Autism Imagine Conference: Autism & Suicide
Thursday, October 21, 2021
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Registration open through 10/20/2021 9:59 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)


Autism Spectrum Disorders - PROSPER

By: Kent Corso, PsyD, BCBA-D




Dr. Kent A. Corso is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst. His career in suicidology began almost two decades ago, while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Corso has researched, developed and evaluated suicide prevention programs across the North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Most recently, he developed PROSPER, an evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention program for medical professionals, administrators, public officials, community members and other stakeholders. Dr. Corso has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers on suicide and is a leading expert in novel scientific methods and digital technologies for analyzing suicide.

A recent study found allied health professionals are less willing to treat clients with suicidal symptoms due to the helpers' self-identified lack of training and resources. Less than 50% of graduate training programs in mental health provide formal instruction on suicide risk assessment, and such training equals 90 minutes on average. Even worse, addressing suicide within the autism community is more elusive and research is scarce. This 90-minute course is a gatekeeper training, intended to help behavior analysts and others in the helping professions increase their competence, confidence and comfort managing suicidal patients. Attendees will learn to understand suicide so that their ability to identify its signs and respond appropriately. This training integrates the most contemporary information in evidence-based management of suicidal persons to help professionals and para-professionals better manage these clients (with and without autism spectrum disorder).





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