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First Friday Forum: Working on the Spectrum: ADHD, ASD and Sensory Processing
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, August 03, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: First Friday Forums

Working on the Spectrum: ADHD, ASD and Sensory Processing

Friday, August 3, 2018

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

This presentation is designed to advance diagnostic training for clinicians related to the comorbidity presentation of ASD, ADHD, SPD and other diagnoses. The diagnostic presentation and challenges posed by ASD and ADHD change significantly across the lifespan, particularly with regard to higher-level social, organizational, and other executive functioning demands associated with advancing age.

For instance, a preschooler will present differently than an adolescent dealing with sexual identity, or a freshman going off to college, or an adult with relationship issues. Each developmental stage requires sophisticated diagnostic skills and specific knowledge of the discriminatory use of interventions. Although the understanding of each separate disorder is helpful, the comorbid disorder presents a unique set of challenges and pitfalls. The diagnosis of both ADHD and ASD is based on behavioral symptoms. Both conditions frequently encompass deficiencies in communication and social interactions with peers, attention, and higher-order executive functions. In addition, clinicians will identify evidence-based practices appropriate for comorbid ADHD and ASD.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Invitation to Psychology Poster Session: All Friday Forum attendees are invited to stop by the Metro State Psychology Department Student Poster Session held at noon on August 3 in the Founders Hall Reception Area right behind the Friday Forum registration table. Everyone is welcome!

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and differentiate diagnostic criteria and relevant research for ADHD, ASD, SPD and comorbidities.
  2. Explain the special & unique needs for patients with comorbid ADHD and ASD.
  3. Recite at least three evidence-based interventions for patients with comorbid ADHD and ASD.

About the Presenters:

Gary G. Johnson, Ph.D., LP, received his Ph.D. through Counseling and School Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1987. He is the proud recipient of an MPA 2018 Distinguished Elder Award. He practices at CALM-Clinic for Attention, Learning & Memory and specializes in the assessment of complex cases of attentional concerns in children and adults.

Joanne Search-Johnson, M.A., M.Ed., LMFT, received her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota. She currently works at Hopkins Public Schools, District 270 as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and also at the Calm Clinic as a Consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Amy Carrison, Psy.D., LADC, received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum in day training program and group home settings. She has experience in psychological assessment and testing with the goal of providing individuals with targeted interventions to overcome areas of need.

Nicholas Spangler, Psy.D., received his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in 2017. He currently is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Fraser, providing psychotherapy for adults with autism and evaluations through Fraser’s neuropsychology and Autism Center for Excellence departments.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-up registrations are welcome!

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by July 20 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after July 20 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.