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TTS: Autism Treatment and Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents




Autism Treatment + Resources for All Stages of Life: Empowering Patients and Parents
Friday, February 9, 2018  |  Conference: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Medical University of South Carolina  |  Strom Thurmond Building | Gazes Auditorium | Charleston, SC

Target Audience

This conference is designed for psychologists, primary care physicians, social workers, counselors, school counselors, and other mental health professionals who have an interest in obtaining a comprehensive overview of autism, as well as parents and other family members of patients.

Statement of Purpose

Autism not only affects 3.5 million people with a diagnosis in the US, but also has a significant impact on their family, friends and community. This workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the autism diagnosis and experience from the patient, parent and provider perspectives. Current best practices and future directions will be discussed. Participants will leave with practical skills to apply in their clinical practice when working with individuals or family members of those with autism. Additionally, be sure to join us at the postconference reception for the exciting launch of a new autism initiative!

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Program Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

• Describe the diagnostic criteria for autism.
• Explain the role of the family in the treatment of autism.
• Identify and list treatments for autism. 

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Conference Faculty

Frampton Gwynette, M.D.
Director, General Adult Psychiatry Clinic
Director, Project Rex
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina


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Preliminary Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.           Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.           Introduction and Brief Overview of Autism

                                                Frampton Gwynette, M.D.                              

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.         Empowering Ourselves and the Community for Change

                                                Linda J. Walder, Esq. | Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation |

10:15 am - 10:30 a.m          Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       Autism Resources in Charleston and throughout South Carolina

                                                Robert Scharstein, M.D. 

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.       Additional Resources in Charleston: Project Rex and Beyond 

                                                James Truelove, MSW, Jennifer Warthen, MSW, and Nancy Warren, Ph.D.

12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.         Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.          Social Motion Skills: A Flight Plan for Success

                                               Wendy Dawson | Director of Social Motion Skills |

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.          Transitioning to Adulthood: Building a Flight Plan for Success

                                                Lisa Riddle |

3:15 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.          Break

3:30 p.m. -  4:30 p.m.         A Vocational Opportunity for Adults with ASD: The Autism News Network

                                               Frampton Gwynette, M.D. |

4:30 p.m. -  6:00 p.m.         Reception and New Autism Initiative Launch, Sponsored by Panera Bread

                                                Strom Thurmond Building Lobby



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Venue and Parking

This workshop will be held on the MUSC downtown Charleston campus, at the Gazes Auditorium (Room 125) in the Strom Thurmond Building located at 114 Doughty Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

Click here for directions to the MUSC Visitor Parking facilities. Traffic into Charleston during rush hour can be extremely congested. It is strongly recommended that you carpool if possible.

Parking fees will NOT be covered by the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

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Registration fee includes digital conference materials, continental breakfast, and break refreshments.
Registration Type
Early Registration

 Received on or before 1/16/2018

General  Registration

Received on 1/17/2018 through 2/6/2018

On-Site Registration

Community Providers
MUSC Providers
Family Members$20.00$30.00$40.00
Post-Conference Reception$20.00$25.00$30.00
* Please note, registration AND payment must be received by the registration deadlines to be eligible for specific rate.
To qualify for Early Registration rates, your registration AND payment must be received on or before January 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM, EST. 
ALL cancellation requests received at this time are subject to a $30 administrative fee.
Online registration closes on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM, EST. Refunds will not be issued after that time.
There are three ways to register:
  1. Click here to register online and pay with a credit card.
  2. Click here to register online and mail in payment.
  3. Click here to download a printable registration form and mail in payment.


  • If you are employed by a STATE AGENCY and are paying with an ACH transfer, you MUST contact our office at (843) 792-0175 prior to initiating the transfer or your registration will not be accepted.
  • If you are employed by MUSC a state purchasing card (P-Card) may not be used for registration fees. Please submit an IIT made out to:
             The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
             Continuing Education Office
             67 President Street, MSC 861
             Charleston, SC 29425

You will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail once your registration is processed. If you do not receive a confirmation letter within two weeks of registering, please contact our Continuing Education Office at (843) 792-0175 to ensure your registration has been received.

Registration fees are transferable from one registrant to another.

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Exhibitor and Support


In-kind support graciously provided by Panera as part of their Project Rex Spring 2018 Cause Campaign.


Interested in exhibiting or supporting this event, the reception, or autism initiatives at MUSC?  Please contact our Team at (843) 792-0175 or for more information.

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Historic Charleston

Charleston is a place where sand castles are built across the harbor from historic forts, where children ride scooters down 300-year-old streets, and where you can see modern theater in America’s oldest playhouse. Less than 15 miles away, you can stroll the gardens of the beautiful plantations, bask in the sun on wide sandy beaches, sail, play golf, tennis or ride bikes on a luxurious island resort.

Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
(843) 853-8000

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Credit Designation

  • The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology will approve 6.5 Category A credits.
  • The South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners will approve 6.5 hours of general contact hours.
  • The South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists will approve 6.5 hours of continuing education credit.

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Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you need the services of the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this continuing education activity, please bring this to our attention upon registering for the event.

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Questions?  Contact our Continuing Education Team at or (843)792-0175

Presented by the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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