LIVE WEBCAST: Exploring Depression – Training in a CBT Programme for Adolescents and Adults with Autism and Depression 26 March 2021

$295.00 $275.00

Earlybird price til Friday 12th March, 2021

Friday 26th March, 2021 – 9.30am – 4.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST – Brisbane)

Goals of this Workshop:
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.

The Workshop is 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

What is Included in the Price of the Training:

Access to attend the live presentation (6 hours of training)

Access to view the recording of the presentation again for 60 days following the date of the live presentation

A 15% discount code if you would like to purchase a copy of the Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues book by Tony Attwood, Michelle Garnett and Colin Thompson, (published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers). The code is valid on the Woodslane website ( if you are in Australia & New Zealand, or Jessica Kingsley Publishers ( if you are in the UK).

Access to view the companion video footage of 1.5 hours of live group therapy (a follow-up session) conducted by Tony and Michelle

Handouts for the Powerpoint slides used on the day, and several useful Handouts to supplement learning (provided prior to the event)



Workshop Description:

Participants will be trained in how to administer the Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues programme, which is a ten-stage programme to treat depression in autistic adolescents and adults.  The programme was designed and evaluated by Tony and Michelle.  Exploring Depression is based on current research, mindfulness, cognitive and behavioural principles, and a deep understanding of autistic individuals and how they learn and change.  Exploring Depression can be delivered as an individual or group therapy programme, or can be utilized as a self-help guide at home, with the assistance of a carer or family member.  Whilst this workshop was designed to train clinicians, it would be beneficial for carers, family members and people with autism to attend.  Participants are trained in each of the therapeutic activities that comprise the ten stage programme.  Issues that can impede therapy are discussed, and recommended strategies to overcome these barriers are presented.

Teaching Process:

Information is presented via a combination of didactic teaching, case studies and Q&A, and will be supplemented with video footage from a group therapy session conducted by Tony and Michelle.  Participants attend via link to a live presentation.  They have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.

Description of the Ten Stage Exploring Depression Programme

Stage 1: Identifying and understanding personal qualities and abilities

Stage 2: Practices to increase self-awareness; understanding the factors underpinning and maintaining depression

Stage 3: Introduction to the Emotion repair toolbox and starting to use Physical Tools

Stage 4: Art and Pleasure Tools

Stage 5: Thinking Tools from Positive Psychology

Stage 6: Thinking Tools: Common cognitive distortions in ASD and how to deal with them; increasing social support

Stage 7: Thinking Tool: Creating realistic responses; learning relaxation strategies

Stage 8: Learning more relaxation strategies; issues with substance abuse and addiction in autism; identifying reasons for self-harm and using the toolbox to substitute

Stage 9: Understanding the ‘depression attack’ and developing a safety plan

Stage 10: Imagining the future, developing a relapse management plan, developing a plan to get to the imagined future


See trailer below for more information on content for the day.

About the speakers

Prof. Tony Attwood PhD is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, educator, and author. Recently featured on ABC’s Australian Story, Tony is one of the world’s foremost authorities on autism. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals is an international best seller and seminal in the field.


Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for 27 years. In 2005 she founded Minds & Hearts, a now internationally recognised Clinic. Her research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health. She has co-authored six highly regarded books on autism, including a seminal work with Barb Cook on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.

Learning Objectives

Knowledge of the latest research on autism and depression including studies on the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation in autistic individuals, treatments including pharmacotherapy, and assessment tools.

How to recognize and assess both the conventional signs of depression and the signs of depression specific to autistic adolescents and adults.

Increased awareness of aspects of autism that will affect the planning and delivery of therapy such as alexithymia, empathic attunement, camouflaging and concept of self.

Understands the reasons an autistic person may develop depression.

Knowledge of available resources to facilitate emotion education, communication, and self-regulation relevant to depression, and how to source them.

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 individuals and their carers: To deepen understanding of the specific strategies within the Exploring Depression programme and how to apply these in the autistic person’s life successfully.

Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy Australia

Please Note: The quickest and easiest way to book is online.

Discount: If you are a full time student requiring a discount please enquire about our student rate and send in a photocopy of your student ID card or if you are facing hardship please email to apply for a discount.

For Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice payment will be refunded, minus a $50 administrative fee. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Attwood and Garnett Events for future events, minus $50, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable.