What is Project ECHO Autism?

Project ECHO Autism is an online learning and guided practice model that is revolutionizing professional health education. The program links clinicians practicing in local communities (“spokes”) with specialist care teams (“hubs”). It is hosted in a teleconsultation format involving a mix of didactic presentations and in-depth case consultations.

Autism effects one out of every 39 children in the state of North Carolina. Referrals to specialty clinics often involve travel and long waitlists for families. We want to support local mental health providers to improve their knowledge and confidence in providing evidence-based strategies and treatment to individuals with ASD.

Behavioral health or primary care providers in North Carolina who have individuals with an autism spectrum disorder of any age on their caseload and who would like to develop their expertise in working with this population.

If you are a North Carolina behavioral health or primary care provider and are interested in being added to an interest list for the next cohort, please email: teacch_echomd@med.unc.edu

The cost to participate is free. Continuing education credits and level IV MOC credits (when applicable) will also be provided free of charge.

To participate you need a device (desktop computer, laptop, phone, tablet) with a microphone, camera, and internet access

Participation includes 90-minute teleconsultation events held 2 times monthly. ECHO sessions are typically held on Mondays around lunchtime.

Registration for Project ECHO Autism is currently open for mental health providers in Western North Carolina who have individuals with an autism spectrum disorder of any age on their caseload and who would like to develop their expertise in working with this population.

Your commitment of participation would include 90-minute teleconsultation events held the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 11:30AM-1:00PM. The dates and didactic topic schedule are as follows:

1. Learning Style of Autism and Evidence-Based Strategies – 10/19/2020
2. Structured TEACCHing Intervention Strategies – 11/02/2020
3. Behavior from the Autism Perspective – 11/16/2020
4. ASD and Anxiety – 12/07/2020
5. Working with Schools – 12/21/2020
6. ASD and ADHD – 01/04/2021
7. Emotion Regulation Intervention Strategies – 02/01/2021
8. Providing Parent Support – 02/15/2021
9. Social Competency Intervention Strategies – 03/01/2021
10. Topic TBD based on participant input – 03/15/2021

Send an email to teacch_echomh@med.unc.edu to sign up!

If you are a North Carolina behavioral health or primary care provider and are interested in being added to an interest list for the next cohort, please email: teacch_echomd@med.unc.edu