American Counseling Association of Missouri

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Announcing "Autism as Trauma Workshop" 

Instructor: Robert Cox, LPC, NCC

Number of CEUs: 6


1.      Kansas City, MO September 7th, 9-4:30 (1-hour lunch and 2, 15-minute breaks)

1.      Springfield, MO October 26th, 9-4:30 (1-hour lunch and 2, 15-minute breaks)

2.      St. Louis, MO November 9th, 9-4:30 (1-hour lunch and 2, 15-minute breaks)


Workshop Description:

This workshop is based on Robert’s work and research as reported in his book, “The Life Recovery Method: Autism Treatment From A Trauma Perspective” and additionally discovered neuroscience research since the publication of the book.  The development of the brain, how trauma affects that brain and how autism creates trauma will be covered.  In addition, we will look at how social exclusion and bullying become trauma in the individual’s life.  Finally, a look at some myths about autism such as the “inability to feel emotion” or that it resembles sociopathology and the neuroscience that unravels these myths.   Finally, we will look at how we can teach emotional regulation and begin overcoming many of the deficits created by autism by training in mindfulness.  Methods and techniques will be taught to participants.


Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop will be able to:

1.      Clearly define the structures of the brain affected by autism and how they differ from “neurotypical” development.

2.      Clearly compare and contrast the brain as it is affected by neurodevelopmental trauma and autism.

3.      Begin to identify and treat the trauma of sensory issues by defining sensory needs.

4.      Define and begin treating social deficits and the social trauma that can result.

5.      Use mindfulness techniques to begin teaching emotional regulation and the control of sensory issues.

Robert’s Bio:

Biography:  Robert has his Master’s in counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University, Bachelor’s in Social Psychology from Park University and a Minor in Religious Studies from Southwest MO State University (Now MSU).  He is both an LPC and NCC and soon to be CCTP (Clinically Certified Trauma Professional).  Robert owns a group practice with headquarters in Richmond, MO and an office in Liberty, MO focusing heavily on trauma with specializations in addictions and autism.  “I see autism (after 25 years of working with it in one capacity or another) as a trauma event.  Not that it was caused by trauma but that it induces trauma on the individual and shapes the brain in much the same way.” He has written a book about this subject called, “The Life Recovery Method: Autism Treatment From a Trauma Perspective”.  Robert lectures frequently on mindfulness regionally and nationally for ACAM and other organizations.  He uses it in practice as a way of teaching emotional regulation and has used it himself over the past 28 years in overcoming his own trauma and addiction history.

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Upcoming events

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Stony Creek Hotel & Conference Center 18011 Bass Pro Dr., Independence, MO 64055

    2018 ACAM Annual Conference 

    Promoting Wellness: Engaging the Whole Person

    Clinicians from across the state converge once a year for ACAM's annual conference in order to network, present cutting-edge information, collaborate with other thought leaders, and attend workshops to meet their 20 hours of continuing education credits mandated yearly by the Missouri Counseling Board.

    Benefits to Becoming an Exhibitor!

    Exhibitors and sponsors receive first-hand access and engage with counselors and other practitioners as they browse booths before and after each presentation, during lunch, during break times, and at the beginning and end of the day.  Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference center is a new and state-of-the art facility offering an urban rustic atmosphere welcoming professionals.  Practitioners who attend come from diverse settings including: hospitals, community mental health agencies, hospitals, private practices, universities, residential facilities, corrections, and state and government agencies.  

    Exhibitors are welcome to set up the day before the event, on Wednesday, April 3rd after 4 pm.  Returning exhibitors will receive a 20% discount.  All exhibitors will receive a booth, an advertisement in the conference booklet, their loco on the conference website, meals provided for 1 exhibitor, and access to the hospitality room.   

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center 18011 Bass Pro Dr., Independence, MO 64055

    The American Counseling Association of Missouri's 

    2019 Annual Conference

    April 4th - 6th

    20 CEUs

    Counselors from across the state will be meeting 2019 in Independence, MO (Kansas City) to network with each other, gain insights in the field by thought leaders, earn 20 CEUs, and have fun!  

    We hope you enjoy the rustic contemporary surroundings at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference center with their charming décor and wooded surroundings while minutes away from Kansas City's Center.

    Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center Special Room Rate for the Conference:

    Deluxe King & Queen Rooms - $109/night from April 3rd-6th

    Group Room Code: 116256

    Hotel Phone Number: 816-908-9600

    Pre-registration for the conference will begin Wednesday, April 3rd at the hotel from 6 pm - 9 pm.  Please take a look at the attachment below for an outline of the conference schedule.

    ACAM 2019 Conference Schedule Day at a Glance.docx

    (Schedule subject to updates and posted online)

    See you soon!

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