant in 2002. She has continued to teach about autism and related disorders for educators, first responders, therapy professionals, lawyers, and families. She has been the executive director of the Autism Connection of PA since 2010. Here she enjoys building collaborative relationships with regional community nonprofits and medical providers interested in developing their autism skills to include people of all ages with ASD.