Autism Masterclass


Event type Masterclass

Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, Manchester Road, Blackrod, Bolton, BL6 5RU

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.

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.

Key takeaways

  • 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; including the most recent RCT-evidence relating to CBT-based approaches
  • Increase your confidence when considering how best to combine medication and psychological therapy for those with ASD


09:30 – Welcome address

09:45 – Mental health problems in ASD: prevalence, phenomenology

10:15 – Current conceptualisations of anxiety, depression, and suicide in ASD

11:00 – Break

11:15 – Complex mental health problems in ASD

11:45 – Assessment and formulation

12:30 – Group exercise

13:00 – Lunch

13:45 – Medication and liaison role

14:45 – Adapting CBT for ASD

15:30 – Break

15:45 – Assessment and treatment of lower-functioning children

16:30 – Discussion

17:00 – Close


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: £74 (10 spaces are available at this rate)

Platinum member: £147

Gold member: £168

Silver/Bronze member: £189

Non-member: £210

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

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 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.

Dr Osman Malik
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Department of Children’s Neurosciences at Evelina London, St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Osman is trained in General Psychiatry at Imperial College, London, and went on to work as a speciality doctor at the Centre for Interventional Paediatric Psychopharmacology at Great Ormand Street Hospital. He completed higher training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Great Ormand Street and The Royal London Training Programme.

Currently at the Evelina he is working across several teams with Neurosciences: Complex Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Disability Service, Sleep Medicine, TANDeM (Tourette and Neurodevelopmental Movement Disorders Service) and Children’s Psychological Medicine (National and Specialist Paediatric Liaison Service – South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). Dr Malik has published research on the mental health needs of adopted children, cognitive impairment from high cortisol levels and is currently involved in research in autism and tics