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Understanding the Substance Use of Autistic Adolescents and Adults: a Mixed-methods Approach

About the Course:

Autistic individuals might be more likely to misuse substances than non-autistic individuals. Better understanding of these patterns can help clinicians identify strategies to reduce substance use, protecting physical and mental health. The aim of this study was to compare the experiences of substance use between autistic and non-autistic adolescents and adults.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Understanding the Substance Use of Autistic Adolescents and Adults: a Mixed-methods Approach created by Elizabeth Weir, PhD. et al. in 2021.

Publication Date:

Lancet Psychiatry 2021; 8: 673–85 Jul 2021

Course Material Authors

Elizabeth Weir, PhD.

Dr. Elizabeth Weir earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre. She is currently employed as a PDRA Rokos Fellow at the Autism Research Centre at Queens’ University. Her research focus is on experiences of autistic individuals in the areas of health, healthcare, education, and employment. She has published multiple works in peer reviewed journals.

Carrie Allison, PhD.

Dr. Carrie Allison has a degree in Psychology from Durham University and completed her PhD and post-doc at the Autism Research Centre in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health. Dr. Allison developed ‘Red Flags’ to improve autism identification, based around the adult, adolescent, and child versions of the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), as well as the Q-CHAT. She has published multiple works in peer reviewed journals

Course Creator

Danny Wamsley, LCASA

Danny Wamsley is a licensed addiction specialist with a clinical certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD). Danny currently works in manage care as a DSS liaison. His primary goal is to provide consultation to social workers who are involved with child-protective services and In-Home Services. Danny also has 10+ years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability and substance use. Danny’s professional interests include addictions/recovery, intellectual disability, foster care, military, trauma, and domestic violence.

Recommended For:

Addiction professionals, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for beginners.

Course Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast the substance use experiences of autistic and non-autistic adolescents and adults.

  2. Describe autistic adolescents and adults’ substance usage.

  3. Identify strategies to reduce substance use, protecting physical and mental health

Course Material

References begin on page 13.

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