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Ethical Considerations in Autism Related Services: Operating at the Highest Level Possible

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Kathleen Platzman, PhD |  Karen Levine, PhD
1 Hour 05 Minutes
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Mar 23, 2022
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Listening to feedback from autistics that have experienced services and supports that were intended to help yet may have done harm, is critical.

Join Drs. Kathleen Platzman and Karen Levine guide you through the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) toolkit—developed by autistic self-advocates—which provides the field feedback on what is ethical and what is not. Using the ASANs toolkit as a guide, we’ll look at: 

  • Many common practices within autism related services and supports that have serious ethical concerns 
  • Way to provide ethical services to ensure we are operating at the highest ethical level possible, looking through the lens of autistic self-advocates 

This session is in part based on the ASAN toolkit entitled, "For Whose Benefit: Evidence, Ethics, and Effectiveness of Autism Interventions". 



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



Kathleen Platzman, PhD's Profile

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Kathleen Platzman, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice that focuses on both assessment and treatment of infants/children and other family members. Dr. Platzman specializes in developmental challenges, attachment, trauma, learning challenges, trauma, and general coping struggles. She offers services that include consultation, assessment, psychotherapy, treatment planning, mentoring and supervision.

Dr. Platzman is the Chief Training Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. She is on the Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology for Fielding Graduate University. Prior to private practice, Kathy was part of a research team that conducted research on the long-term developmental consequences of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure and early environmental neglect at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Kathleen Platzman maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Kathleen Platzman serves as the chief advisor ICDL Training Program Advisory Board, and is the expert training leader for Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning. She is a member of the APA.


Karen Levine, PhD's Profile

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Karen Levine, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Maine and Massachusetts, and a part-time lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Autism program at Boston Children’s Hospital in the late 1990s, and later of the Autism Center at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Dr. Levine works primarily with young children and their parents, including neurotypical and neurodivergent children, with a special focus on treating anxiety. She developed a treatment model integrating gradual exposure (a key part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and playful attuned interactive humor, to treat fears and phobias in young children. This approach is currently being studied and manualized by Bonnie Klein-Tasman, PhD and her research team at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with promising initial published findings.

With Naomi Chedd, LMHC, Dr. Levine has co-authored three books including Attacking Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Guide to an Engaging Approach to treating Anxiety and Phobias in Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (JKP, 2015) and many articles. She received the 2012 Lesley University Autism Heroes Award, the 2010 Federation for Children with Special Needs Founders Award, and the 2000 BIDIP (Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents) Award for Excellence.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Karen Levine maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Harvard Medical School. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr, Karen Levine has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Determine at least three unacceptable practices identified in the ASAN toolkit and integrate strategies to avoid these unacceptable practices.
  2. Choose at least three acceptable practices identified in the ASAN toolkit and strategies to integrate these acceptable practices in clinical practice.
  3. Utilize strategies to challenge professional practice and incorporate recommendations of the ASAN toolkit.


  • Ethical Considerations in Autism Related Services
  • Good and acceptable autism related services practices
  • Avoid unacceptable autism related services practices
  • Strategies for challenging professional practice and incorporating the recommendations of the ASAN toolkit

Target Audience

  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counsellors 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 
  • Social Workers 
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 
  • Psychologists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Physical Therapist Assistants 
  • School Administrators 
  • Case Managers 
  • Nurses 
  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Administrators


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