MHCCF Meeting - Bridging the Social Gap

  • Friday, March 21, 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL

Meeting Agenda:

8:30-9 a.m. - Registration and Sign-in

9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker

Speaker: Lisa Hoang LMHC


Topic: Bridging the Social Gap and Connecting Cultures: Autism Spectrum (Aspergers)


 Description: Many workshops have traditionally discussed the general criteria surrounding the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  This workshop will take a more intimate look into some of the specific challenges associated with the Autism Spectrum (i.e. theory of mind, central coherence, executive functioning) and focus on how they impact daily life and relationships.  Basic education will be provided in the above areas to build a better understanding and empathic view of individuals living on the spectrum.  Helpful insights and tips will be shared as well that will benefit individuals on the spectrum, their family members and loved ones, teachers and healthcare professionals.  Everyone will be challenged and empowered to learn the culture of  the ASD community so that we may bridge the social the gap, better understand, connect and cultivate meaningful relationships.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of educating and understanding the ASD community through a "cultural lens."
  2. Define and describe three major challenge areas associated with the AS (i.e. Theory of Mind, Central Coherence and Executive Functioning).
  3. Discuss specific techniques and practical skills that can be used to enhance meaningful relationships and quality of life.

Speaker Bio: Lisa Olivia Hoang is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with seven years of experience in the mental health/counseling field. She is an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University and teaches two courses in the undergrad psychology department. Lisa also works at a group practice where she provides care for individuals, families and groups.  Professor Hoang served as the Associate Program Manager at Pasadena Villa's Transitional Living and Learning Center (2007-2013).  At Pasadena Villa Lisa provided care to many young adults on the AS utilizing the Social Integration Model, which continues to be an anchor in her practice today.  Lisa is passionate about empowering and educating individuals on the AS, specifically Aspergers and assisting with the cultivation of meaningful relationships.   


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