WEBCAST EVENT and LIVE in Sydney: MASTERCLASS – Diagnosis for Autistic Girls and Women, 12th October 2023


Early Bird pricing ends 28th September, 2023

Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (Diagnosis for Autistic Girls and Women)
& Friday, 13th October, 2023 (Therapy for Autistic Girls and Women)

9.30am – 4.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT – Sydney)


Participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a girl or woman to determine whether they are autistic, including measurement of camouflaging, 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.

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.

What will you receive? 

5.5 hours Live Training

There is an opportunity for Q&A with Michelle and Tony at specific times throughout the day

Downloadable Handouts to complement the course

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)


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, 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.

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

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

Understand why autistic girls and women are under diagnosed.

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.


What You Will Receive

Access to the presentation for 60 days following the live event

A Live Chat Room for Q&A with Tony & Michelle throughout the day

Downloadable Handouts to complement the course

Certificate of Attendance

5.5 hours elective CPD per day of the Masterclass, within the participant’s professional organisation.

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Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy Australia

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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 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.