Autism Professional Training Program
Contact: Director: Annette Estes,
Core Function: Professional Training
The mission of the Autism Center (AC) Professional Training Program is to increase the capacity of the Puget Sound area to serve children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by providing high quality training to community professionals and to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.
The AC Professional Training Program prepares professionals to provide consultation and direct service to children with ASD, and to train and supervise other professionals and paraprofessionals in schools, early childhood centers, hospitals, and other community agencies. Professional training experiences are available to students at different levels of education. Part-time internships of nine to twelve months are offered to graduate students in psychology each year. Post-doctoral training is open to clinicians in the fields of clinical psychology, developmental psychology, school psychology and education. These are generally full-time twelve month fellowships, but a half-time appointment may be arranged if needed. Master's and doctoral level clinicians receive shorter term training through the UW Continuing Education Program, and residents or fellows are provided direct clinical training and supervisory experience in working with children and adolescents with ASD.
The AC Professional Training Program also offers a variety of training opportunities to service providers and the general public throughout the year. These include in-service training and consultation to schools, community agencies and mental health settings, as well as, a hands-on supervised program for home therapy assistants hired by parents. The training is conducted by AC early intervention consultants and can be applied toward certification requirements to become a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst.
Every summer the AC hosts a week-long intensive training course for the general public that provides a survey of intervention strategies for children and adolescents with ASD. This is an introductory course that emphasizes the most recent, research-based recommendations for services and intervention for children at different ages.