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 Utah Psychological Association

New Perspectives on Autism: Assessment and Treatment Through the Lifespan

  • April 21, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Livestream event via Zoom – Zoom link will be sent 2 days prior to the event


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The event offers 6 CE credits 

Course Overview:

This course will include: DSM5 Criteria, Assessment tools (interviews, rating scales, observations), Assessment Overview for child, teen, and adults, female presenting autism in girls and women, co-morbidity versus rule out (anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders), and traditional and contemporary treatment overview.

Course Objectives:

1. Develop an understanding of historical and current perspectives on autism spectrum disorder.

2. Develop a basic understanding of different assessment approaches and measures and their pros and cons.

3. Be able to understand and describe the different presentation of autism in girls and women compared to traditional symptoms present in “male autism”.

4. Develop awareness of co-existing diagnoses and how to distinguish autism from similarly presenting disorders.

5. Develop an understanding of historical and current perspectives on the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

Presenter: Dr. Julia Connelly

Dr. Julia Connelly was born in Leipzig, Germany and moved to Utah as a young adult. She graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and German, and later received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Utah. Her interest in Autism started when she worked with young children with autism during her undergraduate career and became involved in autism research. Dr. Connelly’s graduate research focused on better understanding effective treatments for difficult behaviors in autism. She completed an internship and post-doc at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) where she gained more clinical experience beyond autism. She also worked as a school psychologist for three years in Jordan School District. After working at UNI as a staff psychologist in the department of psychiatry, she became the clinical director of the University’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic, which she expanded from a one-psychologist-clinic to a clinic with 4 full-time clinicians and an early intervention and behavior support program serving children, adolescents, and adults with autism. In January of 2018, she founded The Autism Clinic to build a community clinic that emphasizes individuals’ strengths and gifts while providing therapeutic support for everyone to reach their full potential in life. In the summer of 2020, she helped create the non-profit organization Spectropolis, which serves individuals and families affected by autism by offering social connections, activities, and events.


   UPA Members Non-Members of UPA 
 On or before April 14, 2023  $125  $225
 After April 14, 2023 $150   $250

 UPA Student/Resident Members Non-Member Students /Residents
 No Charge  $15

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