LIVE WEBCAST: Couples and Apsergers Syndrome 20 February 2021

$195.00 $175.00


Saturday 20th February 2021

9.30am – 4.00pm AEST (Streamed online from Brisbane, Australia)

The event will celebrate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and neurotypicality (NT) in relationships. We discuss the strengths both partners bring to their relationship, and the unique challenges of ASD in couple relationships.

Conventional relationship strategies may have had limited utility in the past, leading to a sense of hopelessness about the relationship. We share our own discoveries of strategies that have been helpful in our clinical practice.

Who will benefit?

  • Couples where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum
  • Relationship counsellors
  • Clinical psychologists



Learning objectives

To identify the:

  • Characteristics of each partner that tend to be perceived as most attractive
  • Evolving signs that the relationship is different to conventional relationships
  • Effect of the relationship on each partner
  • Contrasting definitions of love and how to express love within the relationship
  • Issues with verbal, emotional and physical intimacy
  • Strategies to strengthen the relationship
  • Research findings on couples with one or both partners having signs of autism
  • Components of the Relationship Minefield programme

Module breakdown

Module 1

  • Qualities of an Asperger partner
  • What attracted you to your Aspie partner?
  • What attracted you to your neurotypical partner?
  • What signs indicated he or she was different?

Module 2

  • Question time
  • What signs indicated he or she was different? – continued
  • Effects of the relationship on each partner

Module 3

  • Question time
  • What strategies strengthen the relationship?
  • Research on couples where one partner has Asperger’s syndrome
  • The Relationship Minefield Programme
  • Session 1 Love and attraction
  • Session 2 Communication of thoughts and emotions
  • Session 3 Stress and anxiety management
  • Session 4 Anger expression and management
  • Session 5 Love and affection

Module 4

  • Question time
  • Session 6 Intimacy
  • Session 7 Working as a team
  • Session 8 The future


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 five highly regarded books on autism. Her most recent book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation,
Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.

Cancellation/Refund Policy Australia

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.