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Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Co-Occurring Mental Health Challenges: The START Model in Action in San Diego

  • Thursday, March 07, 2024
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online WEBINAR


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Presenters: Symone Pompey, LCSW & Wajdi Aker Fakhoury, MFT


Costs:  CSCSW Member: FREE | Students: FREE
Nonmember (with CEUs): $65 | Nonmember (no CEUs): $40

2 CEUs

This event will be recorded.


This presentation is tailored for professionals and community members who are interested in gaining insights into San Diego START's efforts to provide support for individuals and systems navigating both Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and co-occurring mental health vulnerabilities. Our objective is to share vital information about ASD, the START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) Model, and San Diego START’s efforts in working with this population. Throughout the presentation, we will showcase the systemic and strength-based approaches utilized by San Diego START’s clinical teams. Additionally, we will highlight START's guiding principles and the therapeutic models employed by San Diego START’s Clinical Team to enhance the effectiveness of care systems for individuals navigating both IDD – including ASD -- and co-occurring complex mental health vulnerabilities.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1.  Attendees will acquire knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including its diagnostic criteria and common biopsychosocial factors to consider when working with this population. This objective will provide insights into the complexities of ASD, promoting a holistic understanding of the condition and its intersection with mental health vulnerabilities. 
  2.  Comprehend the START Model and Its Application: Attendees will delve into the START Model's principles and methodologies, and understand how San Diego START leverages it to support individuals and systems navigating both IDD -- including ASD -- and co-occurring mental health challenges. 
  3.  Participants will explore the systemic and strength-based approaches used by START clinical teams in their efforts to foster resilience and promote growth among supported individuals and systems. Additionally, the presentation will touch upon the PERMA model and wellness strategies for enhancing well-being.

        Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM WEBINAR.  

        • Closed Captioning available


        Symone Pompey has served as an integral member of START San Diego’s leadership team since the program’s inception. Symone – a Licensed Clinical Social Worker – currently serves as Regional Director of Exodus Recovery’s START Programs. She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Long Beach, where she specialized in serving older adults and families. Symone's dedication to her work and her profound understanding of both social work and START principles have made her an invaluable asset to the team.

        Wajdi Akef Fakhoury has served as a Clinical Director for three START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment) programs across California. He currently serves as Clinical Director at CA-START San Diego. Wajdi’s expertise lies in intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring complex mental health challenges. Wajdi's approach to care is holistic and utilizes a biopsychosocial lens while integrating cultural competence, PERMA, and person-centered care. He holds a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy and is currently advancing his research as a doctoral candidate in the field of international and multicultural psychosocial health.

        This is a District Meeting coordinated by the Mid-Peninsula District

        This DISTRICT MEETING meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

        Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

          Cancellation Policy

          • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
          • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
          • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

          Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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