May 16-17, 2023 • Greenville, SC

You’re invited to attend the 5th annual Converge Autism Conference.

Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health invites professionals from across the nation to converge for two days of presentations and breakout discussions covering a wide range of topics related to Autism—from diagnosis, behavioral health, and treatment and therapy results.

Our A-list of speakers will represent a variety of fields including Occupational Therapy, Behavioral Analysis, Special Education, Speech and Language Pathology, and Youth Psychiatry.

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The National Converge Autism Summit Schedule 2023

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Day 1

7:30-8:30 – Registration/Refreshments
8:30-9:45 – Keynote I

Dr. William Killion, Ph.D., BCBA

The Functional Independence Skills Handbook (FISH) and Its Use in Developing Greater Adaptive Behaviors

9:45-10:15 – Break/Networking/Visit Vendors
10:15-11:30 – Keynote II

Dr. Tyler Whitney, Psy.D.

Short & Long-Term Cognitive and Emotional Consequences of COVID-19 on Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD)

11:30-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:00 – Breakout Session 1

Family: Dr. Tyler Whitney, Psy.D. — DSM-IV(1994) to DSM-V(2013): Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) Diagnosis and Beyond: Autism Spectrum Disorders from a Lifespan Perspective

Professional: Dr. W. Matthew Fisher, MD — Psychopharmacology and Autism

Educator: Dr. Brandon Clark, Psy.D., BCBA — Building Psychological Resilience Under Stressful Work Conditions

2:00-2:15 – Break/Networking/Visit Vendors

2:15-3:15 – Breakout Session 2

Family: Dr. Sergio Sanchez, MD — Reality in the Mind of Autism

Professional: Jill Jones, MSW, LISW-CP — The Art of Not Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Ethical Clinical Use of Polyvagal Theory for Autism

Educator: Kaelynn Partlow, RBT — Words Matter: Using Appropriate Language to Improve Outcomes in Treatment, Classrooms, and Life

3:15-3:30 – Break/Networking/Visit Vendors

3:30-4:30 – Breakout Session 3

Family: Jill Jones, MSW, LISW-CP — The Art of Not Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Practical Polyvagal Support for Families Living with Autism

Professional: Tosha Rollins, MA, LPC — Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Every Mental Health Clinician Should Know

Educator: Heidi Carico, MA, NCSP — Supporting Students with Autism in the General Education Setting

Day 2

7:30-8:30 – Registration/Refreshments
8:30-9:45 – Keynote III

Dr. Karen Ratliff-Schaub, MD, MBOE

ASD and/or ?: Differentiating Autism Spectrum Disorder from Other Conditions

9:45-10:15 – Break/Networking/Visit Vendors
10:15-11:30 – Keynote IV

Alix Generous, MS, BCBA

Autism and Dual Diagnosis

11:30-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:00 – Breakout Session 4

Family: Alix Generous, MS, BCBA — The Autism Sensory Experience

Professional: Dr. Celine Saulnier, Ph.D. — Diagnostic Evaluations Throughout the Lifetime

Educator: Dr. James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D — Early Intervention and Autism; Real Life Questions, Real Life Answers

2:00-2:15 – Break/Networking/Visit Vendors

2:15-3:15 – Breakout Session 5

Family: Jessica Ragnio, MSW, LICSW — Play for Emotional Strength: Using Biofeedback Video Games to Build Emotional Regulation Skills

Professional: Dr. Celine Saulnier, Ph.D. — The Importance of Adaptive Functioning for Self-Sufficiency Throughout Life

Educator: Dr. James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D — 7 Core Strategies for Effective Program

Continuing Education 

The following are agencies we have applied for CEs from and are pending approval.  This list will be updated for the 2023 Summit as approvals are received (Attendees must stay for the entirety of each session in order to receive credit. There will be a check-in and check-out station located at the door of the session.)

  • Pending: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Pending: S.C. Board of Examiners for Counselors,
    Therapists, & Psycho-Educational Specialists
  • *Greenville County School District
    (*Teachers attending can submit for credit through the
    county’s normal process)
  • Pending: SC Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pending: National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
  • Pending: SC Board of Social Workers
  • Pending: SC Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    (May submit for national credit to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
  • PENDING: SC Board of Nursing

If you are interested in earning CEs, make sure to download the Whova App as each session will have an in-app survey you must fill out. Please make sure to check in and check out of each session and submit your answers to the survey in order to receive credit. Approved CEs will be emailed after the conference has ended.

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Introducing Our 2023 Keynote Speakers