Afternoon Workshop 2

Mindfulness: Decreasing Anxiety for Individuals with Autism, Asperger’s and All Unique Ways of Being

Annette Becklund, MSW, LCSW, NBCCH
CEUs: 2 Clinical

Description

Individuals with developmental differences are not strangers to high levels of anxiety. This workshop will offer participants insight into the use of mindfulness in clinical practice with individuals with Autism, Asperger’s, and other unique ways of being. Through the use of experiential exercises, participants will learn strategies for promoting wellness and helping clients manage anxiety and gain clarity.

  1. Learning Objectives
    Define mindfulness and its applicable uses for individuals with Autism, Asperger’s, and all unique ways of being.
  2. Apply techniques of mindfulness through the use of experiential activities.
  3. Identify and describe ways to utilize mindfulness with individuals and groups.

About Annette Becklund

Annette Becklund, MSW, LCSW, NBCCH has been involved in training and development since 1983. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Douglass College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Monmouth University. She is a level two EMDR clinician, trained in Sand Play, and is certified in Hypnotherapy and Heart Centered Hypnotherapy. Annette recently completed a training course in Cambridge, England on assessing, diagnosing, and treating adults with Asperger’s and Autism and also had the opportunity to observe the Nottingham Asperger Clinic.

Annette’s private practice consists of 98% of individuals and their families who have Autism Spectrum Conditions. The practice has been in operation since 2003 and continues today. What started as a small “conventional” practice is now a community concept with social outings and community activities which promote involvement, inclusion, and building a sense of pride. Currently, Annette and her staff run several therapy social skills groups along with concurrent parent support groups run by a licensed therapist, as well as a monthly support group for individuals 18 and older who are on the Spectrum or have a unique way of being.

Annette facilitates numerous workshops regarding Autism (and sometimes other issues) throughout the state of New Jersey. She was the 2011 recipient of the Community Partnership Award offered by the NJ Family Support Center, a subsidiary of the NJ Family Support Network, for her numerous trainings and assistance. Annette has also written and published a children’s book, Warren is Wonderful, designed to teach children on the Spectrum that they are loved just the way they are. The book is illustrated by Raymond Gulzeth.

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