Global Autism Interactive Network (GAIN)

Welcome to GAIN!

The Global Autism Interactive Network (GAIN) is a professional development program designed to improve proficiency on the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition) the gold-standard autism diagnostic test, while creating with a network of fellow ADOS-2 implementers. GAIN is a virtual, live training webinar hosted by preeminent national ADOS-2 trainers, Vanessa Bal, Ph.D., Somer Bishop, Ph.D., Amy Esler, Ph.D., Stephen Kanne, Ph.D., and So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D.

Meet our GAIN Trainers

Vanessa Bal

Vanessa Bal, Ph.D. - Dr. Vanessa Bal is an Associate Professor and Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey and director of the LifeSPAN ASD Lab. Dr. Bal's research program emphasizes a lifespan perspective to furthering understanding of autism spectrum disorder in adulthood. Her expertise centers on assessment and measurement of clinical behavioral phenotypes in neurodevelopmental disorders to inform interdisciplinary approaches to delineating biological-behavioral associations and characterization of strengths and challenges in autistic adults. 

Somer Bishop

Somer Bishop, Ph.D. - Dr. Somer Bishop is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Weill Institute for Neurosciences at the University of California San Francisco. She is a clinical psychologist within the UCSF Center for ASD and NDDs, and participates in comprehensive, multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and adults with ASD and related disorders. Dr. Bishop's research and clinical interests focus on assessment and measurement of social-communication and restricted and repetitive behaviors associated with ASD/NDDs, and how these symptom dimensions are affected by developmental, comorbid emotional/behavioral and contextual factors.

Amy Esler

Amy Esler, Ph.D., LP - Dr. Amy Esler is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and licensed psychologist at the University of Minnesota.  She is the section head of the Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic and leads the Fragile X Clinic. Dr. Esler is an expert diagnostician in autism across the lifespan. Her research and clinical interests focus on prevalence, reducing health disparities in autism, and developing evidence based practices for assessment and care of individuals at the severe end of the autism spectrum.

Stephen Kanne

Stephen Kanne, Ph.D., ABPP - Dr. Kanne is the Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at Weill Cornell Medical School. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and a Professor in the Department of Health Psychology. He received his bachelor's degree and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington University. He completed a clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He then worked for 5 years at St. Louis Children's Hospital as a pediatric neuropsychologist followed by 4 years in the at the University of Missouri specializing in autism and pediatric neuropsychology, before becoming the Director of the Autism Center at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. He returned to the University of Missouri in 2012 as the Executive Director of the Thompson Center, and transitioned to Weill Cornell in 2020. Dr. Kanne's current research interests focus on children with autism, targeting diagnostic tools, outcome measures, behavioral phenotyping, co-occurring symptoms, evidence-based therapies, and subthreshold symptoms. In addition to publishing in the areas of autism, Dr. Kanne has also published in the areas of cognitive neuropsychology, history of neuropsychology, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. Dr. Kanne is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology. He also loves to teach and train, providing workshops nationally and internationally in autism. 

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So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D. - Dr. So Hyun “Sophy” Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a Director of Clinical and Research Operations at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) and a clinical psychologist. She provides assessment and treatment of children and adults with ASD and related disorders. Dr. Kim's research and clinical interests focus on identification of early behavioral phenotypes and examining developmental trajectories of children with ASD. She is a co-author on language and treatment outcome measures including the Observation of Spontaneous Expressive Language (OSEL), the Brief Observation of Social Communication Change (BOSCC), and the Measure of NDBI Strategy Implementation-Caregiver Change (MONSI-CC).

  

  

Special Acknowledgement

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Kourtney Christopher, M.Ed.

We would like to acknowledge Kourtney Christopher, whose vision and determination founded the GAIN program. Kourtney recognized the complexity of administering and coding the ADOS-2 and started brainstorming ways that she and others could be supported in the use of the ADOS. Kourtney took the initiative to bring together a talented group of ADOS trainers and engaged them to share their proficiency of the ADOS with other autism specialists.  Kourtney has provided many hours of support to the GAIN program and we would like to recognize and thank her for her tireless efforts and devotion.

GAIN Office Hours

GAIN Office Hours aim to support GAIN participants in the following areas:

  • ADOS-2 administration & coding questions
  • ADI-R administration & coding questions
  • Strategies and tips to develop appropriate test batteries
  • Tips on approaching complex cases
  • Guidance on how to find information and resources for testing

Office Hours are not case consultations.  Please do not share PHI during Office Hours.  Office Hours are only available to individuals with an active 2022 GAIN subscription.  Office Hours are held on the first Friday of the month from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (12pm-1pm CST, 11am-12pm MST, 10am-11am PST) for a fee of $30.  The $30 fee includes three 1-hour sessions.  Office Hours are not recorded.  

