Intervention Focus: Exposure | IDD Track, Mental Health Institute

NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.


This session is part of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) track of the Mental Health Institute.


The prevalence of anxiety disorders is higher in the IDD population than in the typically developing population of children and teens. Exposure is considered one of the most effective interventions for anxiety disorders and trauma-related mental health concerns. This training will provide participants with education about the need for exposure, as well as tools and strategies for effectively using exposure practices in therapy settings.

Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Session is 11a-1p PT

See more in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Track HERE



KJ Glaves, LMFT

Image of KJ GlavesKatie Jo Glaves is a Marriage and Family Therapist and art therapist who works with neurodiverse children and families. She is a child mental health specialist. She also teaches at Antioch University Seattle. Her clinical interests include neurodiversity, OCD, family therapy and anxiety.   





Jessica Peterson, PhD

Image of Jessica PetersonJessica Peterson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center. Dr. Peterson provides therapeutic services to autistic children and adolescents through the Autism Center’s Mood and Anxiety program and RUBI program for caregivers. She also participates in interdiscplinary evaluations at Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Dr. Peterson has special interests in diagnosis of autism and other developmental disabilities, mindfulness-based practices, and neurodiversity affirming intervention and training. 



ChrisTiana ObeySumner

Image of ChrisTiana ObeySumnerChrisTiana ObeySumner is a Black/ Indigenous, queer, non-binary, and multiply disabled person, community organizer and activist. They are CEO and principal consultant of Epiphanies of Equity LLC -- A social equity consulting firm that particularly specializes in social change, intersectionality, antiracism, and disability justice. For two decades, they’ve dedicated their life and career to amplifying the importance of social equity – defined as the lifelong work of deconstructing inequitable sociological impacts and products such as policies, institutions, cultures, biases, and constructs; and facilitating strategic and embodied pathways towards the construction of equitable processes, accountability structures, and outcomes. 


Karís Casagrande, PhD

Image of Karís CasagrandeKarís Casagrande (she/her), PhD, is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow with the University of Washington Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Clinically, she specializes in neurodevelopmental assessment, parent coaching models of intervention focused on behavior and social communication, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences.  She is also engaged in community outreach and capacity-building research and programming to improve access to and quality of care for individuals with autism and their families in their home communities. Previously, she has worked with community organizations such as museums, theaters, and hotels to increase accessibility for individuals with sensory and developmental differences.



Marie LoebMarie Loeb, LICSW, LMHC, CMHS, DMHS, (she/they) is an Autistic, queer, polyamorous Clinical Social Worker who is committed to serving their community through direct practice, training, and advocating for policy change. Marie is the owner of Holistic Child and Family Practice where she works with individuals and families, is a practicum instructor for the University of Washington School of Social Work, supervises clinicians in and out of the practice, and works to build community through no cost neurodiversity-affirming consult groups and trainings. Holistic Child and Family Practice has a staff that is exclusively neurodivergent, and within this environment Marie developed a new modality, Empathetic Inquiry, which is a strengths-based approach where the client is centered as the expert of their own experience and utilizes the natural hyperempathetic talents of neurodivergent providers.


Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Jim ManciniJim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities/autism and their families. He is currently the Director of the WA INCLUDE Collaborative, manages ECHO programs at the University of Washington and leads the Washington State Center of Excellence (COE) training program. He has special interest in diagnosis of autism and other developmental disabilities, building community through building relationships, parent and provider education and health equity for underserved communities. Jim loves gardening, backpacking and other outdoor adventures, music and spending time with his family.


Alana McVey, PhD

Dr. Alana McVey

Alana McVey, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar jointly appointed at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Autism Center. Clinically, she provides evidence-based treatment of mental health concerns to autistic children, adolescents, and adults through the Autism Center's Mood and Anxiety Program. Dr. McVey's program of research centers on the redesign and implementation of evidence-based mental health treatments for autistic people in community settings. Her current project, funded by the Autism Intervention Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), is focused on redesigning Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat suicidality in autistic young adults.



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Starts: Dec 2, 2022 11:00 am
Ends: Dec 2, 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
December 2, 2022
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