Professional Workshops

Live Training Sessions and On-Demand Training

In addition to our gold standard live workshops, the Sunfield Institute now offers gold standard, evidence-based workshops that are available on-demand. We have created these on-demand workshops to meet the needs of professionals in our community and to allow more accessibility so that you receive the training you need, when you need it. Too often there are too few workshops available, or it does not work for your schedule. We feel that our on demand catalog of workshops will allow you to pick and choose what would be most beneficial to you.

We are thrilled to have just launched the ADOS-2 On Demand Workshop! This workshop was created to make it easier and more accessible for providers to be trained on this gold standard measure. Early intervention and detection of ASD is so critical, and we are passionate about ensuring that we are doing our part to make sure providers can be equipped with the best tools possible to help their communities with this mission. As you know, receiving an early diagnosis can be a gateway to improved lifelong outcomes, and make a world of difference for families and their children.

The on-demand workshop ADOS-2 is identical to our live workshop, and the Sunfield Institute will continue to offer live workshops throughout the year. We are very excited to be able to open this new avenue of accessing workshops to mental health professionals around the world. It is our hope that together we will continue to provide the best care possible to those who need it most. We look forward to continuing to grow the Sunfield Institute to meet the needs of our community (professionals around the globe) and are excited to have you as part of that journey.

Our Current Workshops

ADOS-2 Clinical Workshop

3-Day Live Training & On-Demand Option

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition (ADOS-2) is a semi-structured, standardized assessment instrument that allows us to accurately assess and diagnose autism and pervasive developmental disorders in individuals suspected of having autism. The ADOS-2 can be used with individuals across ages (between 12 months of age, all the way through adulthood), developmental levels, and language skills. Each individual is administered one of five modules that is selected based on expressive language level and chronological age. During the training participants will be introduced to the administration and scoring of Modules 1-4 as well as the Toddler Module.

ADI-R Clinical Workshop

2-Day Live Training

The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) is a comprehensive interview that provides a thorough assessment of individuals suspected of having autism. The interview questions, which are administered to caregivers, cover several content areas including early development, language acquisition/possible loss of language or other skills, current functioning in regard to language and communication, social development and play, as well as restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.

The ADI-R training is designed for clinicians with a prior background in autism, clinical interviewing and assessment of individuals with ASD. Psychologists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, social workers as well as professionals and graduate students in related fields are welcome to apply.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Within-Agency Trainer Training

1 Day Live Training

The Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Within Agency Trainer (WAT) Training is intended for certified PCIT therapists who wish to develop PCIT training programs within their own agency. PCIT is an empirically-supported behavioral parent training intervention for children (ages 2 to 6-years 11-months) with non-compliant and disruptive behaviors. Through this training, trainees will learn and practice strategies for teaching CDI, PDI, and the DPICS, as well as strategies for providing feedback to trainees using the Code the Coach Coding System.

How to Effectively Write a Clinically Sensitive SOAP Note

On-Demand

In this workshop we will review important elements to include when creating comprehensive patient notes following the SOAP format. Through a combination of video instruction and hands-on exercises participants will learn to gather patient information, document subjective and objective data, assess conditions, and formulate a plan. The training emphasizes accurate communication, critical thinking, and ethical documentation practices, equipping participants with the skills to enhance patient care and inter-professional collaboration.

How to Write Clinically Sensitive & Effective Consultation Notes

On-Demand

In this workshop we will review important elements to include when creating an initial consultation note. Through a combination of video instruction and hands-on exercises participants will learn to gather patient information, document subjective and objective data, develop a case conceptualization and formulate recommendations. The training emphasizes accurate communication, critical thinking, and ethical documentation practices, equipping participants with the skills to enhance patient care and inter-professional collaboration.

HIPAA Training

On-Demand

The following training provides an overview of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The history and purpose of HIPAA are outlined, followed by a description of the basic tenets of HIPAA. The training ends by providing practical implications of HIPAA for healthcare professionals to apply to their everyday practice.

Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias in Mental Health Fields

On-Demand

Implicit bias is a hidden preference for one identity over another, such as race, skin color, ethnicity, cultural factors, etc. (Banaji & Greenwald, 2016). Past experiences affect our biases, which are unconscious (Greenwald and Banaji, 1995). Implicit bias remains a pervasive and insidious obstacle due to its unconscious nature. These biases may result in discriminatory practices, attitudes, and unhealthy dynamics in clinical practice which compromise ongoing efforts to counter bias. In an effort to limit prejudice and biases, the American Psychological Association (APA) ethical code specifies that, “Psychologists try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices” (APA, 2021). Although attempts are being made to meet this crucial ethical standard, implicit bias unfortunately undermines these efforts. As a result, it is crucial that clinicians and other mental health providers are equipped with necessary skills to combat implicit bias and promote empirically-supported best-practices. Those who participate in this workshop will be introduced to several strategies used to combat implicit bias. Participants will also be able to accurately define implicit bias, as well as various forms of racism present in clinical practice. Those who participate in this training will leave with an understanding of the impact of implicit bias on mental health disparities, clinical practices, and successfully explain at least strategies for recognizing and interrupting implicit bias within clinical practice.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: The Missing Piece in Your Clinical Toolkit

On-Demand

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a behavioral parent training treatment for young children (ages 2 to 6-years 11-months) with emotional and behavioral disorders. The focus of the therapy is to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and change parent-child interaction patterns. Research has shown statistically and clinically significant improvements in challenging behaviors of preschool age children. PCIT is based on similar theories as other parent training models, but it takes a unique didactic approach to working with families. Parents are taught relationship enhancement or discipline skills that they practice in session and at home with their child. In subsequent sessions, the caregivers receive coaching in the application of the specific therapy skills. This workshop is designed for professionals who have no prior experience with PCIT. During this continuing education event, attendees will learn the principles and evidence supporting PCIT as an evidence-based intervention. Next, they will learn the clinical populations for whom PCIT is most suitable and describe the importance of maintaining fidelity to the PCIT model in order to ensure the effectiveness of the intervention. Finally, participants will be able to define the process for applying and completing PCIT-International certification.

Supporting Parents in Coping with Diagnoses: Feedback and Beyond

On-Demand

The Supporting Parents in Coping with Diagnoses: Feedback and Beyond training is intended intended for practitioners interested in developing skills related to delivering clinically sensitive, effective diagnoses and feedback to parents and caregivers. Through this training, trainees will learn key components of parental perspective in receiving autism spectrum disorder diagnoses for their children, learn the essential components of an ASD evaluation feedback session, and be able to identify appropriate research-based supports for families coping with a diagnosis.

Host a Live Workshop for Your Staff

Live Online Training

If you are interested in hosting an live online training session for your staff, please complete a request form. We will email you additional information within 24-48 hours. You can then schedule your workshop with your staff.