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LIVE WEBCAST: Eating Disorders and Autism - 8 September 2023

$78

Early Bird pricing ends 25th August, 2023

Live Webcast – Friday 8th September, 2023

9:30am – 12:45pm – AEST (Brisbane)

Description

We know from research that approximately 30% of individuals with a diagnosed eating disorder, for example, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and binge-eating disorder, are autistic. In the past autism was not necessarily recognised or accommodated in the treatment of eating disorders, potentially negatively affecting the outcomes of treatment. Some studies have indicated poorer outcomes in treatment for autistic individuals who have an eating disorder. Fortunately, there is now far more research, guidance, and understanding for parents and professionals working in this complex area.

In the presentation, we will provide a research update on our current understanding of the assessment and treatment of eating disorders for autistic individuals. Tony and Michelle draw on their combined experience of over 80 years of clinical experience, and the current research, to provide ideas and strategies to modify existing effective treatments for eating disorders to be successful for autistic individuals.

Who Will Benefit?

Parents and carers with autistic children (including adult children) who also have an eating disorder, or who are struggling in their relationship with eating.

Autistic adults who also have an eating disorder.

Health professionals supporting and treating autistic children and adolescents who are struggling with an eating disorder, 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.

Once you have purchased your ticket, we recommend adding events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com as a contact in your email contact list to ensure that you do not miss anything from us.

 

 

Description

We know from research that approximately 30% of individuals with a diagnosed eating disorder, for example, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and binge-eating disorder, are autistic. In the past autism was not necessarily recognised or accommodated in the treatment of eating disorders, potentially negatively affecting the outcomes of treatment. Some studies have indicated poorer outcomes in treatment for autistic individuals who have an eating disorder. Fortunately, there is now far more research, guidance, and understanding for parents and professionals working in this complex area.

In the presentation, we will provide a research update on our current understanding of the assessment and treatment of eating disorders for autistic individuals. Tony and Michelle draw on their combined experience of over 80 years of clinical experience, and the current research, to provide ideas and strategies to modify existing effective treatments for eating disorders to be successful for autistic individuals.

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 eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), binge-eating disorder), based on the latest research;

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

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

To support parents with knowledge and strategies for supporting their loved one with an eating disorder at home;

To provide strategies for supporting autistic students at school when they are struggling with an eating disorder.

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 eating disorder, or in their relationship with food, 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.