February 2023 IPA Webinar: Understanding Neurodivergence Across the Lifespan: The Dangers of Dismissing Diagnosis without Data
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern
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CE Events
Event Description
IPA 2023 Webinar Series
1.0 Hour of Category I CE credit

Friday, February 17th, 2023 at Noon

Registrants will receive further information for participating via Zoom Webinar for the presentation.

Understanding Neurodivergence Across the Lifespan: The Dangers of Dismissing Diagnosis without Data
"You make great eye contact; you can’t have Autism."You would have been diagnosed as a child if you had ADHD, it's just anxiety." These are just a few of the comments that people who are and/or who suspect they are neurodivergent hear on a daily basis from family members, friends, but worst of all from professionals they rely upon. An increasing number of individuals are seeking answers as to why they "feel" different from those around them. Given this, it is important to think critically and continue to learn about neurodivergence through not only research and clinical practice, but through the lived experiences of the individuals who often are diagnosed much later in life. This presentation will integrate up and coming research, the presenter's clinical experiences, and the lived experiences of neurodivergent individuals, the presenters have been humbled to walk alongside on their self-discovery journey. Attendees can expect to learn how to focus in on the essence of diagnostic criteria, recognize when to seek consultation, and how to more accurately identify neurodivergence among diverse populations, including but not limited to LGBTQIA2S+, female identifying individuals, and race. As the presenters themselves have learned, the diagnostic criteria and introduction to neurodivergence in graduate school only covered the "tip of the iceberg."

Learning Objectives
By completing this program, participants will able to:
1. apply DSM-5-TR criteria from strength-based, neurodivergent affirming approach to a wider array of individuals such as LBGTQI2A+, female identifying individuals, and non-white individuals.
2. appropriately select testing measures to most accurately understand the inner world of those who are neurodivergent. 
3. identify appropriate consultative and referral resources when working with neurodivergent individuals.
4. formulate at least one step participants can take to expand their knowledge of working alongside neurodivergent individuals to apply to their clinical practice and other professional roles. 

Presenter Bio:  Jenna Cacciola, PsyD, HSPP
Dr. Cacciola earned her doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. She completed her doctoral internship at the Youth Opportunity Center, and her post-doctoral training at Shelby Psychological Services. Dr. Cacciola has worked in residential, therapeutic day school, and community-based settings. Within these settings, she has worked with school systems, Juvenile Probation Departments, and the Department of Child Services to coordinate treatment for youth and their families, as well as adults. Since graduating, Dr. Cacciola has focused on providing comprehensive psychological evaluation services within community-based and residential settings for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Cacciola is passionate about and committed to holding space with individuals, recognizing and understanding their strengths, interests, and learning needs, and supporting them in identifying ways to overcome barriers to (re)claim their narratives and lead authentic lives so they can thrive. She is currently furthering her knowledge and expertise in the assessment of children, adolescents, and adults who have trauma histories, experience mood concerns, and those who are suspected to experience neurodevelopmental concerns, such as Autism and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Cacciola hopes that individuals deepen their self-compassion and feel more confident letting others know what they need and more connected to their life’s purpose.

Dr. Jenna Cacciola

Presenter Bio:  Kassandra Lowery, PhD, HSPP
Dr. Lowery earned her doctorate (Ph.D) in school psychology with a focus in neurodevelopmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from Indiana University. She is currently furthering her knowledge and expertise in the assessment of children, adolescents, and adults suspected of neurodevelopmental disabilities including ASD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and behavioral disorders. She additionally specializes in therapeutic services including parent training for children with disruptive behaviors and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Dr. Lowery’s unique training allows her to capitalize on assisting parents as they navigate the school’s special education systems. Her current research interests include supervision training, the intersectionality of traumatic experiences and neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as the use of performing validity testing with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Lowery is passionate and committed to providing children, adolescents, adults, and their families with high-quality assessments to better understand their child’s strengths so they can achieve their fullest potential for a happy and healthy life. Dr. Lowery's mission as a clinical psychologist is to allow each individual she assists along their diagnostic journey to feel their lived experiences are heard and considered throughout their journey to self-discovery.

Dr. Kassandra Lowery

Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.
Please note that APA rules require that credit be given only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving early will not receive CE credits. Partial credit cannot be given. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Drs. Cacciola & Lowery and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email withing two weeks post-event. 
Registration Fees

IPA New, Premier, Platinum, Emeritus-Practicing, and Student Members - $0
IPA Basic, Emeritus-Retired Members, and Affiliate Members - $15
Non-Members - Psychologists and Other Professionals $30
*If a non-member Student seeking to attend, please either join IPA (free membership with "sponsorship" by an IPA Academic Member or, if outside the state of Indiana, please contact info@indianapsychology.org.

Registration will close on Thursday, February 16th, 2023.
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