1-21-2020-Autism Spectrum and Substance Use Disorder
09:00 to 04:00


Join us for a unique training opportunity!

About this Event

A Dual Diagnosis Hiding in Plain Sight: Autism Spectrum and Substance Use Disorders

This interactive training will provide an overview of individuals with a co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Participants will have an opportunity to apply what they learn using case study examples; reviewing behavioral, genetic and neurobiological connections between ASD and SUD, and determine risk factors associated with ASD and SUD. In addition, participants will review current treatment protocols while exploring multidisciplinary integrated care that includes pharmacological, psychological, and cognitive remediation therapies.


Elizabeth Kunreuther, LCSW, LCAS

Currently, Elizabeth is a Clinical Instructor at an Addiction Detoxification Unit at Wakebrook Campus. She is part of a multidiscipline team responsible for counseling individuals with Substance Abuse Disorder and co-occurring mental health issues. In addition, Elizabeth has worked as a Therapist and Case manager for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Ann Palmer , B.A in Sociology

Ann is an author of five books and numerous articles related to Autism and parenting a child with Special Needs. She has over 25 years of experience across different disciplines including data research and collection and coordinating parent support programs.

Who should attend?

Los Angeles County SAPC providers that are interested in learning about substance use risk factors and treatment for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis: Clinicians, Counselors, Case Managers and CENS Outreach staff.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

• Recognize the risks for substance use and addiction for those with an autism spectrum disorder.

• Identify how autism may present itself in adolescents and adults.

• Incorporate patient screening for autism spectrum disorder.

• Discuss treatment strategies for working with people with a dual diagnosis of substance use and autism spectrum disorder.


This session is sponsored by SAPC and is provided to SAPC contract providers at no cost.

Continuing Education

Application pending.


Lunch will be provided for participants at no cost. Please indicate any food allergies on the registration form.


Check-in will begin at 8:30 am. We will begin promptly at 9:00 am.


Parking is available at the venue for a reduced rate of $15.50.


If you need a disability-related reasonable accommodation/alternative format for this event, please contact Melissa Rodriguez at 916-379-5345, mrodriguez@cibhs.org at least one week prior to the event.


For questions regarding registration, please contact Melissa Rodriguez at mrodriguez@cibhs.org or 916-379-5345.

For questions regarding the training, please contact Amy McIlvaine at amcilvaine@cibhs.org or 916-767-7053 or Tae Kim at TKim@cibhs.org or 916-214-1777.