Notice of Location Change

Due to CoVid-19, this event will now take place exclusively online.


Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Online classroom opens at 8:30.


This is an online event. 


Registration Fees

$35 per person

Payment Options: Visa/Mastercard, PayPal, Cheque

Visa, Mastercard, PayPal: When confirming your registration, you will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment details.

Cheques: Please make cheques out to VOCPRI, and mail to Michelle Langdon/CPRI Education & Learning Services, along with a printout of your e-mail confirmation.


Education & Learning Services, CPRI 
CPRI Education 
519-858-2774 x2159 

Accreditation Information for Physicians

RCPSC (Maincert Section 1): This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours (credits automatically calculated).

CFPC (Mainpro+ Certification: This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University for up to 5 Mainpro+ credits.

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program

Sponsorship Statement

This program has received an educational grant and in-kind support from The Volunteer Organization of CPRI.


The views and opinions expressed by presenters do not necessarily state or reflect those of MCCSS/CPRI. MCCSS/CPRI does not promote, endorse, or recommend any specific products, processes, or services. 
An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Presented by: Dr. Rob Nicolson, Dr. Craig Ross, Patty Petersen BCBA, Joan Gardiner SLP, Alison Gehl OT, Laurie Arnold MSW RSW

The agenda for this full-day workshop intends to provide a holistic and integrated understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Through a combination of theory-based and practical discussion, aspects of ASD will be presented from multiple clinical perspectives.  Throughout the day, illustrative case examples and demonstrations will be used to foster understanding and to help link theory to everyday situations.  The day will conclude with a panel discussion that considers the community-based approaches and resources that are best suited to the needs of children and adolescents with ASD.

At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:
  1. Recall diagnostic criteria and diagnostic process for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  2. Explain a holistic and integrated understanding of intervention for ASD
  3. Identify community based approaches and list resources.

About CPRI's Interdisciplinary Autism Service:

IAS works with children/youth (up to age 18) with a current or suspected diagnosis of ASD, their families and service providers.  Those who are referred have complex profiles of behaviour and symptoms  that make diagnostic assessment and/or intervention challenging (e.g., co-occurring mental health, developmental or medical concerns).  The team includes clinicians from an array of disciplines, including psychiatry, pediatrics, psychology, social work, speech and language, occupational therapy, psychometry, behaviour analysis (BCBA), and behaviour consultation (CYW); these clinicians work together to understand children/youth’s needs and to develop intervention recommendations when existing community supports and approaches have not led to the desired outcomes. 

About the Presenters:

Dr. Rob Nicolson, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C.) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Program at Western University. Dr. Nicolson completed medical school at Western University before moving to The University of Toronto to do his residency in psychiatry. He is a child psychiatrist whose practice is largely devoted to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. He is a psychiatrist in the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program at Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and in the Interdisciplinary Autism Service at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in London.

Dr. Craig Ross, PhD, C.Psych graduated from the University of Windsor with a Ph.D. in Psychology in 2011. He completed his pre-doctoral residency at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, with rotations emphasizing neuro-developmental disorders and difficulties in depression and anxiety. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Ross earned a Master's Degree in Social and Developmental Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. At CPRI, Dr. Ross currently works on two outpatient teams. The first follows an interdisciplinary model and focuses on symptoms and behaviours related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The second team supports children and youths demonstrating sexualized behaviour. As part of these teams, Dr. Ross provides services to a variety of clients including diverse intellectual profiles, significant challenging behaviour, mental health concerns and life histories that involve traumatic experiences. Often, community-based assessment and intervention attempts have been unsuccessful for these clients.