ONLINE COURSE: Exploring Depression Training in a CBT Programme for Autistic Adolescents and Adults with Depression


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  • 5 hours 18 mins
  • 60 days to complete course (from date of purchase). A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion
  • Suitable for professionals

Goals of this Workshop

  • For clinicians: To be able to successfully deliver the Exploring Depression programme with an autistic adolescent or adult, in an individual and group format.
  • For autistic adolescents and adults; their parents and/or partners: To deepen understanding of the specific strategies within the Exploring Depression programme and how to apply these in the autistic person’s life successfully.
  • Participants will also increase their understanding about why autistic adolescents and adults are likely to develop signs of depression, how to recognize depression in autism, and how to modify therapy to accommodate the characteristics of autism.

Who will benefit?

  • Clinicians who are trained to deliver therapy, such as psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, therapists and educators; older adolescents
  • Autistic adults who have depression; family members and carers who support them

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Participants will be trained in how to administer the Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues programme, which is a ten-stage programme to treat depression in autistic adolescents and adults. The programme was designed and evaluated by Tony and Michelle. Exploring Depression is based on current research, mindfulness, cognitive and behavioural principles, and a deep understanding of autistic individuals and how they learn and change. Exploring Depression can be delivered as an individual or group therapy programme, or can be utilized as a self-help guide at home, with the assistance of a carer or family member. Whilst this course was designed to train clinicians, it would be beneficial for carers, family members and people with autism to attend. Participants are trained in each of the therapeutic activities that comprise the ten stage programme. Issues that can impede therapy are discussed, and recommended strategies to overcome these barriers are presented.


About the speakers

Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding 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, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.

Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.

Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.

With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.


Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of specialising in autism. In 2005, she founded Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialised to autism, where she served as Clinical and Managing Director for 14 years until 2019. Alongside Tony Attwood she co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, aiming to enhance autism awareness and understanding with a vision to foster a neuro-affirming community.
In addition to her extensive private practice, Dr Garnett has significantly contributed to autism research, authored influential books, and engaged in impactful speaking engagements. Her peer-reviewed research has informed our understanding of early autism identification, the female autism profile, and the link between mental health and positive outcomes in autistic individuals. She has co-authored six respected books on autism, including the influential Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism (2018) with Barb Cook, a seminal work on the female autism experience. Her recent books, Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum offer invaluable guidance to parents of young autistic children.
Dr Garnett is a sought-after presence in academic circles, presenting as a Keynote Speaker at conferences and conducting workshops, seminars, and training sessions on autism across Australia, the UK, and Europe. Her influence extends to universities, autism organisations, government, and non-governmental bodies, solidifying her reputation as a prominent figure in the autism field. Dr Garnett is autistic and has ADHD, late diagnosed.

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of the latest research on autism and depression including studies on the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation in autistic individuals, treatments including pharmacotherapy, and assessment tools.
  • How to recognize and assess both the conventional signs of depression and the signs of depression specific to autistic adolescents and adults.
  • Increased awareness of aspects of autism that will affect the planning and delivery of therapy such as alexithymia, empathic attunement, camouflaging and concept of self.
  • Understands the reasons an autistic person may develop depression.
  • Knowledge of available resources to facilitate emotion education, communication, and self-regulation relevant to depression, and how to source them.

Who Will Benefit

For clinicians: To be able to successfully deliver the Exploring Depression programme with an autistic adolescent or adult, in an individual and group format.

For autistic individuals and their carers: To deepen understanding of the specific strategies within the Exploring Depression programme and how to apply these in the autistic person’s life successfully.