2019 Mental Health Conference
October 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Beyond Behaviors: Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Autistic Individuals
Presented by Sharon Hammer and Lisa Hoeme
Join us for a one day workshop that will explore the intersection of mental health and autism. Speakers Sharon Hammer and Lisa Hoeme will present “Beyond Behaviors: Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Autistic Individuals.” This training is designed for individuals on the spectrum, parents, teachers, and other professionals that work to support the mental health of autistic individuals.
Mental health concerns are common for individuals on the autism spectrum, yet their struggles in this area often go overlooked and untreated. In this training, we will explore what individuals with autism share about their experiences and the impact living with autism has on their mental health and well being. We will explore the myths and realities of autism and mental health, with a focus on building understanding around the complexities of how these two areas intersect for individuals. This training will provide specific resources for those looking to learn more about the complexity of helping a person manage multiple conditions, particularly for those on the autism spectrum. This training is designed for individuals on the spectrum, parents, teachers, and other professionals that work to support the mental health of autistic individuals.
Workshop Learning Objectives:
- Learn ways to enrich the mental health and well being of autistic people
- Increased awareness of symptom presentation of common mental health diagnoses that can co-occur with autism and how they may present differently for an autistic individual
- Identify contributing factors to anxiety and depression in individuals with autism
- Develop skills to individualize support strategies to match the individual and their neurology
- Develop an understanding of how to adjust support and treatment strategies when working with non-verbal or less verbal individuals
- How to recognize signs of possible crisis and resources available for someone in crisis
About the Presenters
Sharon Hammer, MS, LPC is an Educational and Behavioral Consultant and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has over 20-years of experience working with children and individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Sharon is a partner at Imagine a Child’s Capacity, where she provides training and consultation to schools, community members, and parents. Sharon has co-authored two books and DVDs about using technology to support individuals with autism, entitled Lights! Camera! Autism! With Star Cinema, Sharon co-created the first “Sensory Friendly” movie going experience in the state of Wisconsin. Sharon is committed to increasing awareness and possibilities throughout the community for individuals on the spectrum.
Lisa Hoeme, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Educational and Behavior Consultant and a partner at Imagine a Child’s Capacity where she provides training and consultation to schools, community agencies and parents. She has more than 18 years of clinical experience serving an expansive range individuals and families, including those with autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, attention difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression. In her counseling practice, Lisa uses a variety of approaches, including mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, collaborative problem solving and interpersonal neurobiology. She uses these modalities as a catalyst to help clients work through difficult life experiences, develop effective coping and relaxation strategies and to express themselves authentically. Lisa is committed to helping those she supports to achieve personal growth and overall well-being using a positive, individualized and person-centered approach.
Registration Price Types
Member* — $100
Non-Member — $125
Individual w/ ASD — $50
Note: Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.
*If registering at the membership price type, we will verify your membership.
Important Registration Information
- Online registration is preferred. All paper registration forms must be complete and accompanied with a check, purchase order, authorization, or Visa, Discover, or MasterCard credit card information.
- An e-mail confirmation will be sent once your registration has been processed. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact us to ensure your registration was received. Important information will be emailed prior to the conference.
- Written cancellation requests must be received by October 7th, and will be charged a $25.00 processing fee.
There is a room block available at the Osthoff for the night of Wednesday, October 16th for a discounted rate of $104.00. Please call the Osthoff at (855) 876-3399 and request a room under the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin Room Block.
Guest Rooms include:
- King-size bed (single and double rooms available in room block)
- Bathroom with two-person whirlpool bath
- Private balcony
- Wet bar, small refrigerator and microwave
Deadline to reserve a room in the room block is September 23, 2019. Discounted rates and availability are not guaranteed after this date.