Minnesota Department of Public Safety IAAI Pre-conference

Training: Understanding Firesetting Behavior in People with ASD or ADHD

Unfortunately, IAAI has decided to cancel the conference, therefore the Minnesota Department of Public Safety IAAI Pre-conference "Training: Understanding Firesetting Behavior in People with ASD or ADHD" will also be canceling.

Hopefully this class will be re-scheduled in conjunction with IAAI when they reschedule.

About the Training

This training is an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and will outline similarities and differences between the two. The training will also:

  • Explore the research regarding firesetting behavior in the ASD and ADHD populations.
  • Describe a multidisciplinary approach in the prevention and treatment of firesetting behaviors for individuals with ASD and ADHD, including how to find mental health professionals willing to collaborate in prevention and treatment efforts.
  • Offer strategies for developing and implementing a comprehensive fire safety curriculum, including best practices for responders during fire emergencies.

Robyn DeCourcy, an education specialist for the Autism Society of Minnesota, will present for half of the training. She has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum for more than 12 years, and designed a multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree (Liberal Arts and Autism Studies) at the University of Minnesota.

Training Highlight

Parents of children with these disorders will answer questions and talk about how they best teach their children during a panel discussion. 

Why Should You Attend?

Fires — whether set accidentally or set intentionally — can have devastating consequences. To reduce the occurrence of youth-set fires, we need to be aware of the complex factors that often contribute to that behavior. Evidence suggests that individuals with ASD and ADHD may be at additional risk to engage in fire-setting behavior. 

What You Need to Know

When: Tuesday, March 24 from 1-5 p.m.
Where: Park Event Center, 500 Division St., Waite Park, MN 56387
Cost: $30 (not payable at the door, please register here)


Contact Kathi Osmonson at 651-201-7220 or [email protected]