Jaxson Stark, MMHC, LCPC, NCC, has worked at a local community mental health agency since 2009. Since receiving his degree in mental health counseling he has focused his practice on autism spectrum and other developmental disorders. He was the director of a supportive living program for adults with developmental disabilities for nearly 6 years and frequently gives training to local schools and church groups about developmental disabilities and inclusion. He has worked in a variety of setting including the Juvenile Corrections Facility-St. Anthony with developmentally delayed sexual offenders, as an assessment and referral coordinator at a local acute psychiatric hospitals, and continues to supervise counselors and CBRS/Peer Support Specialists to improve competence and skills in the community.
While most are professionals are aware of the basic signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, many struggle with quality clinical understanding of the individual themselves and the unique needs and strengths these clients possess. Poor social skills, lack of insight and awareness of self, and difficulty with emotions can make connecting with others difficult and seemingly impossible. This workshop is designed to assist clinicians in recognizing patterns of thinking and feeling in clients diagnosed with autism to highlight progress across the spectrum.