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LIVE WEBCAST and Live in London: MASTERCLASS - Diagnosis and Therapy for Autistic Girls and Women, 19 - 20 January 2023

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Venue: Science Gallery, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU, United Kingdom

19th-20th January 2023

9.30 – 4.00pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Description

Participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a girl or woman to determine whether they are autistic, including measurement of camouflaging, comorbidity, differential diagnosis, and use of and adaptations to conventional psychometric assessment. Participants will learn the challenges that autistic girls and women face in their daily lives and how autism can affect their friendships, relationships, sense of self, emotion regulation and career. Information will be provided on support and therapy to develop a positive sense of self, enhance strategies for self-advocacy, executive functioning, emotion understanding and regulation, to improve friendship and relationship abilities from early childhood to the adult years, and how aspects of autism can contribute to a successful career. Adaptations to conventional therapy will be explained to accommodate the profile of abilities and experiences of autistic girls and women in the treatment of common clinical presentations including anxiety and depression, eating disorders, and gender dysphoria.

Who will benefit?

Professionals who see autistic children, adolescents, and adults as part of their work, including:

  • Psychologists and psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Employment agencies
  • Social workers and counsellors
  • School teachers and teacher assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Developmental educators
  • Nurse Practitioners and Mental Health Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Staff in clinics for mental health problems – mood and anxiety disorder, eating disorders, gender dysphoria and personality disorders
  • Autistic adults may wish to attend to increase their own understanding of autism and strategies that can help, rather than for professional development

Description

Masterclass Day 1 adds to the participant’s discipline-specific training to increase their knowledge about how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a girl or woman to determine whether they are autistic. The workshop covers the assessment of camouflaging, comorbidity, differential diagnosis, and the use of psychometric assessment. Participants will learn the challenges that autistic girls and women face in their daily lives and how autism can affect their friendships, relationships, sense of self, emotion regulation and career. Information will be provided on support and therapy to develop a positive sense of self, enhance strategies for self-advocacy, executive functioning, emotion understanding and regulation, to improve friendship and relationship abilities from early childhood to the adult years, and how aspects of autism can contribute to a successful career. Adaptations to conventional therapy will be explained to accommodate the profile of abilities and experiences of autistic girls and women in the treatment of common clinical presentations including anxiety and depression, eating disorders, and gender dysphoria.

 

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 has an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Tony has written many publications on Asperger’s Syndrome. His original book, titled Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals was published in 1998 and has been translated into over 25 languages.

Tony operates a diagnostic and psychological support clinic two days a week for children and adults. He also spends considerable time travelling nationally and internationally to present workshops and seminars.

 

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for nearly 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 six highly regarded books on autism, five with Prof Tony Attwood. Her 2018 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Her most recent books Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum provide guidance to parent of young children on the autism spectrum.  She regularly provides training to four Australian Universities.

Learning Objectives

Day 1 content assumes knowledge and skill in professional clinical assessment techniques, the principles of psychometrics, and ethical and professional issues.

Day 2 content assumes knowledge and skill in professional counselling and therapeutic techniques, the principles of psychotherapy, and ethical and professional issues.

Day One Learning Objectives

  • Understand why autistic girls and women are underdiagnosed.
  • Recognise camouflaging and compensation adaptation mechanisms.
  • Recognise the ways the profile of abilities for autistic girls may be different to autistic boys at different stages of development.
  • Recognise and understand the different pathways to diagnosis in autistic girls and women.
  • Know how to design and conduct a diagnostic assessment for a girl or woman.
  • Know recommended screening and diagnostic instruments for autism in girls and women and additional assessment procedures based on extensive diagnostic experience.
  • Utilise two new screening tools designed to identify the characteristics of ASD level 1 in girls and women.
  • Know how to identify and assess co-morbid conditions and consider differential and additional diagnoses.
  • To use the diagnostic information to plan support and therapy at home, school, and work.
  • How to share the diagnostic assessment results with the person and family.

Day Two Learning Objectives

  • To understand the reasons for problems with emotion perception, expression, and regulation for autistic girls and women.
  • Recognition of the effects of alexithymia, impaired interoception and empathic attunement on the ability to experience and express emotions.
  • To know how to adapt therapy to maximise therapeutic effectiveness for autistic girls and women.
  • Psychologists to be able to deliver a new mindfulness based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program for treating anxiety and depression in autistic girls and women.
  • Understand issues regarding self-identity and low self-esteem for autistic girls and women and strategies to enhance the concept of self.
  • Learn therapeutic activities to enhance self-concept and self-esteem for autistic girls and women.
  • Strategies for increasing self-advocacy skills for teens and women.
  • Understand how Polyvagal theory can facilitate emotion management.
  • Understand issues and strategies regarding vulnerability to bullying, teasing and social and sexual abuse.
  • Understand and manage executive functioning skills.
  • Learn strategies to develop friendship skills in childhood, adolescence and the adult years.
  • Choose resources to improve social reasoning abilities from childhood through to the adult years.
  • To gain an understanding of the challenges and potential solutions for autistic women in achieving and maintaining meaningful employment, long-term relationships and being a mother.

What You Will Receive

  • The Live Training runs for 5.5 hours per day
  • There is opportunity for Q&A with Michelle and Tony at specific times throughout the day
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • You may count 5.5 hours toward your CPD hours
  • If attending live, morning tea and lunch are provided
  • 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 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development or Teacher Accreditation hours.

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Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy

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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 In the Room Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice for cancellation  payment will be refunded, minus a £100 administrative fee per day to cover catering and administrative costs. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Attwood and Garnett Events for future events, minus £100 per day, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable.

For Webcast Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice for cancellation  payment will be refunded, minus a £25 administrative fee to cover administrative costs. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Attwood and Garnett Events for future events, minus £100, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable.

Important Information

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