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Ethical Considerations in Autism Related Services: Operating at the Highest Level Possible

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Kathleen Platzman, PhD |  Dr Karen Levine, PhD
1 Hour 05 Minutes
Mar 23, 2022
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Listening to feedback from autistics that have experienced services and supports that were intended to help yet may have done harm, is critical.

Join Drs. Kathleen Platzman and Karen Levine guide you through the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) toolkit—developed by autistic self-advocates—which provides the field feedback on what is ethical and what is not. Using the ASANs toolkit as a guide, we’ll look at: 

  • Many common practices within autism related services and supports that have serious ethical concerns 
  • Way to provide ethical services to ensure we are operating at the highest ethical level possible, looking through the lens of autistic self-advocates 

This session is in part based on the ASAN toolkit entitled, "For Whose Benefit: Evidence, Ethics, and Effectiveness of Autism Interventions". 



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



Kathleen Platzman, PhD's Profile

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Kathleen Platzman, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice that focuses on both assessment and treatment of infants/children and other family members. Dr. Platzman specializes in developmental challenges, attachment, trauma, learning challenges, trauma, and general coping struggles. She offers services that include consultation, assessment, psychotherapy, treatment planning, mentoring and supervision.

Dr. Platzman is the Chief Training Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. She is on the Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology for Fielding Graduate University. Prior to private practice, Kathy was part of a research team that conducted research on the long-term developmental consequences of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure and early environmental neglect at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Kathleen Platzman maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Kathleen Platzman serves as the chief advisor ICDL Training Program Advisory Board, and is the expert training leader for Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning. She is a member of the APA.


Dr Karen Levine, PhD's Profile

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Karen Levine, PhD, is a Developmental Psychologist of 30 years, whose passion for improving the well-being of children who have developmental, social or emotional challenges has been the driving force throughout her career. She incorporates a developmental, relationship-based approach to assessment and treatment, incorporating playfulness and fun into treatment when feasible, as a means of increasing happiness and lowering anxiety and distress. Dr. Levine believes there is not a one size fits all approach to assessment or treatment, and that individual children and families need different kinds of support at different points in their development.

Dr. Levine developed a play-based treatment for children with fears and phobias, integrating the evidenced-based behavioral tool of Gradual Exposure within a developmental, relationship-based model. This approach, described in her book, with co-author Naomi Chedd, LMHC, Attacking Anxiety, is currently called Behavior Play Therapy, and is being studied and manualized by Bonnie Klein-Tasman, PhD, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a part time Lecturer on Psychiatry Harvard Medical School.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Karen Levine maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr, Karen Levine has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Determine at least three unacceptable practices identified in the ASAN toolkit and integrate strategies to avoid these unacceptable practices.
  2. Choose at least three acceptable practices identified in the ASAN toolkit and strategies to integrate these acceptable practices in clinical practice.
  3. Utilize strategies to challenge professional practice and incorporate recommendations of the ASAN toolkit.


  • Ethical Considerations in Autism Related Services
  • Good and acceptable autism related services practices
  • Avoid unacceptable autism related services practices
  • Strategies for challenging professional practice and incorporating the recommendations of the ASAN toolkit

Target Audience

  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 
  • Social Workers 
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 
  • Psychologists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Physical Therapist Assistants 
  • School Administrators 
  • Case Managers 
  • Nurses 
  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Administrators


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