Applications of CBT to Address Emotional Functioning in Youth with ASD

Monday & Tuesday, July 24 & 25, 2017

Jonathan Weiss, PhD, CPsych
CIHR Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research; Associate Professor, York University

SFU Harbour Centre

Applications of CBT to Address Emotional Functioning in Youth with ASD

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Level Intermediate/Advanced
For Mental Health Professionals; Clinicians; Psychologists; Social Workers
Approach Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Focus Life span
Autism-specific? Focused on autism but also relevant to co-occurring conditions
Co-sponsored by

This conference is part of ACT’s Online Mental Health and Autism Initiative, supported by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the University of British Columbia. Additional support provided by Simon Fraser University.

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About the Event

This two-day intensive training is for mental health clinicians experienced in CBT with an interest in adaptations relevant to neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD, learning disability). Day 1 is open to a more general audience but an understanding of CBT is required. Day 2 is for clinicians only. Registrants for Day 2 must attend Day 1.

Day 1 - Understanding mental health problems and ASD – evidence-based case conceptualization to inform treatment planning

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize common emotional and behavioural problems associated with ASD
  • Differentiate mental health problems from ASD symptoms
  • Conceptualize common case frameworks that can inform CBT planning
  • Consider ethical issues in working with individuals with ASD using a CBT framework - including  a panel discussion

Day 2 - Principles of cognitive behavioural therapy for youth with ASD: Common therapeutic activities and adaptations

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and explore adaptations to commonly used CBT techniques
  • Learn about common strategies employed to assist in developing a therapeutic alliance with youth with ASD receiving therapy

About the Presenter

Weiss_photoDr. Weiss holds the Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research. He is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto. Dr. Weiss' research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with ASD and/or intellectual disabilities across the lifespan. He is interested in their health service needs, their emergency service use, and their experiences of psychiatric crisis. Families play a critical role in the health of people with developmental disabilities by providing them with care and enabling their access to health services, and he is currently focused on learning about the experience of family caregivers. He is interested in program development and evaluation, and in particular on the impact of Special Olympics on the psychological well-being of participants, and of cognitive-behavioural and social skill interventions to promote resilience and improve the mental health of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Watch Dr. Weiss speak on Thriving in Youth in ASD: What Does it Take? from October 2015. 

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in
9:00 - 10:15 Session 1
10:15 - 10:45 Morning break (coffee and light snacks will be provided)
10:45 - 12:00 Session 2
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (bring or buy your own)
1:00 - 2:15 Session 3
2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon break (coffee and light snacks will be provided)
2:30 - 3:30 Session 4 - Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues in Working with Individuals with ASD Using a CBT Framework

Note: Day 2 will have the same schedule, except there will be no panel discussion during Session 4. 


Day 1 Only (Monday) - also available via live web stream

Early Bird ends  June 14, 2017 $175
Regular Rate ends July 12,  2017 $225
Late Rate begins July 13, 2017 $275

Both Days (Monday and Tuesday)

Early Bird ends  June 14, 2017 $300
Regular Rate ends July 12,  2017 $350
Late Rate begins July 13, 2017 $400


ACT’s live events are self-supporting through registration fees and sponsorship; we do not receive government funding. ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants. We prioritize family members and autistic adults for bursaries which are given in the form of lower registration fees. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration for those who want to join our online audience. Learn more about how to register using the ACT event bursary program. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office ( for more information. ACT provided over $11,000 in bursaries in 2019 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.

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