About the PESI, Inc. Seminars and Cross Country Education Webinars

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CURRENT PERSONAL SEMINAR

In addition to the above, Dr. Blake does seminars independent of Cross Country Education on his own. His most popular is I Pulled an All-Nighter for My High School Graduation and Other Adventures of a Dyslexic, Hearing Impaired Psychologist. During this workshop Dr. Blake tells his life story of being a person with undiagnosed Specific Learning Disorder-Dyslexia with impairment in fluency and spelling and Hearing Impairment trying to survive academically and socially from elementary to graduate school. He shares what he found helpful…and what was not as well as makes recommendations regarding what parents, teachers medical and mental health professionals can do to help children and adolescents learn to cope with and compensate for similar disabilities. Dr. Blake usually, combines this seminar with lectures on Specific Learning Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder; however; he can add lectures about Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Hyperacusis, Developmental Prosopagnosia, Synesthesias, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and  How to Know if an Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Approach for ADHD is Evidence-Based to this seminar. This seminar uses humor along side factual information and is delivered in a heartfelt manner that will leave you laughing at times, tearful at times but inspired and uplifted all the time.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

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CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CONTINUING EDUCATION SEMINAR

Dr. Blake is currently doing a seminar for PESI, Inc.. This program which is available for 6 CE hours to a variety of clinicians as well as educational professionals. The following is a description of this seminar:

Executive Dysfunction: Effective Strategies & Interventions for Children & Adolescents

The frontal lobes of the brain, which are largely responsible for the adequate performance of executive functions, are the last to fully mature in childhood development. Children with inattention, poor planning and organizational skills, memory deficits, emotional instability and poor self-monitoring are at risk for academic underachievement and socialization/behavioral difficulties. They may be deemed ‘lazy’, ‘forgetful’, ‘confused’ and ‘inconsistent’. Their learning often suffers from behaviorally-based actions that can be shared and developed in and out of the classroom. Children and
adolescents with executive dysfunction are frequently brighter than their academic performance suggests. Through the use of case studies and interactive discussion of executive functioning, Dr. Kevin Blake will provide you with practical, effective and easily adaptable skill-building techniques for children and adolescents with executive dysfunction. You will learn the latest evidence-based treatment strategies for behavioral and academic achievement. Learn how you can intervene and help overcome fear and anxiety when homework is missing, late, incomplete, or just way off-base. Discover how to guide initiation and follow-through with assignments and projects. Help your students work through problems with a sequential, logical method. Leave this seminar with classroom strategies to help children and adolescents achieve their full academic and social potentials.

 

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Devil’s Bridge, Sedona, AZ

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Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

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SEMINARS DR. BLAKE HAS DONE IN THE PAST

Dr. Blake has done six live seminars nationally through Cross Country Education in Brentwood, Tennessee.  These are designed primarily for credentialed professionals in medical and mental health as well as educational fields. Six hours of CE are offered for each seminar. DVDs and podcasts are available for many on these through  Cross Country Education. Check with Cross Country Education  for details.The following is a brief description these seminars:

Building a Life Skills Tool Kit: Preparing the Adolescent on the Autism Spectrum for Adult Life

Developing a Life Plan for HIGH FUNCTIONING People on the Autism Spectrum

Those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often are not prepared for adult life. Frequently they do not have sufficient understanding of their abilities and skills to make informed educational and vocational plans. They are short of planning and decision making skills to make life plans.  They do not know their rights as a disabled citizen and how to self-advocate for themselves.   Deficient in social skills they are awkward in academic and vocational settings. They have difficulty making friends, dating and knowing how to appropriately express their sexuality.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide a workable blueprint to help guide young adults with ASD to develop their own adult life plan beginning in middle school.  Issues such as vocational/educational planning, including career counseling and guidance will be discussed.  An examination of the laws pertaining to the disabled adult will be conducted along with methods of teaching self-advocacy skills in adult settings. How to teach decision making skills will be covered as well as life planning. Social interaction skills appropriate to adult life and dating situations will be discussed. Teaching empathy skills will be covered. How to convey an understanding of one’s own sexuality, what is appropriate sexual behavior, birth control and safe sex, how to ask someone out on a date, do’s and don’ts on a date will be covered.  The goal of this seminar will be to assist the young adult with ASD in developing their own life skills tool kit.

Neurosocial Disorders: Creating a Comprehensive Treatment Plan

Understand and identify neurobiological deficits found in AD/HD, Dyslexia, Learning Disorders, NVLD and Asperger’s disorder, and learn new and exciting therapeutic applications for successful treatment of these often misunderstood clients.

Traditionally, professionals have believed the social interaction difficulties many of those with neurobiological disorders (i.e., Learning Disorders, AD/HD, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, etc.) experience are solely the result of a lack of social skills knowledge. They believed if their clients could be given adequate knowledge, their social interaction difficulties would disappear. Yet, after being given extensive social skills training, many would continue to appear odd and be rejected in social situations. In the past, the only “solution” was to provide more social skills training, which would often produce the same disappointing results. Recent research utilizing advanced brain imaging techniques has identified neurobiological deficits that underlie these clients’ difficulties in social interaction. These deficits must be addressed along with the provision of social skills training for the client to achieve their full “social potential.”

This one-day seminar is designed to teach professionals the exciting new research on how the unique neurophysiology of those with neurobiological disorders can negatively affect their ability to interact socially. Specific treatments for a wide variety of the most common neurosocial problems experienced by those with neurobiological disorders will be discussed. Attendees will be provided a vast array of resources from professional organizations, web sites, technology, institutions, etc., where they can access information to help their clients so they can learn about their disorders and how to help themselves. Participants will leave this workshop realizing they must treat both the neurobiological disorders and the skills deficits of their disabled clients in order to insure that they are able to socialize to their full potential, as well as to give those professionals the tools to accomplish this.

