Counselling Youth on the Autism Spectrum
Presenter: Arletta van den Bosch and Abigail Baya
Gain a deeper understanding of your autistic clients and learn practical evidence-based strategies you can use in your practice tomorrow.
This 11-hour professional development training will be practical, using evidence-based strategies that you can individualise for your clients. You will be learning by doing, developing a deeper understanding of the autism spectrum and how to translate this into your practice. You will come away with a toolkit/kete full of practical ideas, strategies, and resources to use immediately in your sessions. The training will be co-facilitated by Arletta and Abi, ASD counsellors with combined total of 25 years’ experience working in the field of autism. Both Arletta and Abi are experienced groups facilitators and trainers who teach in a practical fun way where learners leave feeling confident in applying their learning. This training will be of particular interest to therapists, counsellors and professionals working in a therapeutic setting with young people on the autism spectrum and/or their families. This training will be suitable for professionals with both limited and advanced ASD knowledge and useful to professionals working with other neurodiverse clients. A basic understanding of ASD would be ideal.
Key Learning points:
Arletta van den Bosch: I am a full member of NZAC, and have been working as a child and family counsellor for 17 years. I have specialized in ASD for the last 9 years. I did an Educational Masters in Autism at Griffith University in Brisbane, with a special interest in ASD and anxiety. I worked part time for 8 years at a charity supporting families with ASD, and provided workshops, training, and PD on autismrelated topics. I now work full time in private practice, working mainly with clients with ASD, their families and communities.
Abigail Baya: I am a full member of NZAC, a registered Arts Therapist and accredited supervisor with ANZACATA. I have worked within ASD specialist roles for the last 15 years providing individual therapy, social skills groups, parent support, behaviour support, parent education, group facilitation, ASD training and supervision. I currently work as a Supervising Behaviour Specialist at Explore Specialist Advice providing ASD education and intervention-based support to families. I also provide clinical supervision through my private practice with a specialty focus in ASD, wider disability support and group facilitation.
Eating Disorders and Other Eating Issues: an introduction
Presenter: Lena Cromartie
This half-day in-person training for talk therapists provides an introduction to understanding and responding to eating disorders and other eating issues. The information is based on the latest research as well as clinical experience, and some experiential exercises are included. Prior experience with a range of eating issues, or attendance at the online training ‘Eating Issues: The Fundamentals’ is a pre-requisite.
Key learning points include:
For 10 years, Lena Cromartie (PG Dip Counselling, Dip Life Coaching, Dip Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders) ran a busy private practice dedicated to clients with eating issues. She is a full member of NZAC, an accredited registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and the author of Bingeing, Dieting and You: 30 things every woman needs to know.