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Transition Planning – Buy-Ins and Pay-Offs: Effective Motivational Strategies for ASD Youth, Caregivers, Mentors, and Teams

Betty McCluskey, MS, LPC
1 Hour 29 Minutes
Mar 01, 2021
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In this compelling session, you’ll learn how to successfully work in conjunction with an individual with autism and their support team to develop meaningful, achievable transition goals. You’ll walk away with assessments and strategies to successfully implement goals from middle school through high school and beyond targeting employment and/or post-secondary training and education outcomes. 


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Betty McCluskey, MS, LPC, is a therapist in private practice in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. She completed her MS in Guidance and Counseling at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She completed her internship in the Student Counseling Office on campus and became employed by the university as an Assistant Professor in the Developmental Studies/Psychology Departments. She is an energetic professional who is motivated to help individuals with ASD advance their abilities for their personal and professional success. As a practitioner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, she is skilled at motivating, communicating with, and advocating for individuals with mental health and emotional disorders.

Betty is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin with 25 years of counseling experience. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin; she is a member of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, A Volunteer Parent Liaison for Wisconsin FACETS, a member of the Family-School-Community Alliance (FSCA), and a lifelong member of Girls Scouts USA.

She lives in Tomahawk, Wisconsin with her husband, Jim, a Rutgers Ph.D, and her daughter, Colleen, a Masters Degree seeking student at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, both of whom have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Betty McCluskey, MS, LPC is the owner and outpatient psychotherapist of the Psychological Resource Center, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Betty McCluskey, MS, LPC sits on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin. She is a member of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin; the Wisconsin Counseling Association; and the National Board of Certified Counselors. Her husband and daughter have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.


  1. Propose realistic transition expectations to a caregiver about their child and the IEP team.
  2. Apply principles of motivation for ASD individuals in transition planning.
  3. Determine the appropriate educational, emotional, and functional levels for transitioning an ASD individual.


  • Etiology of Transition Planning  
    • When to begin transition planning  
    • IDEA requirements for transitioning 
  • The Disconnect between the IEP Team and Caregivers  
    • Abdicating responsibility, then assigning blame  
    • Caregivers that have unrealistic expectations for their child  
    • Caregivers that have unrealistic expectations for their IEP team  
  • Speaking Their Language  
    • Difference between the ASD Amygdala and the NT Amygdala and why it matters  
    • Cheerleading vs leading   
    • Providing information vs providing answers  
  • Involving the Child in Transition Planning  
    • Getting the child to “buy into” transition planning and progressive goal setting  
    • Motivating the child to achieve goals through intrinsic and extrinsic motivation  
    • Motivating the caregiver to motivate the child 

Target Audience

  • Case Managers 
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Psychologists  
  • School Administrators 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers 
  • Teachers 

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