Social Difficulties of Learning, Attentional and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Screening and Treatment

This seminar is an “advanced” version of the aforementioned “Neuosocial Disorders” seminar, focusing much more on animal correlates of social interaction problems and problems of alexithymia, social anxiety, memory problems, prosopagnosia (problems recognizing faces, facial expression, age and gender of a face as well as making facial expressions correctly), social problems caused by genetic and neurotransmitter difficulties, Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Asperger’s Disorder as well as Inattentive ADHD and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo. Specific suggestions are offered regarding how to screen for these disorders as well as how to treat them at home, work and in the classroom.

Assessment and Treatment of Dyslexia in Adolescents and Adults: No Adults Left Behind
Treating Dyslexia from Adolescence to Adulthood

Increasingly our communities and society include a large number of adolescents and adults whose lives have been negatively and seemingly irrevocably changed by some form of Reading Disorder-Dyslexia. Often, it not only affects academic and career efforts but negatively impacts interpersonal and social relationships as well. Although mental health professionals understand how undiagnosed Reading Disorder-Dyslexia can negatively affect the school performance and self-esteem of their child clients, the impact of these disorders on their adolescent and adult clients may not be fully understood. The severity of impairment caused by Reading Disorder-Dyslexia in adolescent and adult clients may be underestimated. These clients often do not respond to conventional forms of therapy.

This one-day seminar is designed for practitioners wanting to know about this disorder, as well as those who are seasoned diagnosticians wishing to hone their skills. Attendees will be provided simple, clear models for understanding the complex genetic and neuroanatomical origins of the disorder, symptoms seen in those individuals and the tremendous emotional overlay that has resulted from a lifetime of living with the symptoms of this disorder. Assessment and accommodations will be discussed, as well as therapeutic suggestions for the emotional overlay of the disorder. The negative effect on social interactions, relationships, work and academic life of these individuals will be discussed with practical information about what can be done to help these concerns. An in-depth discussion of psychological/psychiatric co-morbidity and how to address these disorders will also be given. Each participant will leave the seminar with a comprehensive “toolbox” of suggestions and resources prepared by Dr. Blake that will be immediately applicable after the seminar.

Social Difficulties of Learning, Attentional and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Screening and Treatment; DSM-5® Edition

Update of Dr. Blake’s popular seminar described above using DSM-5® criteria.

Life-changing Interventions for the New AD/HD: Beyond the DSM-5®

An   in depth look at the changes from DSM-IV®, TR to DSM-5® related to AD/HD. What was added, what wasn’t and why will be discussed. Where was the science followed and where was it ignored and why will be covered. And most importantly, what does all this mean for diagnosis, treatment and getting services for those with this disorder will be focused on.

Developmentally Disconnected: Evidence-Based Tools for Transforming Social Competence

Traditionally, social deficits that accompany developmental disorders have been attributed to a lack of social skills knowledge. Therapies designed to help have been heavily weighted toward social skills training, often resulting in minimal, plodding progress while clients continue to face verbal and non-verbal communication barriers at home, in the classroom, and beyond. Recent research utilizing advanced brain imaging techniques has identified neurobiological deficits that underlie your clients’ difficulties in social interaction. This one-day seminar will teach you to address these deficits in complement with skills coaching, giving you the tools to guide clients to their full social potential. Review exciting research on the unique neurophysiology associated with neurobiological disorders and its effect on social expression and interaction. Discuss changes to diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5®, and discover effective treatments for a wide variety of the most common neurosocial problems.

Navajo Nation Four Corner, AZ

Navajo Nation, Four Corners, AZ

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WEBINARS DR. BLAKE HAS DONE IN THE PAST

Dr. Blake has done six webinar in the past for  Cross Country Education . These are designed primarily for credentialed professionals in medical and mental health fields. One, or two hours of CE hours are  offered for each webinar. The following is a brief description these webinars (Contact Cross Country Education for details.):

Understanding Inattentive ADHD: Evidence-Based Screening and Treatment Strategies (Recently Updated!) (One Hour Webinar)

Little research has been done compared to Combined Type ADHD and most seminars and webinars spend only a small portion of time on Inattentive ADHD. This very popular one-hour course will provide participants with the latest information about screening, Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, symptomatology, comoridities, treatment modalities, medication and how Inattentive ADHD may be mentioned in DSM-5®.

Everyone is a Stranger: Face Blindness in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (One Hour Webinar)

Learn about the latest research on Face Blindness, also known as Developmental Prosopagnosia, and how it can affect children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This one-hour webinar will cover the neuroanatomy of Developmental Prosopagnoisia, symptoms of the disorder and how to screen for it. Methods of how to accomodate children with Developmental Prosopagnosia, evidence-based treatment methods and helpful technologies will be discussed.

“No! I Don’t Want to Give My Child a Drug to Treat Their ADHD”: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for ADHD (One Hour Webinar)

This webinar uses an objective, evidence-based approach to discuss what treatment options are available when medication is not an option. Discover scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques and help determine the best treatment for your client.

Healthy Sexual Development In Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder (A One Hour Webinar)

Learn the latest in teaching health sexual development and behavior for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Inattentive AD/HD in the DSM-5®: Finding Consensus or Igniting Debate (A Two Hour Webinar)

This webinar updates participants regarding how Inattentive AD/HD and “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo” is viewed in light of the changes in the DSM-5®.

Getting Back On Track: Understanding and Treating Executive Function and AD/HD (A Two Hour Webinar)

Learn how to find and treat the executive function deficits of AD/HD.