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Didactic and Professional Development Experiences

In addition to direct patient services, externs have the opportunity to participate in a range of didactic and professional development experiences. All externs receive weekly individual supervision with their designated supervisor(s). Externs participate in weekly group assessment supervision, which covers a range of topics related to conducting assessments, including administering and scoring measures, writing reports and adapting recommendations.

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) externs also participate in the weekly didactic seminar and multidisciplinary team case conference. The seminar reviews a range of topics relevant to research and clinical practice in autism spectrum disorder, and includes presenters from a range of fields. Immediately following the seminar each week is a multidisciplinary team case conference, in which providers present and discuss a complex case with the CASD team in order to clarify diagnostic profile and make recommendations. Externs who are not on-site for these meetings can participate via teleconference.

Although the majority of the externship focuses on clinical activities, there are also many opportunities to participate in research. Faculty at CASD are actively involved in research on interventions for executive dysfunction in ASD and ADHD, transitioning to adulthood, neuropsychological profiles in ASD, gender identity in ASD and reducing disparities in access to services for ASD.