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CE Credits

Up to 18 live, online CE contact hours (4.5 per module series) will be awared to licensed psychologists and social workers who have met the attendance requirements below. 

Psychologists: Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) Department of Psychiatry, 525 E 68th St. New York, NY 10065, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0192. WCM is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WCM maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers: The New York Presbyterian Hospital Department of Social Work is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers # SW 0155. Social workers from other states, please confirm with your state licensing board. Please note that we do not specify type of credits (general, cultural competence, clinical, etc.)

CE Certificate Requirements

Please note that in order to receive your CE certificate for each 4.5 credit module series, you must attend the full module series (3 live sessions) and complete the evaluation in accordance with NYSED and APA requirements. Please plan accordingly to sign in with your full name, log-in on time, and remain for the duration of each session. There is a 10 minute grace period at the start OR end of the webinar- no more than 10-minutes total can be missed. Participants who do not meet the attendance requirements will not receive a CE certificate or refund.

Each live webinar will begin promptly at 12:45pm EST. Please plan to be logged in by 12:55pm EST at the latest OR leaving no earlier than 2:05pm EST.

CE Distribution: Evaluation forms will be distributed via email following the final webinar of each series to those meeting the attendance requirements above. There will be one feedback evaluation and certificate awarding 4.5 CE hours for each module series. Evaluations must be completed within one month of the final webinar of the series.

Complaints: The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Psychiatry (WCM) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. WCM will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the members of the Continuing Education committee in consultation with the CE Chair. While WCM goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the program staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the program staff or an officer of WCM. 

To submit a complaint to the WCM CE committee, please see the WCM CE website: https://psychiatry.weill.cornell.edu/education-training/continuing-education-committee-members

To submit a complaint about CE credits, please contact Theodora Kanellopoulos at Dok2002@med.cornell.edu or by phone at 914-997-5201. Alternatively, correspondence can be mailed to WCM, c/o Dr. Theodora Kanellopoulos at 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, New York, 10605.

2023 Schedule

MODULE 3 - $60 (+ optional $50 CE fee for 4.5 credits)
Lead Trainer: Stephen Kanne, Ph.D.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Friday, February 24, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
 
MODULE 4 - $60 (+ optional $50 CE fee for 4.5 credits)
Lead Trainer: Vanessa Bal, Ph.D.
Friday, April 28, 2023
Friday, May 26, 2023
Friday, June 30, 2023
 
MODULE 1 - $60 (+ optional $50 CE fee for 4.5 credits)
Lead Trainer: Somer Bishop, Ph.D.
Friday, July 28, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023
 
TODDLER MODULE - $60 (+ optional $50 CE fee for 4.5 credits)
Lead Trainer: Amy Esler, Ph.D., LP
Friday, October 27, 2023
Friday, November 17, 2023
Friday, December 15, 2023

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of each module series GAIN participants should be able to:

  • Describe the administration and intent/purpose of the tasks in the module discussed in the webinar
  • Describe the meaning of the specific codes on the module discussed in the webinar
  • Evaluate their and others’ administration of the ADOS-2 module presented in the webinar

What to Expect

GAIN participants will view and score 2 different ADOS-2 administration videos. GAIN trainers will review ADOS-2 administration guidelines and will discuss the recorded video in detail during each webinar. Scoring data collected from all participants will also be analyzed and reviewed during the webinar. GAIN participants will be able to submit questions, comments and concerns to the GAIN training team which will be reviewed and answered in a separate webinar. GAIN trainers will also review and share relevant research findings with participants.

GAIN offers 4 individual module series which highlight various modules of the ADOS-2 (Toddler Module & Module 1, Module 2, Module 3 and Module 4). Each module series consists of 3 monthly webinars held on the 4th Friday of every month from 12:45pm-2:15pm EST (11:45am-1:15pm CST/10:45am-12:15pm MST/9:45am-11:15am PST). Each webinar is schedule for 90 minutes and includes 60-75 minutes of instructional time. Webinars will be recorded for your viewing convenience.

GAIN Archived webinars from prior years (2019, 2020 and 2021) are available for purchase.

Prerequisite Training

In order to participate in GAIN, you must have attended and completed a clinical ADOS-2 training program.

Fees & Discounts

Fees:

The fee for each 3-month module series is $60.00. Optional CE credits are an additional $50.00.

Group Discounts:  

To request a group discount, please contact Angela Constantine at GAIN@med.cornell.edu

  • 10% discount is available to those registering a group of 5 or more individuals from the same institution.  
  • 10% discount is available to those purchasing all 4 modules series.  
  • 20% discount is available to those purchasing all 4 module series for a group of 5 or more individuals from the same institution.
  • DISCOUNTS DO NOT APPLY TO CE CREDIT FEES.

2022 GAIN Archives

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Module-Toddler ($60)

Lead Trainer-Stephen Kanne, Ph.D., ABPP

Friday, January 22, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021

Module: 2 ($60)

Lead Trainer: Somer Bishop, Ph.D.

