UWAC Workshops

Current Workshops

May 14-15, 2019ADOS-2 Intro/Clinical Workshop
May 16, 2019
ADOS-2 Toddler Module Workshop
May 17, 2019ABA: The Basics for Providers
June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019Online Parent Group
June 22, 2019 Addressing Challenging Behaviors for Parents
July 16, 2019
ABA: The Basics (Spokane)
July 17, 2019Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Introduction (Spokane)
July 18, 2019Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Beyond the Basics (Spokane)
July 19, 2019Teaching Executive Functioning and Emotion Regulation (Spokane)
July 23-25, 2019ABA Boot Camp
August 6, 2019Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Introduction
August 7, 2019Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Beyond the Basics
August 8, 2019UW Autism Symposium (Tacoma)
August 14, 2019UW Autism Symposium (Seattle)
August 15, 2019Improving Social Navigation and Social Skills Instruction (Bremerton)
August 16, 2019Teaching Executive Functioning and Emotion Regulation (Bremerton)
August 23, 2019Academic and Organizational Success for Secondary Students


ADOS-2 Introductory Clinical Workshop

WHEN
May 14-15, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST: $530 per person

*Registration closed.

This is a 2-day introductory training on how to administer and score ADOS-2 modules 1-4 and a prerequisite for the Advanced Research Workshop and Toddler Module Workshop. Two live demonstrations and in-depth coding discussions will be provided at the training.

Prerequisites: This training is designed for providers with at least a Master’s level degree and in a professional field related to autism spectrum disorder (e.g. psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physicians, licensed marriage & family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, teachers).

It is recommended that you bring an ADOS-2 manual to the workshop. Manuals can be purchased from Western Psychological Services (WPS). ADOS-2 kits are not required for this workshop.

ADOS-2 Workshop FAQs

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (12 hours max) available for an additional fee. We are NOT approved providers for other CEUs. Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Hotels close by: See this list of accommodations close to the training location

Instructor: Tanya St. John, PhD

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ADOS-2 Toddler Module Workshop

WHEN
May 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST: $265 per person

*Registration closed.

The Introductory Clinical Workshop for the Toddler Module reviews the administration, scoring, and coding guidelines in a lecture, demonstration, and group discussion format. This workshop is appropriate for researchers and clinicians who have completed the Introductory Clinical Workshop on Modules 1–4 and are seeking further training for developing clinical competence using the ADOS-2 with toddlers. The workshop is also appropriate for professionals who have experience in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and formal testing, such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physicians, and psychologists. At the end of the workshop participants will be provided with a training video and protocol to aid further practice.

Prerequisites: All trainees are expected to have prior training in modules 1 – 4 of the ADOS / ADOS-2 (e.g. attendance at an ADOS or ADOS-2 clinical and/or research workshop).

It is recommended that you bring an ADOS-2 manual to the workshop. Manuals can be purchased from Western Psychological Services (WPS). ADOS-2 kits are not required for this workshop.

ADOS-2 Workshop FAQs

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours max) available for an additional fee. We are NOT approved providers for other CEUs. Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Hotels close by: See this list of accommodations close to the training location

Instructor: Tanya St. John, PhD

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ABA: The Basics for Providers

WHEN
Friday, May 17, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Tacoma
Cherry Parkes Building
Room 105
COST: $155 per person

This introductory training is specifically designed for professionals working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The training will begin with an overview of ASD including core symptoms, strengths, and challenges. How ASD symptoms impact learning and behavior will also be discussed. Next, an introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be presented including what it is, an overview of different ABA approaches, and basic behavioral principles used in this therapeutic approach. Finally, additional behavioral support strategies such as reinforcement, punishment, and teaching loops will be discussed.

Course objectives:

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how the characteristics of ASD impact learning
  • Gain a basic understanding of ABA principles, including reinforcement, punishment, prompting, and teaching loops
  • Learn how to teach students or clients with ASD using fundamental behavioral strategies

Who should attend: Providers and educators of individuals with ASD of all grade levels

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours max) available for an additional fee

Instructor: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Navigating Your Young Child’s Autism Diagnosis
Online Parent Group

WHEN
Tuesdays in June, 2019
June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 PM
WHERE
Online
COST: $100 (up to 2 family members)

The time immediately following the diagnosis of autism can be a very tumultuous time for parents. Sifting through recommendations, calling and leaving messages, feeling confused about which steps to take first– all of these and more can leave parents feeling frustrated and discouraged. Across 4 sessions, this on-line parent course is designed to help family members feel supported, while giving practice tools to help them navigate the time after an initial autism diagnosis. Together, we will discuss recommendations, share tips, and learn ideas for interacting with your child in a playful and fun way.

