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LIVE IN BRISBANE AND LIVE WEBCAST: MASTERCLASS – Diagnosis and Intervention for Autistic Girls and Women 14 – 15 October 2021

$315.00$630.00

Tony and Michelle are proud to be presenting this Masterclass with Barb Cook, Developmental Educator, Author and Autism Consultant.

Earlybird price til 1st October 2021

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October – 9:30am – 4:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Brisbane Venue: The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, 578 Royal Esplanade, Manly QLD

Participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a girl or woman to determine whether they have autism, 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, eating disorders, gender identity and personality disorders.

Prior learning needed:

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.

What will I be able to do as a result of attending the course?

As a result of attending Day 1 the participant will know how to conduct a diagnostic assessment with a girl or woman to determine the presence or absence of autism using a range of instruments and apply that information for greater understanding and support at home, school and work.

As a result of Day 2 the participant will be able to assess and understand the common clinical issues for autistic girls and women, how these can be expressed and maintained, and to design an intervention programme for home, school or the workplace, using individual or group therapy.

I am Attending the Live Webcast, What will I Receive?

  • Access to the presentation for 60 days following the live event
  • A Live Chat Room for Q&A with Tony, Michelle and Barb throughout the day
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Attendance

I am Attending the Live Brisbane Event at the RQYS, what will I Receive?

  • Access to the presentation for 60 days following the live event.
  • Live Q&A with Tony, Michelle and Barb
  • Catering: arrival tea and coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Attendance

Are you Seeking Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Each day may count for 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development. Please check with your College or Association.

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Description

Participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a girl or woman to determine whether they have autism, 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.

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.

 

Barb Cook is a registered Developmental Educator (DE), Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI), and an Autism and Neurodiversity Employment Consultant and Life Coach for neurodivergent adults (ADHD, autism and dyslexia). Barb holds a Master of Autism (education) degree with focus on employment from the University of Wollongong, where she is also a researcher and co-project lead in the area of self-determination and self-advocacy for adults on the autism spectrum.

Barb has extensive experience in working with people on the autism spectrum, ADHD and dyslexia, especially with adults in creating pathways in attaining life goals in the areas of self-determination and self-advocacy, education, employment, health and interpersonal relationships.

Barb is Director and Founder of NeuroEmploy Pty Ltd, a company providing a variety of neurodiversity specific educational and training programs for neurodivergent individuals, workplace staff, management and businesses. Barb is founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and editor and co-author of the internationally acclaimed book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.

Barb is a prolific writer on neurodivergence and employment and is published in academic research.Barb identifies as neurodivergent, being diagnosed mid-life with autism, ADHD and dyslexia in 2009, and promotes a strength-based and person-centred approach in her life and work.

Learning Objectives

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 girls may be different to boys with autism 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.

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.