Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are complex disabilities which make it harder to diagnose mental health problems when they develop. They can also make it more difficult for professionals to develop successful trusting relationships with children and adults on the spectrum.

In a recent report, it was shown that one in ten children who use CAMHS has an ASD. It also showed that the experiences of parents and the perceived outcomes of children were vastly improved when an autism specialist had been involved in the service they received. The same issues are true for adults with autism who have mental health issues. It is therefore crucial that CAMHS and other mental health professionals have the expertise and knowledge to provide effective support for these individuals.

This conference will give you the tools and strategies you need to identify and provide targeted support for children and adults with an ASD who have mental health difficulties.

Our keynote speaker is Professor Tony Attwood. He will be looking at the complex relationship between autism and mental health, discussing why differential diagnosis and treatment may be necessary in these cases.

There are three different streams to choose from, so attendees can select the seminars that are most relevant to their daily work.

This event is a great opportunity to hear from and network with acknowledged experts in the field and to gain a wealth of knowledge, engage in debate and exchange new ideas.

Register now to gain a unique insight into this relatively unexplored topic.

Attend to:

  • hear about the latest research from experts in the field
  • understand how to adapt your assessments to meet the needs of children and adults with autism
  • learn which interventions work and which don’t for children and adults with autism
  • network with other professionals and experts in the field.

Who should attend?

  • Clinicians across the professional field, including child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and GPs
  • Psychiatric and mental health nurses
  • Directors/service managers/team leaders of CAMHS teams and adult mental health services
  • Commissioners for CAMHS and adult mental health services
  • Social workers and support workers
  • Education professionals from mainstream schools, special schools and local authorities
  • Voluntary sector groups and not-for-profit organisations
  • Individuals with autism and their parents, families and carers.