Who should attend: This course is designed for parents of children 5 years of age or younger who have recently had a child diagnosed with autism or are waiting for a diagnostic evaluation.  Your child should be an early learner with emerging to limited language skills.

Content level: Beginner

Facilitator: Ashley Penney, PhD, BCBA-D

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors
for Parents

WHEN
Saturday, June 22, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Tacoma

COST:
$135 – register before June 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after June 1, 2019

Elopement, aggression, and non-compliance and other challenging behaviors can make it difficult to enjoy time as a family.  Learning how factors in the environment can increase or decrease challenging behaviors as well as proactive strategies to combat them can make spending time together less stressful, safer and more enjoyable for all.  This workshop will focus on learning to implement strategies to prevent or minimize challenging behaviors.  In addition to learning about the function of behavior and strategies to implement, participants will have the opportunity to create visuals and other materials to be utilized at home.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • To understand challenging behaviors in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Common motivations or functions of engaging in challenging behaviors
  • How to identify and teach appropriate behavior to replace challenging behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent challenging behaviors and how to manage them when they occur

Who should attend: Parents of children with challenging behaviors of all grade levels

Content level: Beginner

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA and Patricia Matestic, Ph.D.

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ABA: The Basics (Spokane)

WHEN
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
Talbott Center Conference Room
4202 S Regal Street
Spokane, WA 98223

COST:
$135 – register before June 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after June 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and NorthEast Washington ESD 101 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and parents of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Attend one, two, three, or all four trainings.

This introductory training is specifically designed for parents and professionals interacting with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The training will begin with an overview of ASD including core symptoms, strengths, and challenges. How ASD symptoms impact learning and behavior will also be discussed. Next, an introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be presented including what it is, an overview of different ABA approaches, and basic behavioral principles used in this therapeutic approach. Finally, additional behavioral support strategies such as reinforcement, punishment, and teaching loops will be discussed.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will:

  • Learn how the characteristics of ASD impact learning
  • Gain a basic understanding of ABA principles, including reinforcement, punishment, prompting, and teaching loops
  • Learn how to teach students or clients with ASD using fundamental behavioral strategies.

Who should attend: Educators and parents interacting with preschool and school age students

Content level: Beginner

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA and Robin Talley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Introduction
(Spokane)

WHEN
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
Talbott Center Conference Room
4202 S Regal Street
Spokane, WA 98223

COST:
$135 – register before June 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after June 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and NorthEast Washington ESD 101 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and parents of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attend one, two, three, or all four trainings.

Non-compliance, aggression, and eloping can get in the way of everyday activities from going out into the community to learning in school. Understanding how factors in our environment can increase or decrease challenging behaviors is important and will have an impact on how behaviors are addressed. Strategies presented are based on the scientific principles  of ABA and will aim to create a responsive learning environment to prevent challenging behaviors from occurring. Please join us for this introductory workshop on addressing challenging behaviors.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • To understand challenging behaviors in students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Common motivations or functions of engaging in challenging behaviors
  • How to identify and teach appropriate behavior to replace challenging behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent challenging behaviors and how to manage them when they occur

Who should attend: Educators and parents interacting with students with challenging behaviors of all grade levels

Content level: Beginner

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA and Robin Talley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Beyond the Basics
(Spokane)

WHEN
Thursday, July 18, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
Talbott Center Conference Room
4202 S Regal Street
Spokane, WA 98223

COST:
$135 – register before June 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after June 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and NorthEast Washington ESD 101 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and parents of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attend one, two, three, or all four trainings.

Do students you work with have challenging behaviors that are difficult to manage? Do you find yourself out of ideas for how to address challenging behaviors? This workshop is designed to help educators understand and prevent challenging behaviors and builds on a basic understanding of behaviors and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Join us for both of our workshops on challenging behaviors if you want an in-depth experience!

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • Strategies to evaluate functions of behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent, replace, and respond to challenging behaviors, including functional communication training, systems of reinforcement, and non-aversive approaches to redirect behavior
  • How to teach emotion regulation
  • Essential components of a behavior intervention plan

Who should attend: Educators and parents who have attended Addressing Challenging Behaviors: An Introduction or who have received training in addressing challenging behaviors and functional behavior assessment

Content level: Intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Robin Finlayson, MEd, BCBA. LBA and Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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Teaching Executive Functioning and Emotion Regulation Skills
(Spokane)

WHEN
Friday, July 19, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
Talbott Center Conference Room
4202 S Regal Street
Spokane, WA 98223

COST:
$135 – register before June 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after June 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and NorthEast Washington ESD 101 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and parents of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attend one, two, three, or all four trainings.

