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WEBCAST EVENT: Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues – 22 March 2024

150.15

Live Webcast – Friday 22nd March, 2024

9:30am – 4:00pm – AEST (Brisbane)

Description

Participants will be trained in the Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues programme, which is a ten-stage programme to treat autistic adolescents and adults who are suffering depression. The programme was designed by Tony and Michelle and is based on their deep understanding of how to treat autistic individuals who suffer depression, as well as current research, mindfulness, and cognitive and behavioural principles. 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. The course is designed to be beneficial for clinicians, parents and partners but would also be useful for an autistic teenager or adult Reasons an autistic person can become depressed are described, each of the stages of the programme are presented and strategies for how to implement each stage are shared.   

Who Will Benefit?

Clinicians who are trained to deliver therapy, such as psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors, social workers, psychotherapists, and educators 

Autistic adolescents (14+) and adults who suffer with depression 

Parents, partners, family members and carers who support autistic adolescents (14+) and adults who suffer with depression 

Pre-Reading

Participants will be assisted by reading our book prior to the course, but this is not essential: 

Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues: A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome [ASD-Level 1] by Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, UK. Web:  www.jkp.com  

IMPORTANT: After registration, you will be sent an email with the link and a discount code to purchase the abovementioned book.

Description

Participants will be trained in the Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues programme, which is a ten-stage programme to treat autistic adolescents and adults who are suffering depression. The programme was designed by Tony and Michelle and is based on their deep understanding of how to treat autistic individuals who suffer depression, as well as current research, mindfulness, and cognitive and behavioural principles. 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. The course is designed to be beneficial for clinicians, parents and partners but would also be useful for an autistic teenager or adult Reasons an autistic person can become depressed are described, each of the stages of the programme are presented and strategies for how to implement each stage are shared.   

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

By the end of the training the participant will be able to: 

  • Knowledge of the latest research on autism and depression including studies on prevalence, 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, delivery and reception of therapy such as alexithymia, high levels of emotional empathy, use of camouflaging and difficulties with concept of self. 
  • Understands the reasons an autistic person may develop depression. 
  • Knowledge of a programme developed by two clinicians with over 80 years of combined experience in treating autistic people who are depressed 
  • Knowledge of available resources to facilitate emotion education, communication of the inner self, and self-regulation relevant to depression, and how to source them 

What You Will Receive

  • The Live Training runs for 5.5 hours
  • There is an opportunity for Q&A with Michelle and Tony throughout the day
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • You may count 5.5 hours toward your CPD hours
  • All attendees will be given access to the recording for 60 days after the event (accessed via the Member Dashboard). A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.
  • Certificate of Attendance (upon request)

Within 24 hours, you will receive an email with your login credentials for the new Member Dashboard. If you haven’t received these details after 48 hours, please email events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com

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Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy

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.