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Adapting DBT for Autistic People with Emotion Dysregulation Challenges, with Sarah Immerman, Psy.D.
A recent study showed that autistic people are at higher risk for suicide attempts and suicide death than non-autistic individuals. Research also shows that there is a significant overlap between neurodivergence and emotion dysregulation, and there is much room for growth regarding the treatment of this presentation. Many therapists are wary of treating autistic individuals if they are not specifically trained to do so, and many autistic people have difficulty finding neurodivergent-affirming care. In this presentation, Sarah will discuss some of the adaptations she has used while using DBT as a treatment for autistic adolescents with emotion dysregulation. This presentation can provide information to providers looking to refine their skills for this population, and help loved ones and autistic people learn about how DBT can be a helpful treatment for them.

Apr 26, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sarah Immerman, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist @3East Residential Program, McLean Hospital, Boston
Sarah Immerman, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for adolescents and young adults. She is a staff psychologist at McLean Hospital’s 3East DBT Residential Program for Adolescents. She has a particular interest in working with autistic people who struggle with both social challenges and emotion dysregulation. She earned her doctorate at Long Island University (LIU) Post in New York, completing her internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and her postdoctoral fellowship at the 3East Residential Program at McLean. Sarah’s experience with the autistic community started when she was 14 years old, as a volunteer for an inclusivity-focused organization, and has expanded to include 8 summers of working at Camp HASC, an overnight summer camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about adapting DBT to serve the autistic community.