September 1, 2015

Asperger's and Autism Across the Lifespan: Challenges, Strengths and Techniques from Childhood to Marriage

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A.
Stephanie Holmes

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Webinar Presenter

 

Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A., is an ordained minister and Credentialed Christian Counselor with the Board of Examiners for Georgia Christian Counselors and Therapists and was formerly an LPC in North Carolina. She is a Board Certified Christian Counselor through the AACC's Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors and a Certified Autism Specialist. Stephanie's career path changed when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2004. She began to change her focus to the world of IEPs and 504 educational plans and understand how to help special needs students in the classroom. In addition, she also helps families deal with the frustrations and challenges of having a special needs child. Stephanie practices counseling at her home church, Calvary Atlanta, and Dunwoody United Methodist Counseling Center, and advocates for special needs families. She specializes in Aspie-NT marriage therapy and has clients across the country through Skype consultation.

Abstract

When the DSM-IV introduced the term, Asperger's Syndrome, research exploded onto the scene discussing the nuances of Asperger's vs. High Functioning Autism (now Autism Spectrum Disorder). As clinicians and educators began to understand this syndrome, focus narrowed in on the pre-school to elementary age of ASD. Those diagnosed with Asperger's in the 1990s are now adolescents or young adults... some are married with children of their own. What does this mean for older adults who are just now receiving the diagnosis of ASD? In our study of Autism Spectrum Disorder, we often neglect the life spectrum and different challenges and transitions with each stage of life. This Webinar will examine challenges, strengths, gifts, and issues arising on the Autism Spectrum through the continuum of life from elementary years, adolescence, young adulthood, significant relationships, and what are now referred to as Aspie-NT marriages.

Participants will:

  1. Learn about the stages of grieving and transitioning from the day of diagnosis to the impact the diagnosis has on everyday family life: How does ASD impact a family when a child is diagnosed? What about when a spouse is diagnosed later in life?
  2. Explore challenges and issues spectrum teens face, including complex cases of co-morbidity of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and gender identity dysphoria
  3. Identify nuances and challenges in Aspie- Neuro-Typical marriages and strategies that are beneficial to working with this complex marriage issue
 
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October 20, 2015

The New Christian Counselor: A Fresh Biblical and Transformational Perspective

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Ron Hawkins, D.Min, Ed.D.
Ron Hawkins

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Webinar Presenter

 

Ron Hawkins, D.Min. Ed.D., is Liberty University's vice president for academic affairs and provost. Dr. Hawkins has more than 20 years of experience in mental health counseling and counselor training. He serves on the Executive Board for the American Association of Christian Counselors and is a frequent presenter at AACC's World and National Conferences and Marriage and Family events. Dr. Hawkins is the coauthor of Strengthening Martial Intimacy and The Quick-Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling.

Abstract

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