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Courtney's Professional Journey

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Publications

Olinger, C. (2021). Narrative practices and autism part 1: Theory and engagement: Shedding ableism from therapy. International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, 2, 32-41.

Olinger, C. (2021). Narrative practices and autism part 2: Expanding on understandings of autism. International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, 2, 42-49.

Olinger, C. (2021). Narrative practices and autism part 3: Scaffolding practice toward identity, advocacy and communities of support. International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, 2, 50-59.

*2021 3-part series available at https://dulwichcentre.com.au/international-journal-of-narrative-therapy-and-community-work/

Olinger, C. (2010a). Privileging insider-knowledges in the world of autism. International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, 2, 37-50.

Olinger, C. (2010b). Working toward agency among the autism community: A participatory action research study (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest dissertations and Theses database (UMI No. 3451908).

Image by Tamara Gak

Research Experience

(2016 & 2018)  ASD Thrive Program of Family Wellness Center, funded by National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR). Initial grant looked at improvement of mental health challenges within a family when the family of a child with autism, ages 8-13, was given comprehensive services including 12 sessions Family Therapy, 48 hours of Skills Training, 9 months of Parent Support Group and 9 sessions of Parent Training over 9 months. 2018 grant expanded the program to look at progress and impact for a family of a child with autism, ages 13-18.

 

(2010)  Alliant International University (AIU), San Diego, CA. Doctoral Dissertation. Primary Investigator: Courtney Olinger, M.A.; Supervisor: Dr. Jan Ewing, PhD. Working Toward Agency Among the Autism Community: A Participatory Action Research, A community based qualitative study with families of children with ASD.

 

(2002-2003)  University of California at San Diego, Autism Lab, Dr. Lara Schreibman, PhD.

  • Father-focused Parent Training of Pivotal Response Training (PRT) for Children with Autism. Principal investigator Jamie Winter.

  • Efficacy of PRT vs. Discrete Trial Training (DTT) for children with autism