LIVE WEBCAST Master Class – Diagnosis and Intervention with Adults with Autism 11 – 12 March 2021
$315.00 – $630.00
Earlybird price til 25th February, 2021
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th March, 2021 – 9.30am – 4.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST – Brisbane)
ABOUT THIS MASTER CLASS
Course materials are presented, using a combination of didactic teaching, case studies, and question time. Each day is a stand-alone workshop, and participants may choose to choose either one or both workshops.
Participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for an adult or older adolescent with autism, including measurement of comorbidity, differential diagnosis, and use of psychometric assessment.
Participants will learn common presentations and challenges that adults with autism face, reasons for the challenges and strategies to accommodate the characteristics of autism. Emotion management, relationship development, workplace issues, substance use, forensic issues, personality disorders, sexuality, psychosis, and gender identity will be discussed.
WHO THIS MASTER CLASS IS 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.
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.
See trailers below for more information on each day’s content. (Please note that the topics for the live webcast and the online pre-recorded course are the same.)
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.
Overall objective of workshops:
Day 1: To design and conduct a diagnostic assessment for an older adolescent or adult who may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Day 2: To learn the common clinical presentations of adults with autism, the reasons for the challenges, and strategies to assist.
How to design and conduct a diagnostic assessment for an adult or older adolescent
Recommended screening and diagnostic instruments for ASD and additional assessment procedures based on extensive clinical experience
How to identify and assess comorbid and differential diagnoses
Report preparation and composition
To use the diagnostic information to plan support and therapy at home and work
How to share the diagnostic assessment results with family
What will I be able to do as a result of taking this course?
The participant will be able to design a diagnostic assessment of an adult or older adolescent using a range of instruments and apply that information for understanding and support at home and work. The course adds to the discipline knowledge and experience the participant brings to the course, and is not an accreditation for being able to provide diagnostic assessments for autism.
Module 1 – Prevalence and gender ratio in ASD, use of DSM-5 criteria, assessing for co-morbidity and latest research, importance of alexithymia, psychological reactions to being different and screening for depression.
Module 2 – Initial screening and diagnostic tools – review and recommendations. Discussion of camouflage and personality types in autism. Guidelines for the pre-diagnostic interview and the interview process.
Module 3 – How to assess the areas of catatonia, sensory sensitivity and clinical impairment in autism. A live diagnostic assessment with an adult conducted by Tony. Questions and answers.
Module 4 – Differential and co morbid diagnoses, including PTSD and complex PTSD, BPD, eating disorders, gender identity, addiction and schizophrenia. How to explain the diagnosis, reactions to the diagnosis and prognosis
- To understand the reasons for problems with emotion perception, expression, and regulation for autistic adults
- To know how to adapt therapy to maximise therapeutic effectiveness for autistic adults
- To be able to deliver a new mindfulness based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program for treating depression in autistic adults
- To teach anxiety reduction strategies
- To learn strategies to assist adults with autism developing a positive self-identity
- To gain an understanding of the pitfalls for adults with autism in achieving and maintaining meaningful employment
- To increase awareness of the issues of substance use, forensic issues, personality disorders, sexuality, psychosis, and gender identity in adults with autism
What will I be able to do as a result of taking this course?
The participant will be able to assess for and understand common clinical issues for autistic adults, understand how these can be magnified and maintained because of autism, and to design an intervention considering these predisposing and maintaining factors. The course builds on and extends practitioner’s discipline knowledge to allow the participant to be able to adapt therapy to an adult with autism. The participant will be able to incorporate strategies specifically designed for autistic adults into their therapeutic programmes.
Module 1 – Reasons for the challenges experienced by autistic adults in expressing and managing their emotions are described including genes, learning history and selective memory, alexithymia, different neurology, and difficulties with cognitive empathy (1 hour)
Module 2 – How to adapt therapeutic and teaching methods to the profile of learning associated with autism. Research outcomes on the experience of depression for adults with autism. How autistic adults cope with anxiety including trauma, and resources to help. (1 hour 45 minutes)
Module 3 – The Exploring Depression Programme for mild to moderate depression, but also for stress, anger and anxiety. Increasing self-awareness and sense of identity, developing a positive sense of self, Energy Accounting as a strategy, tools to combat depression and anxiety (1 hour 20 min).
Module 4 – Continuing Exploring Depression Programme for mild to moderate depression, but also for stress, anger and anxiety, including more strategies for managing these emotions as a person with autism (1 hour 20 min).
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 email@example.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.