Improving Access to Mental Health Care Services for Autistic People in Utah
April 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The purpose of this training is to increase the number of Utah Mental Health Professionals who are competent at providing services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or Intellectual Disabilities (ID). Too often, professionals turn away clients with these conditions stating they do not feel comfortable or confident providing mental health services to these populations. This project will target clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, and social workers in Utah. Mental health participants in this project will receive an incentive to attend the training about service provision to people with ASD and/or ID.
Where: Utah State University Salt Lake Center, Room 142
920 W. Levoy Drive, Taylorsville, UT 84321
When: April 20, 2023, 4:30PM-6:00PM
Cost: FREE! Receive a $50 gift card by selecting “Yes” in the registration form below!
Please send accommodations to Michelle.McKnight@usu.edu 10 business days prior to the start date.
Presenters: Michelle McKnight, Ph.D. and Trent Landon, Ph.D.
Dr. Michelle McKnight is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at Utah State University. She is also the Executive Director of Aggies Elevated, an Inclusive Post-secondary Education program that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Michelle has a professional background as a special educator, a rehabilitation counselor, and mental health professional. She has provided training across the nation to various types of mental health professionals (and law enforcement) regarding how to provide services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or ID. Dr. McKnight is passionate about educating providers about ASD/ID so that individuals can find competent mental health care when they are in need.
Dr. Trenton (Trent) Landon (Co-PI) is presently the area chair for the rehabilitation counseling program in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at Utah State University. Dr. Landon worked for seven years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in a state agency, where he worked with individuals with all types of disabilities. The mental health needs of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities are one of his current areas of interest, particularly lack of access and a lack of mental health providers with specific training on how to work with people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. Dr. Landon currently serves on the board of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).