Alabama Autism Pre-Conference Workshop
February 22, 2024 | Bryant Conference Center
1:00-4:00 PM

Workshop Option 1: Empowering Autism Identification and Diagnosis in Primary Care
This workshop will provide primary care providers with practical tools and strategies to make diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder for children with obvious symptomatology in their practice. A review of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5th Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria, hands-on application of those criteria, billing considerations, and use of decision aids and other practice tools to streamline the process will be covered.

Speaker: Justin Schwartz, M.D., Associate Professor, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Heersink School of Medicine, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Workshop Option 2: Adapting Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for Autistic Individuals
As the rates of autism increase, mental health providers are seeing an increase in the number of individuals with autism seeking mental health services to address concerns related to anxiety, depression, executive function, and social skill building. Traditional strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy often need to be modified to meet the unique needs of this population. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss strategies for adapting traditional CBT approaches when working with older children, adolescents, and adults with autism.

Speaker: Sarah Ryan, Ph.D., The University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Registration Fee

The registration fee for the pre-conference is $50.00 per person. The fee includes CEUs and beverages.

Continuing Education

The pre-conference is planned to meet the various requirements for professional development from the following organizations. As these continuing education (CE) applications are approved, we will update this page to reflect the number of approved CE hours available:

  • Continuing Medical Education: 2.75 Hours
  • Alabama Board of Nursing: approved 3.8 contact hours
  • Alabama Psychological Association: 3.0 Hours
  • Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners: approved 3.0 contact hours
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (ACEP# 7285): approved 3.0 contact hours

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge of 100% of the registration fee will be assessed on cancellations occurring within seven (7) days of the start of this session. Refunds will not be granted after the program has begun. The University of Alabama reserves the right to cancel, postpone or combine class sections, to limit registration or to change instructors. To cancel your registration, contact the Registration Services department at 205-348-3000.

Special Accommodation Requests

Note: The University of Alabama is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Accommodation requests should be made at least 30 calendar days before the program date. Please email your request to


For more information, contact Emily Townsend at or 205-348-0356.