Autism Masterclass


Event type Masterclass

Engineers House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon, Bristol BS8 3NB

Mental health problems commonly co-occur with ASD, yet these problems often go untreated. This Masterclass offers both clinicians and researchers the opportunity to update their knowledge of the evidence-base and its implications for best-practice. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best-of-the-best in the field of ASD and mental health.

This full-day training is the equivalent of 6 hours CPD, and is suitable for those who have an advanced knowledge of the treatment and management of children and young people with an ASD diagnosis.

To book click on the ‘Book now’ button above, alternatively, download and return our booking form, or call the office Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00 on 020 7403 7458.

Learning outcomes

  • Update your understanding of the prevalence and phenomenology of mental health problems in ASD
  • Improve your knowledge of evidence-based interventions for mental health problems in ASD
  • Learn the most recent RCT-evidence relating to CBT-based approaches

About the day

Mental health problems commonly co-occur with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and yet these problems often go untreated. This can be due to a number of factors including diagnostic overshadowing and difficulty recognising and assessing these problems. There is now good research evidence demonstrating the high prevalence rates – and sometimes atypical phenomenology – of mental health problems in ASD, and in recent years a number of randomised controlled trials have been published, primarily using a cognitive-behavioural treatment packages, with promising results.

The day will focus on identification and treatment of the mental health problems associated with ASD. As a part of this, we will discuss theoretical knowledge about autistic thinking and processing styles that can pre-dispose young people with ASD to problems of anxiety or depression, and think about how this knowledge can inform interventions.

The emphasis of this Masterclass will be on interactive learning using group exercises, and numbers are kept low to encourage discussion and sharing of experience and ideas.

Who should attend

This day would be beneficial to those who work in a clinical or research setting with an advanced understanding of ASD in children and young people, who are looking to update their skills and knowledge specifically around mental health problems in those with an ASD diagnosis. In particular; consultants, clinical leads, speciality doctors, nurse practitioners, educational psychologists, senior researchers, and those that work with children affected with mental health issues.

The ‘Masterclass Series’

This CPD training day is part of ACAMH’s ‘Masterclass Series’. The ‘Masterclass Series’ delivers advanced, evidence-based training for those working in CYP mental health, to build upon their skills, knowledge and experience. They are interactive sessions, consisting of a series of lectures delivered by world-renowned experts in the field who focus on the latest research, and the implications for best-practice.

About the Speakers:

Dr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Ann trained in clinical psychology at Oxford and has worked in the Complex Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Disability Service at the Children’s Neurosciences Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust) for 14 years since qualification. Her clinical and research interests include assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in ASD, and cognitive pathways to anxiety in ASD


Amongst our aims is the dissemination of information to bridge the gap between rigorous research and best practice in relation to child and adolescent mental health. One of the ways in which we do this is through our events, and we try to make these as accessible and affordable as is reasonably possible. The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining.

Publications/Digital member rate: £74 (10 spaces are available at this rate)

Platinum member: £147

Gold member: £168

Silver/Bronze member: £189

Non-member: £210


9.00 Registration opens

9.30 Mental health problems in ASD: prevalence, presentation and pathways

10:45 Break

11.00 Assessment and formulation

11.30 Group exercise: formulating a case

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Adapting CBT and other intervention approaches, including working alongside medication

14.30 Working with minimally verbal clients

15.00 Tea and group exercise: intervention

15.45 Working with schools

16.15 Video and final discussions

16.30/17.00 Close