Why Snake Oil Sells--Fads in Autism Treatment


Victoria Miller, MA, BCBA, LBS


The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) is at an all-time high (CDC, 2014), and to date, there is no known cure for autism. In turn, these facts have opened the field of autism treatment up to a plethora of dubious, unsubstantiated, and potentially harmful therapies.

  • Applied behavior analytic techniques have proven most effective in this area over several decades of research, though do not remain protocol for ASD treatment.
  • Clinicians may be faced with a number of challenging issues in practice related to the provision of fad treatments for their clients with ASDs.
  • An overview of the implication of ethics and legal issues as they relate to fad treatments will be provided, along with characteristics of fads and why they continue to persist despite contradictory evidence.
  • An overview of specific, current and popular fads in autism treatment will be provided. Participants will be exposed to a decision-making model to assist other professionals and families in determining what effect a particular treatment has on their client/child.
  • Finally, future directions in the arena of ABA and autism treatment will be discussed.
  • This training is approved through the state of Pennsylvania for ABA training credits.
  • PCS provides light refreshments at all trainings. Lunch is not provided. Please come prepared with a packed lunch as there will be time for a brief working lunch.
  • By attending a PCS training, you are giving PCS permission to videotape you and any discussion you participate in for video training purposes.


Credits Available

6.5 APA CE Credits For Psychologists or Social Worker Credits
6 BCBA CE Credits
7 BSL CE Credits
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Seminar Location

PCS Headquarters
200 North 7th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046

April 10, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $100


Seminar Contact

Adam Hultstrand

Director of Education

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  • PCS is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • People who attend PCS trainings and seminars in their entirety may receive CE credits for psychologists/LPC/ LSW/LCSW/ LMFT or general training credits, including CAC/DDAP. For other licenses, please consult with your respective licensing board.
    • Following each seminar, participants who have attended the seminar in its entirety will receive a PCS Training Feedback form via email.
    • After receipt of the completed form, PCS will issue a certificate via email indicating the CE credits that have been obtained.
    NOTE: Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) trainings are for BSL licensure credits only. APA continuing education credits noted above do not apply.