Spring Mental Health Series #4
March 16th, 2017

Family Interventions and Mindful Practices for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

As the number of students diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum rises, both schools and families have been significantly impacted. This conference will focus on how school personnel may better partner with families to provide a supportive environment for youth on the autism spectrum. With an eye toward mindful practices, methods to interact with students on the autism spectrum and ways to maintain relationships with these students will be detailed. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2014 Washington St., Newton

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

Free for members, $50 for non-members

Family Interventions and Mindfulness Practices for Youth with ASD may be linked to theMultidisciplinary Interventions for Youth with ASD (held both in the fall and in the spring) for ten PDPs and also with the fall Growing Mindful – Essential Practices for Building Resilience for ten PDPs. MPY has applied for CEUs from NASW and MaMHCA for this conference.

Program Speakers:

·         Susan Swick, M.D., MPH, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Newton-Wellesley Hospital 

·         Mitch Abblett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy, Manville School, Judge Baker Children’s Center 


Speaker bios: 

Susan Swick, M.D., M.P.H. is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she is also the Director of the PACT Program (Parenting At a Challenging Time) at the hospital’s Vernon Cancer Center.  Additionally, she is an attending psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where she directs a course on Parent Guidance for the Child Psychiatry fellows.  She regularly writes and speaks about parenting and cultivating resilience for both clinical and general audiences.

Mitch Abblett, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist and is the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (www.meditationandpsychotherapy.org), a non-profit focusing on education and training at the intersection of mindfulness and treatment. For over a decade, he was the Clinical Director of a Harvard-affiliated special education therapeutic school in Boston. He maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice (www.drmitchabblett.com), speaks nationally and internationally and has published several books about mindfulness, professional development, and family mental health.


Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must contact Stephanie Guyotte via email at stephanie.guyotte@state.ma.us. All cancellations must be received via email at least 72 hours before the scheduled event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee.

Accessibility and Accommodations

All Middlesex Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will work to make reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with disabilities. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Executive Director Margie Daniels at Margie.daniels@state.ma.us.

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