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LIVE WEBCAST: Addiction and Autism - 8 September 2023

$78

Early Bird pricing ends 25th August, 2023

Live Webcast – Friday 8th September 2023

1:30pm – 4:45pm – AEST (Brisbane)

Description

We know from research that approximately 30% of individuals with a substance-related addictive disorder are autistic. Many autistic individuals struggle with behavioural addictions, such as Internet gaming. Autism is a risk factor for developing an addiction and is a factor that needs assessment and consideration in the recovery from addiction. This presentation will cover the latest research on the assessment and treatment of addiction in the context of autism, particular challenges for the autistic person, parents and professionals, and how to meet these challenges. Modifications to both inpatient and outpatient programmes for the treatment of addiction will be discussed.

Who Will Benefit?

Parents and carers with autistic children and adults who also have an addictive disorder, including Internet gaming

Autistic adults who are struggling with an addictive disorder

Health professionals supporting and treating autistic clients who are struggling with addiction, for e.g.: Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists, GPs, Paediatricians

Educational professionals including: Teachers, Teacher’s Aides, Principals, Deputy Principals, Administrative Staff, Guidance Officers, and School Counsellors.

Does your Child or Adolescent have NDIS Funding?

If you are self-managed or third party-managed and parent education is in the Plan you can use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

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Description

We know from research that approximately 30% of individuals with a substance-related addictive disorder are autistic. Many autistic individuals struggle with behavioural addictions, such as Internet gaming. Autism is a risk factor for developing an addiction and is a factor that needs assessment and consideration in the recovery from addiction. This presentation will cover the latest research on the assessment and treatment of addiction in the context of autism, particular challenges for the autistic person, parents and professionals, and how to meet these challenges. Modifications to both inpatient and outpatient programmes for the treatment of addiction will be discussed.

About the speakers

Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on Autism Spectrum Disorder. He currently works in his own private practice and is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006, has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1. Tony has been a sole and joint author for a further 14 subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press. He has also contributed to 38 research papers and 22 book chapters.

 

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD Dr Michelle Garnett is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for three decades. Her peer-reviewed research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health for autistic individuals. She has co-authored seven highly regarded books on autism, six with Prof Tony Attwood. Her most recent book, Autism Working: A Seven-Stage Plan to Thriving at Work lays out a practical plan for autistic adolescents and adults to thrive at work, including how to onboard an autistic employee. Her 2019 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She co-wrote Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum to provide guidance to parents of young autistic children. She runs a private practice in Brisbane, Australia, and regularly provides training in autism nationally and internationally.

Learning Objectives

To gain an up-to-date understanding of the co-occurrence of autism and addiction based on the latest research;

To understand the unique challenges that occur for the individual, the family, and professionals when addictive disorders occur in the context of autism;

To know the current best practice guidelines for the treatment of an addictive disorder when the person is autistic, including modifications to outpatient and inpatient therapy;

To support parents with knowledge and strategies for supporting and assisting in the recovery of their loved one with an addictive disorder at home.

What will I be able to do as a result of taking this course?

To achieve greater knowledge and confidence in understanding and supporting autistic individuals who are struggling with an addictive disorder to maximise the best outcomes.

What You Will Receive

The Live Training runs for 3 hours

There is opportunity for Q&A with Michelle and Tony

Downloadable Handouts to complement the course

You may count 3 hours toward your CPD hours

All attendees will be given access to the recording for 60 days after the event (accessed via the Member Dashboard)

Certificate of Attendance (upon request)

This live course counts for 3 hours of Continuing Professional Development.

Within 24 hours, you will receive an email with your login credentials for the new Member Dashboard. If you haven’t received these details after 48 hours, please email events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com

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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 events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com 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.