Individuals with ASD often experience amplified emotional responses and poor emotional control. In this workshop participants will learn what emotion regulation (ER) and executive functioning are, why they are important, how deficits in executive functioning and ER impact students’ abilities to succeed, and strategies to teach and support individuals with ASD to better regulate their emotions and improve executive functioning skills.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • What executive functioning is and how it presents in children
  • How to support students in the classroom to improve executive functioning skills
  • How to support parents/students at home to improve executive functioning
  • What is emotion regulation (ER) and why it is important
  • Factors that impact ER for individuals with ASD
  • How to talk to individuals about their behavior and emotions
  • Strategies to teach individuals with ASD to better regulate their emotions
  • How to embed opportunities to practice ER throughout the environment

Who should attend: Educators and parents of students of all grade levels with deficits in executive functioning and emotion regulation

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Robin Finlayson, MEd, BCBA. LBA and Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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ABA Boot Camp

WHEN
Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-25, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle

COST:
Day 1 Only
$135 – register before June 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after June 1, 2019
Days 1-3
$455 – register before June 1, 2019
$505 – register on or after June 1, 2019

Are you interested in learning more about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how you can use it to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? The UW Autism Center is excited to present a three-day workshop to prepare educators, providers, and parents to work effectively with young and elementary-aged children with autism using evidence-based strategies from principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Day 1: Introduction to ABA Workshop

  • Learn how the characteristics of ASD impact learning
  • Gain a basic understanding of ABA principles, including reinforcement, punishment, prompting, and teaching loops

*Participants may choose to attend only day 1.

Days 2 & 3: Hands-On Experience

  • Opportunities for hands-on practice and live coaching/feedback with children will be provided
  • Learn how to implement DTT and naturalistic ABA teaching approaches
  • Discuss strategies for promoting communication and social interaction
  • Learn how to collect and analyze data
  • Review local resources related to ASD

Who should attend: Parents, educators, and providers working with children with ASD 8 years of age or younger

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours (6 hours per day) available for an additional fee

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Introduction

WHEN
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

Non-compliance, aggression, and eloping can get in the way of everyday activities from going out into the community to learning in school. Understanding how factors in our environment can increase or decrease challenging behaviors is important and will have an impact on how behaviors are addressed. Strategies presented are based on the scientific principles  of ABA and will aim to create a responsive learning environment to prevent challenging behaviors from occurring. Please join us for this introductory workshop on addressing challenging behaviors.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • To understand challenging behaviors in students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Common motivations or functions of engaging in challenging behaviors
  • How to identify and teach appropriate behavior to replace challenging behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent challenging behaviors and how to manage them when they occur

Who should attend: Educators and parents interacting with students with challenging behaviors of all grade levels

Content level: Beginner

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Wayne Lynch, MEd, BCBA, LBA and Ashley Penney, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors:
Beyond the Basics

WHEN
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Seattle
COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

Do students you work with have challenging behaviors that are difficult to manage? Do you find yourself out of ideas for how to address challenging behaviors? This workshop is designed to help educators understand and prevent challenging behaviors and builds on a basic understanding of behaviors and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Join us for both of our workshops on challenging behaviors if you want an in-depth experience!

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • Strategies to evaluate functions of behaviors
  • Strategies to prevent, replace, and respond to challenging behaviors, including functional communication training, systems of reinforcement, and non-aversive approaches to redirect behavior
  • How to teach emotion regulation
  • Essential components of a behavior intervention plan

Who should attend: Educators, providers, and parents who have attended Addressing Challenging Behaviors: An Introduction or received training in addressing challenging behaviors and functional behavior assessment

Content level: Intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Ashley Penney, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Wayne Lynch, MEd, BCBA, LBA

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UW Autism Symposium 2019
(formerly known as STAS)

WHEN / WHERE
Thursday, August 8, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
UWAC – Tacoma

or
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
UWAC – Seattle

*Please register for only one day. The same topic will be presented on both days.

COST: FREE

The University of Washington Autism Center is excited to present the 5th annual summer autism symposium (formerly known as STAS) FREE to educators across Washington state. The topic this year is Supporting Diverse Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and will be presented in both Seattle and Tacoma. Please sign up for only one location.

Join us to learn about the following!

Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Working with Student with ASD in the School Setting
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is assumed to impact individuals equally across racial, ethnic, and cultural divides; however, the research indicates that there is inequality in identification rates. In this session, participants will learn about some of the differences in identification rates both nationally and in Washington state schools, symptom presentation differences, and tips for appropriate identification of ASD in school settings.

