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High Functioning Autism

Proven & Practical Interventions

Presented by Jay Berk,Ph.D.

Friday, November 23, 2018  |  Halifax, ns

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has now been extended until 20/11/2018

Workshop Description

This intensive, full-day workshop provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioural techniques to help you analyze behaviors and actions, identify consequences for behaviours, and teach new skills to children, adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). Walk away with practical intervention techniques for social success, behaviour changes and overcoming challenging co-occurring behaviours that deliver success through adulthood. The challenging co-occurring issues to be addressed include:

  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Sensory
  • Anxiety/Rigidity
  • Depression
  • Meltdowns & tantrums
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Non-compliance

Gain valuable insight into common psychotropic medications, including both the helpful effects and potentially problematic side effects, that these individuals are prescribed. We will explore HFA and the new DSM-5® diagnosis of Social-Pragmatic Communication Disorder. You will receive the necessary tools to gain effective collaboration between clinicians, educators and parents. Don’t just manage these individuals; provide interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years!

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DSM-5® and ICD-10 Updates

  • Social-Pragmatic Communication Disorder
  • Impact on service delivery (school/community)
  • Successfully link home, school and therapy
  • Co-morbid disorders: Why the difference is important

Social Skills Interventions

  • Improve social skill deficits
  • “Kid Cop” behaviours and why other kids get angry
  • How to get peers to recognize them in positive ways
  • Group activities that have a proven track record
  • Early intervention programs that deliver long-term success

Communication Interventions

  • Conflict resolutions that are effective in multiple settings
  • Help peers, siblings and parents relate
  • Verbal interventions that overload processing
  • Pragmatic language and other abstract issues

Sensory Interventions

  • Self-stimulation (appropriate & inappropriate)
  • Sensory strategies to avoid
  • Coping/calming techniques that reduce meltdowns
  • Sensory Diet

Anxiety Interventions

  • Anxiety reducing activities
  • How anxiety impacts rigidity
  • Help them “self-regulate”
  • Successful transitions

ADHD Interventions

  • ADHD vs. hyper-focus
  • How medications are often prescribed wrong
  • Specific triggers and what fuels the rage
  • Reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviours
  • Mistakes that escalate defiant behaviours
  • Overcome refusals to comply with even simple requests

Depression Interventions

  • Low mood vs. irritability in youth
  • Impact on flexibility and change
  • Therapy that works for people with HFA
  • Emergence in adolescence
  • Solitude vs. loneliness

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize several social skill interventions to improve long-term success for children/adolescents with HFA
  • Employ specific coping and calming techniques for children/adolescents with HFA
  • Identify medication side effects that can mimic behavioural issues and may even cause behavioural issues
  • Design effective strategies for successful transitions for children/adolescents with HFA
  • Select specific behavioral interventions that target the most difficult behaviours in children/adolescents with HFA
  • Summarize the DSM-5® diagnosis of Social-Pragmatic Communication disorder and design treatment interventions for each

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Jay Berk, Ph.D.

Jay Berk, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in the child/adolescent behavioural field who brings both a clinical and education perspective to his work with children, adolescents and their families. For over 25 years, Dr. Berk has been treating clients with ODD, ADHD, autism, anxiety and stress, depression, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. He conducts 15 social skills/mental health groups for children and adolescents and works daily with school and community professionals, families and parents. Dr. Berk continually consults for several school districts. In his private practice, in Beachwood, Ohio, he provides therapy for children, adolescents, families, testing and evaluation, school consultation as well as designed and facilitates alternative educational program..



“Great approach/style by Jay – good mix of humour/serious material. Dynamic speaker.”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Enjoyed. I was engaged. Felt it was relevant, realistic, practical.”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Dr. Berk is an exceptional presenter. This is the first workshop that I have attended and felt like the presenter has lived and worked with the material! Fantastic presenter and workshop!!”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Thanks! You were funny and made learning fun! You did a great job!!”
– Angie Helder | Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Loved the humour he used throughout. Loved the format of audience participation, chatting with the group, slides, videos, and how open Dr. Berk is to questions. Could listen to him all day!!”
– Oakville, ON | November 24, 2017


“Presenter was very knowledgeable on the subject matter. He was entertaining and kept the audience focused and engaged.”
– Winnipeg, MB | November 23, 2017



Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel

250 St Margarets Bay Rd, Halifax, NS B3N 1J4

phone:  902.477.5611

fax:  902.404.3376

website:  bestwesternatlantic.com/hotels/best-western-plus-chocolate-lake-hotel

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

November 21-24, 2018

Standard Room: $115 + tax

To make a reservation over the phone please call the front desk at 902.477.5611, please refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate.

*Please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $229
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199
Individual Enrollment $409 $429
Group 3-7 $389 $409
Group 8-14 $369 $389
Group 15+ $349 $369
Full-Time Student $349 $369

For more information on Student Rates, click here

For more information on Group Rates, click here

Fees do not include applicable taxes (15% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: November 20, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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