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Plans Before Pills - A kinder, safer approach to medications in Autism

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online WEBINAR


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Presenter: Dr. Joshua D. Feder


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

2 CEUs


All too often an autistic child is upset, goes to a doctor, and receives one of the two FDA approved medications for irritability in autism. While these medications, risperidone, and aripiprazole, can be helpful, even life saving at times, they also can have very troubling side effects. There are many important steps to consider before using these medications, or any medications. This talk will cover the steps in our new algorithm for sorting out what is behind the upset of other autistic symptoms and how to address these problems more directly, and more safely for our autistic clients and their families.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Participants will be able to practice from the perspective of a reversed form of bio-psycho-social care ie social-psycho-bio informed care in considering common symptoms and challenges in autistic clients.
  2. Participants will be able to analyze current psychotropic treatment as it relates to target symptoms developmental aspects, and informed consent for common mental health conditions in autistic children and teens.
  3. Participants will be able to employ an effective strategy for building more productive collaborative relationships with prescribers of psychotropic medications for their autistic clients.

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

            • Closed Captioning available


            Dr. Joshua Feder is a child and family psychiatrist with a clinical practice in Solana Beach, California, Editor in Chief at the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, author of the Child Medication Fact Book for Psychiatric Practice (2nd Ed 2023) and Medical Director at Positive Development, providing affordable developmental relationship-based support for autistic children and their families nationwide. He is the father of an autistic son and the son of an autistic father. Dr Feder cowrote the first American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Parameter on the Assessment and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Feder teaches, conducts research on approaches to autism early childhood and on employability of autistic individuals and helps run the Autism Is inclusion program, the only active antibullying program certified by the State of California Department of Education. Dr Feder speaks internationally and many of his talks and podcasts are available online at www.joshuafedermd.com

            This is a District Meeting coordinated by the San Diego 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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