Supporting Linguistically Diverse Children with ASD in the School Setting
In this workshop, you will be able to define what it means to be culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD). Participants will be able to identify common myths of linguistically diverse populations and benefits of being exposed to these enriched environments. Participants will be able to describe classroom and treatment strategies to supporting linguistically diverse children with ASD.

Introduction to Neurodiversity and Autistic Culture
In this presentation, you will learn the ways in which the neurodiversity movement has worked to build an empowering approach to autism and disability in general. Participants will be able to identify views and goals of the neurodiversity movement, common disagreements with the professional and parent communities, and current efforts to bridge the gap between the groups.

Girls in ASD
For every 4 boys diagnosed with autism, 1 girl is diagnosed with autism. Girls with ASD have been described as “hiding in plain sight” as research and clinical services have focused on boys with autism.  In this workshop participants will learn how girls with ASD present different than their male counterparts, the challenges for families to recognize and diagnose girls with ASD, and how educators and providers can help increase awareness of girls with ASD.  Included in this workshop will be voices from autistic girls and from parents of autistic girls.

Who should attend: Educators working with students with ASD in special education classrooms across all grade levels.

Content level: Beginner

Clock Hours: Washington State OSPI clock hours (5 hours) for certificated school staff are available for an additional fee. Please bring a check made payable to UW Autism Center for a total of $15.00 ($3.00 per hour).

Presenters: Kawena Begay, Ph.D., NCSP James Engracia, M.A., CCC-SLP Natasha Lewis Harrington, Psy.D. Kathryn Holley, M.Ed., BCBA

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Improving Social Navigation and Social Skills Instruction
(Bremerton)

WHEN
Thursday, August 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
OESD Conference Center
105 National Avenue N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and Olympic ESD 114 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and providers of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attend one or both trainings.

The “unspoken” rules governing social skills are quite challenging for individuals with ASD. Participants will learn basic tools and strategies for assessing and teaching social skills to increase successful social interactions.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • How to assess social skills and interpret others’ social skills assessments
  • Characteristics of evidence-based social skills programs
  • How to apply social skills strategies in everyday contexts: classroom, playground, community

Who should attend: Educators and providers working with students with ASD

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA. LBA and Patricia Matestic, PhD

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Teaching Executive Functioning and Emotion Regulation Skills
(Bremerton)

WHEN
Friday, August 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
OESD Conference Center
105 National Avenue N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

The University of Washington Autism Center and Olympic ESD 114 are excited to partner together again to present a summer workshop series for educators and providers of school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attend one or both trainings.

Individuals with ASD often experience amplified emotional responses and poor emotional control. In this workshop participants will learn what emotion regulation (ER) and executive functioning are, why they are important, how deficits in executive functioning and ER impact students’ abilities to succeed, and strategies to teach and support individuals with ASD to better regulate their emotions and improve executive functioning skills.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • What executive functioning is and how it presents in children
  • How to support students in the classroom to improve executive functioning skills
  • How to support parents/students at home to improve executive functioning
  • What is emotion regulation (ER) and why it is important
  • Factors that impact ER for individuals with ASD
  • How to talk to individuals about their behavior and emotions
  • Strategies to teach individuals with ASD to better regulate their emotions
  • How to embed opportunities to practice ER throughout the environment

Who should attend: Educators and providers working with students with ASD

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA. LBA and Patricia Matestic, PhD

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Academic and Organizational Success for Secondary Students

WHEN
Friday, August 23, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE
UWAC – Tacoma

COST:
$135 – register before July 1, 2019
$155 – register on or after July 1, 2019

Difficulty turning in assignments? Disorganized backpack? Poor time management? In this workshop, participants will learn how executive functioning impacts students’ ability to plan and organize for success. Participants will learn strategies to be implemented at home and school to support executive functioning and organizational success. This workshop will also outline strategies that can be used to help bridge the gap between home and school. Additionally, participants will learn age appropriate systems of reinforcement to motivate and encourage independence.

Course objectives:

In ​this ​training, ​participants ​will learn:

  • Learn why organization is difficult for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Strategies to implement at home and school to support organization and time management
  • Systems of reinforcement to encourage independence

Who should attend: Parents and school personnel interacting with secondary school age individuals with ASD

Content level: Beginner

Clock hours: WA State OSPI clock hours available for an additional fee

Instructors: Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA. LBA and Patricia Matestic, PhD

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Any of our workshops can be provided as on-site trainings to schools and organizations.  If your group is interested in having our training team bring the workshops to you, please see our Individualized Workshops page.