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POSTPONED — Clinician Workshop: Treating Anxiety or Depression in Adults with Autism

This event was changed from March 27 to May 4.
It will take place at the same location and time of day.

This workshop will focus on providing effective outpatient therapy to adults with autism who have anxiety or depression.

Based on our needs assessment with Philadelphia community mental health clinicians and agency leaders, the training will include an overview of autism and how it presents in adults, along with information about available community resources for adults with autism. The workshop also will include presentations from adults with autism.

The majority of the training will focus on evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) strategies tailored for community mental health clinicians to deliver to adults with autism. Attendees will learn about important modifications to traditional CBT when applied to this population, and we will discuss common challenges that may arise during sessions with adults with autism.

CEUs available to attendees.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, email

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19th Annual Points of Transformation Awards

Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services, a division of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Serivces, celebrates the accomplishments of those who have committed their careers to supporting people with an intellectual disability and/or autism. These direct service professional exemplify our logo: It’s all about community!

The people who are recognized are models of excellence, compassion, commitment, growth, and achievement. The award categories include Residential, Residential Team, Employment, LifeSharing, Support Coordination, Service Coordination, Early Intervention, Community Participation Services, Cultural Arts, Charting the Life Course, and the “It’s all About Community- Kathy Sykes” Award.

This year’s theme is “Community of Practice: Living A Good Life.” We will have a panel of presenters who will speak to their lived experience as family members who have loved ones with an intellectual disability and/or autism in the various stages of their life and how direct support professionals play an important role in their service delivery.

Panelists include Susan Tuckerman, Heidi Decker, and Cathy Roccia-Meier. Our emcee is Lorraine Ballard Morrill, iHeart Media Director of News and Community Affairs.

Light breakfast will be offered at 9:30 a.m., follorwed by the ceremony at 10.

To register, email Wendy Williams.

Philadelphia Autism Project, CBH Host City Hall Art Show

The Philadelphia Autism Project, housed at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, will host an art exhibit at Philadelphia City Hall to highlight individual experiences of Philadelphia and what this city means to them.  The art show is also an opportunity to increase autism awareness and celebrate neurodiversity.

This Art in City Hall exhibit, “Philadelphia: A Spectrum of Experiences,” will be hosted in collaboration with DBHIDS through Community Behavioral Health (CBH), the Office of Councilman-At-Large Derek Green, and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy.

“I’m excited to partner with the Philadelphia Autism Project for this year’s art exhibition, ‘Philadelphia: A Spectrum of Experiences,’” said Councilman Green. “This showcase gives people a one-of-a-kind opportunity to step in to the talented and remarkable minds of those with autism and other intellectual disabilities, and experience the world through their eyes, hands, and thoughts. I look forward to ongoing collaborations with the Philadelphia Autism Project as we continue to promote autism awareness and work toward the ultimate goal of total inclusivity for all.”

The art exhibit will be open to the public on the fourth and fifth floors of City Hall from March 12 to April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The opening celebration will be held on Tuesday, March 13, from 5-7 p.m. at City Hall.

The goal of the Philadelphia Autism Project is to support and connect individuals and families living with, and affected by, autism spectrum disorder in Philadelphia through resources and innovative programs. The Philadelphia Autism Project is a citywide initiative supported through the Office of Councilman-At-Large Derek S. Green and conducted in partnership with the DBHIDS. For more information about the Philadelphia Autism Project visit,, and on Twitter at @phillyautism.

The Philadelphia Autism Project

Bring your Lunch and Learn about the Philadelphia Autism Project — a citywide initiative with the goal of examining the services and supports for individuals and families who are living with autism in Philadelphia. Joan Erney, Dennis O’Brien, and Katy Kaplan, Ph.D. will discuss the history of autism services in Pennsylvania and the development of the Philadelphia Autism Project, current initiatives, and next steps.