Recognising and Understanding ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome in Adults and Older Adults An Introductory Workshop for Health and Mental-Health Professionals. By Marijke Batenburg & Nate Gaunt Thursday 30th and Friday 31st October, 2014 Auckland It is now thought that as many as one in 88 adults are living with ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome. Many of these people remain unaware, have not received a professional diagnosis, or have been misdiagnosed with other psychological, personality, or behavioral disorders. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding and effective management strategies can result in people who live with Asperger’s Syndrome experiencing the world as being foreign, confusing or even hostile, resulting in, clinically significant distress, depression, anxiety, and the experience of difficulties in relationships, work and study. While there has been an growing awareness and interest in diagnosing and labeling this syndrome, comparatively little is known and appreciated regarding how to best assist adults with this condition, and their families and others in their lives, to cope with and manage a range of associated challenges and negative impacts. The advantages and strengths associated with Asperger’s Syndrome are seldom considered. This two-day workshop seeks to inform and empower participants to consider and address issues and challenges associated with ASD/Syndrome, moving through and beyond diagnosis, and toward a greater and effective understanding of how best to assist, encourage, and advocate for those who live with or are impacted by this condition. This workshop is suitable for health and mental-health practitioners, who benefit from a deeper understanding of ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome such as psychologists, doctors, psychotherapists, counselors, nurses and others who might encounter people with Asperger’s Syndrome in a professional capacity. Day One • History, incidence and prevalence of ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome • The ‘symptoms’ and ‘clues’ around the syndrome that can assist recognition including DSM-IVR and DSM-V issues . • Common misdiagnoses or situations that can lead to a failure to recognise the syndrome. • Prevalent co-morbid issues: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationships, work place situations, criminal offending, and sexuality concerns. • Assessing and discussing Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD) with the person and their families. Day Two • Working with adults with ASD (HFA)Asperger’s Syndrome. Case studies are presented • Effective interventions for individuals and couples • Mindfulness based approaches to assisting those with ASD (HFA) Asperger’s Syndrome Presenters Marijke has worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice since 1988. She has an ongoing interest in seeking the best psychological interventions with those adults who live with ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome and their partners and families. This may include assessment, couple therapy and support for people assessing their needs in the work place. [email protected] Nate works as a psychologist in private practice. He has a background working in general and forensic psychology, and has particular interest and experience in assessing and working with people who live with or are affected by ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome. [email protected] Nate Marijke and Nate frequently work together is assisting people who live with Asperger’s Syndrome, and those who are in a relationship with these people (e.g. partners and parents). They also offer clinical supervision and consultation to other professionals working in this field. Recognising and Understanding ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome A Workshop for Health and Mental-Health Professionals. By Marijke Batenburg & Nate Gaunt Workshop Details and Registration Date: Address: Times: Cost: Thursday 30th and Friday 31st October 2014 Eden Gardens, Omana Rd Epsom 8.30 am – 9.00am: Registration 9.00 am – 4.00pm: Workshop $395 if member NZCCP or NZPsS (cheque or online bank transfer) $425 for non members. Morning/Afternoon teas and lunch are provided. Terms and Conditions • Payments for registration MUST be received before the date of the workshop or registration will be required to be paid on the day of the workshop. Where registrations are being paid by an employer, should the employer not pay by the date of the workshop, registrants will need to pay on the day and seek reimbursement from their employer. • A substitute may attend in your place. However this information must be forwarded to the organiser by email one day PRIOR to the workshop. • No Refunds are available within 7 days of the training - no exceptions possible. For more information contact: Marijke on 021 389 804 or email [email protected] To register, either mail this form with your payment and a cheque payable to Mindful Psychology or bank details for electronic funds transfer (direct debit) 12-3035-0425627-02 Place your name in particulars box and ASDwshop14 in code box. All registrations received with payment, will be accepted unless you are advised to the contrary. Please refer Terms and Conditions. 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