Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Skills Update – therapy focus


Event type Skills Update

Resource For London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA


An opportunity for clinicians to develop both their academic knowledge and clinical skills in working with people on the autism spectrum across the lifespan.

We are delighted that this event is supported by Clinical Partners. is the UK’s largest private mental health partnership, with a carefully selected nationwide team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists. Clinical Partners have part-fund tickets to offer ACAMH Members an additional discount. Please visit the  Clinical Partners website to find out more about their work.

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About the day
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About the day

We will be presenting the latest research findings, including common presenting clinical problems, as well as underlying transdiagnostic traits. Each update will be followed by a skills-focused session, which will introduce you to a range of interventions that have been shown to be useful for people on the autistic spectrum. Particular attention will be paid to ASD-specific adaptations to therapeutic approaches, while holding in mind the unique presentation of individuals on the spectrum.

Numbers are capped at 50 to maximise audience participation. There will be an opportunity for you to discuss your own case studies, while considering different approaches and practices within ASD-specific formulations. The focus will be on didactic learning with some group discussion.

Who should attend

This day would be beneficial to those who work in a clinical setting with an understanding of Autism in children and young people. In particular; consultants, clinical leads, specialty doctors, nurse practitioners, educational psychologists, therapists, and those that work with children affected with mental health issues.

Key takeaways

  • Gain insights into the latest research for practical application
  • Learn a range of interventions that have been shown to be useful for people on the autistic spectrum
  • ASD-specific adaptations to therapeutic approaches
  • Considering different approaches and practices within ASD-specific formulations
  • Sharing knowledge and understanding of case studies
  • Focus on didactic learning with some group discussion

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.

About the speakers

Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian
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 is now an honorary principal clinical psychologist at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, honorary researcher at King’s College London and is also an independent practitioner. Ann worked in the Complex Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Disability Service at the Children’s Neurosciences Centre, Evelina London Children’s Hospital (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust) for 16 years. Her clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in ASD, cognitive pathways to anxiety in ASD, and also working with girls and women on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Sebastian Gaigg
Dr. Sebastian Gaigg

Sebastian joined the Autism Research Group at City, University of London in 2001 and has since then pursued two primary research interests. One strand of his work focuses on understanding learning and memory processes across the autism spectrum, with projects ranging from the examination of episodic memory in autistic adults who live relatively independent lives, to studies of basic learning processes in young autistic children who have very significant language and intellectual impairments. His second strand of work seeks to develop a better understanding of the emotional lives of individuals with autism, particularly concerning the mechanisms underlying the unusually high prevalence of anxiety disorders in this population, and the implications for the development of effective treatments.

Professor Jacqui Rogers

Professor Jacqui Rodgers is Chair of Psychology Mental Health and an autism researcher based in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK. Her work focuses on trying to understand the relationships between characteristics of autism (such as sensory issues and restricted and repetitive behaviours)  and co-occurring mental health conditions. She has a particular interest in anxiety and suicide in autism. She is really keen to ensure that clinical services have good assessment methods available to them to identify when autistic people are experiencing mental health difficulties and to evaluate interventions and with colleagues has developed the first anxiety and suicidality questionnaires specifically designed and validated for autistic children and adults. She is also involved in the development and evaluation of a range of mental health focused interventions for autistic children and adults. Some of this work focused on how autistic people respond to uncertainty. All of the work she is involved is undertaken in collaboration with members of the autism community and she feels passionately that co-production is essential for us to be able to truly understand the experiences of autistic people.

Dr. Freya Rumball

Clinical Psychologist Specialist at ASD & ADHD Service, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Freya completed a PhD at the University of Exeter, specialising in individual differences in PTSD development, and trained in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. Her clinical work uses integrative psychological therapy techniques to treat adults with complex mental health needs. Her research primarily focuses on understanding autistic individuals experience and interpretation of stressful and traumatic life events, as well as the mechanisms of PTSD development following such events. Freya’s research and clinical interests include the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties, particularly trauma and stressor-related disorders, in autistic individuals.

Dr. John Boorman
Dr. John Boorman

Dr. John Boorman is a UK Clinical Psychologist delivering psychological services in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and contextual based therapy. Dr. Boorman regularly delivers ACT training for a range of National Health Services (NHS), Universities, private organisations and clinical training courses. He has published on ACT in international journals and is author of the book Investigating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Addictions, and co-authored book chapters on ACT for The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy


09:00 – Registration
09:30 – Introduction and welcome Ann Ozsivadjian
09:40 – Mental health in Autism: psychological mechanisms and their interaction with core clinical characteristics Sebastian Gaigg
10:30 – Anxiety, Depression and Suicide/Parasuicidal behaviours in ASD Ann Ozsivadjian and Jacqui Rodgers
11:30 – Break
11:45 – Adapting CBT for ASD, including the CUES programme Ann Ozsivadjian and Jacqui Rodgers
12:45 – Lunch
13:30 – ASD and Trauma Freya Rumball
14:30 – Trauma-focused therapy for ASD Freya Rumball
15:30 – Mindfulness for ASD John Boorman
16:30 – Small group case discussion
17:00 – End of day


Slides are password protected, those we have permission to share will be made available when they are supplied to us.

How to get here

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You may find it useful to use Transport for London Journey Planner to plan your route

Nearest Underground

  • Holloway Road; 5 min walk, 0.2 mile (Picadilly)
  • Highbury & Islington; 17 min walk, 0.8 mile (Victoria, Overground)

Nearest Mainline Train

  • King’s Cross St Pancras. Underground connections; Picadilly
  • Highbury & Islington. See above