LIVE EVENTS

Attend one of Tony and Michelle's live events, whether it's a day-long workshop or two-day intensive masterclass. NB: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, all events are webcast.

The aim of this seminar is to equip participants with knowledge and strategies for increasing relationship satisfaction where one or both partners have autism. The initial promise of the relationship is exhilarating, each partner adoring the other and highly motivated to make it work. All couples discover issues, as the relationship develops, but when each partner’s neurology is working slightly differently, the other’s perspectives, needs and expectations can seem incomprehensible and communication almost impossible. The issues can become more difficult and regular couple counselling sessions do not seem to work.

This seminar recognises and celebrates the qualities of both partners, and presents strategies commonly found to be helpful in improving neurodiverse relationships. Tony and Michelle draw on their extensive experience in autism and couples counselling to present this seminar.

  • $175 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for couples and relationship counsellors.
For clinicians: To be able to successfully deliver the Exploring Depression programme with an autistic adolescent or adult, in an individual and group format.

For autistic adolescents and adults; their parents and/or partners: To deepen understanding of the specific strategies within the Exploring Depression programme and how to apply these in the autistic person’s life successfully.

Participants will also increase their understanding about why autistic adolescents and adults are likely to develop signs of depression, how to recognize depression in autism, and how to modify therapy to accommodate the characteristics of autism.

  • $275 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for clinicians who are trained to deliver therapy, such as psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, therapists and educators; older adolescents and adults who have autism and depression; family members and carers who support them

The course will equip participants to understand the reasons behind the challenging behaviour to working hypotheses that will meaningfully inform a positive behavioural support plan. Participants will learn effective strategies to assist to develop communication tools, teach new behaviours effectively, encourage good social outcomes, accommodate sensory sensitivity, and manage strong emotions.

  • $175 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for Parents, Family Members, Health and Educational Professionals who see children and/or adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Level 2 or 3 as part of their practice, including psychologists, teachers, teachers assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.

The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with specific skills and strategies to make the teenage years a success. Autistic teens use specific coping strategies to cope with having autism. The coping styles and the implications of these for understanding, teaching, parenting and managing autistic teens are described. The presenters will focus on a range of areas known to be important to autistic teenagers including the transition into high school, the learning profile and specific strategies to encourage academic and social success, the management of anxiety, stress, anger and depression, friendships, relationships and sexuality, what to do about bullying, and transition into a career.

  • $175 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for parents, family members, health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with Autism (ASD Level 1 or 2) as part of their practice, including psychologists, paediatric psychiatrists, paediatricians, GPs, teachers, teacher’s assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, counsellors, and social workers.

This workshop will equip the participant to design and conduct a diagnostic assessment for an older adolescent or adult who may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to discover whether or not the person has autism, and to understand the differential and comorbid diagnoses.

On Day 2 participants will learn the common clinical presentations of adults with autism, the reasons for the challenges, and interventions to assist the client and their families, and teachers.

  • $315 – $630 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for professionals who see adults and/or older adolescents with autism as part of their work, including psychologists, GPs, psychiatrists, employment agencies, social workers, counsellors, high school teachers, teachers assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and staff in clinics for mental health problems, eating disorders, substance use issues, gender identity issues, and forensic issues.
Participants will be trained in how to use the Fun with Feelings programme, which is a ten-stage programme to assist autistic children aged 4-8 years old to understand and manage anxiety.  Fun with Feelings is based on a deep understanding of autistic individuals, successful clinical research trials of the programme, and cognitive and behavioural principles.

Fun with Feelings was designed to be utilized by parents and carers with their child, in a home setting, but can also be delivered directly to the parent and child within a school or clinic setting. 

Participants are trained in each of the therapeutic activities that comprise the ten stage programme.

  • $175 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for family members and carers of young children who have anxiety and autism; professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, therapists and educators

Through several decades of working with children and adolescents with ASD and their families and schools, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting children with ASD to learn about, and manage, their emotions from anxiety to love.

  • $175 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for teachers, teacher aides, SEDU staff, school administration staff, mental health professionals, including psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, counsellors, GPs, paediatricians and psychiatrists, parents, carers and family members who support a child or adolescent with ASD  child or adolescent with ASD 

This presentation will celebrate the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum (ASD). It will increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation of ASD and share strategies we find useful in clinical practice. We will address key challenges, including self-understanding, adolescence, relationships and expressing and managing emotions. We will provide strategies to maximise the possibility of successful outcomes.

  • $175 (early bird price)
  • 9.30am – 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Suitable for parents and family members, autistic girls and women, teachers, therapists, psychologists, paediatricians and psychiatrists