Dr. Brandon Rodgers, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy at Lee University, spoke at the fourth Annual North Georgia Autism Conference last month. The conference was held in Dalton, Georgia, and is intended for parents, caregivers, educators, professionals, young adults on the autism spectrum, self-advocates, and other interested persons.
Dr. Rodgers presented “A New Identity: A Family Systems Perspective of an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.” His presentation was specifically targeted toward parents and professionals and explored the diagnostic impact of an autism spectrum disorder through a systemic lens of the entire family. Rodgers discussed transitional role struggles that are commonly identified following an autism spectrum diagnosis, as well as the therapeutic needs identified by families.
“It’s truly a blessing to be able to engage and collaborate with other regional professionals toward the common goal of helping families and children with developmental needs,” Dr. Rodgers said. “Our goal is to help instill a sense of hope for families in our region and provide them with practical strategies and resources that are intended to alleviate some of their common struggles.”
Dr. Rodgers joined Lee’s faculty this fall. Prior to Lee, he served as the director of Behavioral Health Services at Siskin Children’s Institute and as a faculty member at the University of Tennessee in its College of Medicine.
He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University.
For more information on the North Georgia Autism Conference, visit http://lifelinefamilies.org/events/4th-annual-north-georgia-autism-conference/.