Friday, April 23, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021

Module: 1 ($60)

Lead Trainer: Vanessa Bal, Ph.D.

Friday, July 23, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021

Module: 3 ($60)

Lead Trainer: Amy Esler, Ph.D., LP

Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Friday, December 17, 2021

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2019 GAIN Archives

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Disclosures

Western Psychological Services (WPS), publisher of the ADOS-2, does not fund the GAIN program.  GAIN focuses on the ADOS-2 only and will not include explicit training on other instruments.

Dr. Vanessa Bal has no conflicts of interest or relevant financial or non-financial disclosures as related to ADOS-2. Dr. Somer Bishop receives honoraria from WPS as an author of the ADOS-2. This will not influence her discussion and she will not make recommendations for commercial products. She has no non-financial disclosures related to ADOS-2.  Dr. Amy Esler has no conflicts of interest or relevant financial or non-financial disclosures as related to ADOS-2.  Dr. Stephen Kanne has no conflicts of interest or relevant financial or non-financial disclosures as related to ADOS-2.

Contact Us

For more information please contact Angela Constantine at GAIN@med.cornell.edu.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your ticket after registration please send written notification to Angela Constantine at gain@med.cornell.edu. Refund requests will be processed according to the following guidelines:

MODULE 3 SERIES

Refund Requests made:

  • Before Monday, January 9, 2023: Refund minus $10 fee
  • Between Monday, January 9 and Monday, January 16, 2023: Refund minus $15 fee
  • Between Tuesday, January 17 and Monday, January 23, 2023: Refund minus $20 fee
  • After Monday, January 23, 2023: No refund
  • Refunds will not be provided to those not meeting the CE attendance requirements.

MODULE 4 SERIES

Refund Requests made:

  • Before Monday, April 10, 2023: Refund minus $10 fee
  • Between Monday, April 10 and Monday, April 17, 2023: Refund minus $15 fee
  • Between Tuesday, April 18 and Monday, April 24, 2023: Refund minus $20 fee
  • After Monday, April 24, 2023: No refund
  • Refunds will not be provided to those not meeting the CE attendance requirements.

MODULE 1 SERIES

Refund Requests made:

  • Before Monday, July 10, 2023: Refund minus $10 fee
  • Between Monday, July 10 and Monday, July 17, 2023: Refund minus $15 fee
  • Between Tuesday, July 18 and Monday, July 24, 2023: Refund minus $20 fee
  • After Monday, July 24, 2023: No refund
  • Refunds will not be provided to those not meeting the CE attendance requirements.

TODDLER MODULE SERIES

Refund Requests made:

  • Before Monday, October 9, 2023: Refund minus $10 fee
  • Between Monday, October 9 and Monday, October 16, 2023: Refund minus $15 fee
  • Between Tuesday, October 17 and Monday, October 23, 2023: Refund minus $20 fee
  • After Monday, October 23, 2023: No refund
  • Refunds will not be provided to those not meeting the CE attendance requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive access to my GAIN purchased modules?

Payments via PayPal take 1-2 business days for our team to receive and process. If you are new to GAIN, you will then receive an email from GAIN@med.cornell.edu with the subject, "Welcome to GAIN." This email will then lead you to a brief demographic/self-efficacy survey. Once complete on your end, you will then be granted access to your purchased module series.

I want to change my GAIN account email address. How do I do that?

Please email GAIN@med.cornell.edu and let us know your current GAIN email address and the new email address you would like your account updated to. We will then update your account within 1-2 business days, and send you a confirmation email once complete.

How do I register a group for GAIN?

To request a group invoice, please contact GAIN@med.cornell.edu with a list of the names and email addresses of the individuals you would like to register. Invoice will be sent within 1-2 business days.

  • 10% discount is available to those registering a group of 5 or more individuals from the same institution.  
  • 10% discount is available to those purchasing all 4 modules series.  
  • 20% discount is available to those purchasing all 4 module series for a group of 5 or more individuals from the same institution.

Do you accept purchase orders?

Due to increased enrollment, we no longer accept purchase orders.

Can I pay by check instead of credit/debit card via PayPal?

Credit/debit card payment via PayPal is highly preferred and will grant you the quickest access to purchased module series. If this is not possible, please contact GAIN@med.cornell.edu to request an invoice. Such exceptions are only made for group purchases, not for individual participants.

I missed my purchased live GAIN module series and/or GAIN Workshop. Can I receive a refund?

Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds for missed series and/or workshops. If you need to cancel, please refer to our Cancellation Policy and be sure to cancel in advance accordingly.

I'd like to submit an ADOS-2 administration video to GAIN. How do I do so?

We are always seeking great ADOS-2 administration videos for our module series! If you are interested, please contact GAIN@med.cornell.edu to receive a patient consent form prior to submitting tapes.