Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Our next CPD event is scheduled for Wednesday 18 March 2015. Attendance includes a certificate for 2 hours of active participation. Please see details below.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and implications for working with Adolescents and Adults (Part 1) Presented by Torbjörn Falkmer, Theresa Kidd, Josette Hamilton, and Joel Wilson.

Date: Wednesday 18 March 2015
Venue: Curtin University – Psychology Building 401 Common Room 245
Time: 6.00pm welcome drinks, 6.30 – 8.30pm presentation
Cost: $20 for ACP members, $40 for non-ACP members (late cancellation applies after Friday 13 March 2015)
Registration: If you want to attend please rsvp via email to Shelley Ranger at: shelley.ranger@gmail.com by Friday 13 March 2015

About the presenters:

Torbjörn Falkmer is the research leader in Program 3 in the Autism Collaborative Research Centre. The Autism CRC Program 3 aims to improve opportunities for people with ASD to successfully participate in higher education and employment, and identify best practice in physical and mental health management. Torbjörn joined the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University as a Senior Research Fellow in 2010. His research interest is in visual perceptual abilities in Asperger’s Syndrome.

Theresa Kidd has worked in the disability sector for over 25 years and currently works therapeutically with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is completing her PhD (Clinical Psychology) at Curtin University, assessing the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety in older adolescents with high functioning autism. In addition, Theresa is the Joint Coordinator of the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program (CSMP) that supports Curtin University students on the autism spectrum to successfully engage at university. Theresa is dedicated to promoting an awareness of ASD, as well as effective and practical strategies to professionals, which together have the potential to lead to positive outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Josette Hamilton is a Registered Psychologist, currently completing her Masters in Psychology (Counselling) at Curtin University.  Josette first worked with individuals with Autism 20 years ago and currently works in private practice with those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, providing individual and group psychotherapy.  Josette has worked with individuals across the lifespan within community and clinic settings, including early intervention centres and schools. Josette has completed extensive professional development in trauma-focussed therapy and draws upon this to inform much of her practice. She provides a flexible, client-focussed approach based primarily on interpersonal therapeutic techniques.

Joel Wilson is a disability advocate. After being diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2001, a rough 10 years post-diagnosis, Joel is finally finding his place in the world. After attending the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York in 2014 as an Australian Youth Delegate, Joel established his advocate business under the trading name NeuroDiversity Australia, (http://neurodiversity.com.au/author/Joel/) under which he currently mentors two children who are on the spectrum. He also does the occasional public speaking role/presentation. Joel is also on the board of People With Disability Australia, a national disability advocacy organisation. Joel has spent the last 8 months volunteering with the Curtin Autism Research team, as an advisor and consultant, attempting to bridge the gap between researchers and the autism community.

About the presentation:

Torbjörn will provide a short overview of the Autism CRC and the current and planned projects relevant for the evening.

Theresa will highlight common barriers that may interfere with individuals with ASC engaging in therapy, and provide practical strategies to working sensitively with the unique needs of these clients in order to enhance the therapeutic relationship and process.

Josette will provide an overview of how trauma-informed practice can assist in working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how this may 'look' different when working with this client population.

Joel will share his personal lived experiences, primarily around sensory and social communication barriers, and will also touch on the benefits of being a peer mentor.

Registration for this event is essential as places are limited. If you would like to attend please rsvp via email to Shelley Ranger at: shelley.ranger@gmail.com by Friday 13 March 2015. If you have any queries about the event or registration contact Sunila Peterson, ACP PD Co-coordinator at sunilapeterson@gmail.com or via 0410 520 604

Please note that payment is required to confirm your booking and that late cancellations will result in a fee to cover catering. Once you have advised that you wish to attend, please proceed with electronic payment below:

ACP members ($20 fee)

If you would like to become an ACP member to take advantage of the reduced fee for PD events, you can find out more about eligibility and subscribe for ACP membership. Otherwise, you can proceed to payment as a non-member of the ACP using the electronic payment system below.

Non-members ($40 fee)

Thank you for your interest in our presentation and we look forward to seeing you soon.

PLEASE NOTE: Our presentations are for Counselling Psychologists, registrars of Counselling Psychology, and current students undertaking accredited post-graduate training in Counselling Psychology.

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