Attwood & Garnett on Asperger's & Autism - 14 & 15 April 2016 - Oxford
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Proudly Presents our 4th
Attwood & Garnett on
Asperger's & Autism

A 2 Day Event in the Historic City of Oxford

Chaired by
Professor Charles Newton
University of Oxford Scott Family Professor of Psychiatry

Day 1: Exploring & Managing Emotions

 Day 2: Friendships, Relationships & Sexuality

Professor Tony Attwood
World Renowned Author of
‘The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome’

with his colleague
Dr Michelle Garnett
Founder and Director,
Minds & Hearts Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Clinic

also featuring
Autism Oxford’s
Highly Acclaimed Autistic Training Team

NAS Professional Award Finalists in 2014, 2015 & 2016

 Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
Please request an Attendance Certificate as a record of CPD

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th April 2016
8.45am for 9.30am – 4.30pm  

 The Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES
Booking rates for both days, including refreshments and lunch:
Professionals: £290 plus vat; People with ASC & Family Members: £240 plus vat
Group Discount: 20% off for groups of 5 or more professionals

Booking rates for one day, including refreshments and lunch:
 Professionals: £190 plus vat;   People with ASC & Family Members: £156 plus vat

Concession rates: Two days: £190 plus vat; One day: £125 plus vat

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Our hope is that all who want to attend can afford the entry fee:
if not, please contact us!

 Further Information
DAY 1: Exploring and Managing Emotions
Children, Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty with the understanding, expression and regulation of emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression and subsequent effects on family, teachers, other professionals, friends and peers.
Conventional strategies that encourage emotion management for typical children and adults do not seem to be as effective with those on the Autism Spectrum Levels 1, 2 or 3.  The individual’s quality of life, self-esteem and well-being will be influenced by their ability to manage emotions and difficulties with emotion management can lead to being suspended and having a notoriety that will affect the attitude of professionals and peers as well as the attitude of the person to themselves. Through several decades of working with children, adolescents and adults with autism, their families, schools and other professionals, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting children, young people and adults with autism to learn about, and manage their emotions including anger, anxiety and depression.

What participants will learn:
  • Why children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum have emotion management difficulties
  • How anxiety presents behaviourally for a child, adolescent or adult on the autism spectrum
  • How to manage intense anger and anxiety
  • How to deal with challenging behaviour caused by experiencing a range of intense emotions
  • Strategies to assist a child, adolescent or adult with autism to overcome depression

   Day 2: Friendships, Sexuality and Relationships
Children at primary and secondary school can struggle to start and maintain friendships which can cause additional struggles such as self-doubt, low self-esteem, loneliness, bullying and/or depression.  These difficulties can often persist in adulthood.  Nevertheless the development of just one good friendship can provide protection against these problems.
This seminar will assist participants to put in place effective strategies in the home and school settings to teach children with autism Level 1 (formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome (AS)) how to develop and maintain friendships.  The presentation will then move beyond friendship to describe ways to assist adolescents and adults to approach relationships with the goal of gaining a partner.  In addition, a new programme for relationship counselling where a partner has the characteristics of AS will be described.

What participants will learn:
  • Normative developmental levels of friendship through primary and secondary school
  • How to intervene at each level to assist the child or young person with AS to develop and maintain friendships
  • What to do as a parent, teacher and/or other professional to support a child or young person with AS in their friendship goals
  • How to help an adolescent or adult who would like to find a relationship
  • The sexual and relationship profile in AS
  • The key features of a successful couples counselling programme where one partner has AS
Professor Tony Attwood

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum conditions since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane.  His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages.  His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, was published in October 2006 and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome.  He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guildford Press.
Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences.  This will be his 4th appearance with Michelle for Autism Oxford UK.  Tony presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.
He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Condition. 

Dr Michelle Garnett

 Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Director of ‘Minds & Hearts’, a psychology clinic that provides services specifically for Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism and related conditions.  Michelle has specialized in autism spectrum conditions for over 20 years, developing expertise in all subtypes of autism across all ages. Michelle created the first screening instrument for Asperger’s Syndrome, the Australian Scale for Asperger's Syndrome (ASAS) in 1993. She obtained a PhD for her research into the connection between ASC and psychological health in 2007 from the University of Queensland, Australia. She provides training in ASC for postgraduate clinical students for four Australian Universities. Michelle has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and workshop events. This will be her 4th appearance with Tony for Autism Oxford UK.  Michelle is a workshop presenter for entry to the Medicare PDD Provider List in Australia.



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