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Traumas and Cognitive Approaches for Autism

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Strategies to help people on the spectrum cope with trauma

This online four-part training program explores traumas such as school bullying, phobias, sexual assault, developmental trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced by individuals with autism or Asperger's syndrome.

The program covers practical cognitive-behavioural strategies that help individuals in this population better understand and manage emotions such as anxiety, anger, symptoms of depression and PTSD. The cognitive-behavioural approach is based on restructuring ideas, perceptions and responses (behaviours) related to emotions and sensations.

Specialized tools will be presented using practical examples and case illustrations.

Who should register?

Psychologists, social workers, educators, special education, psychology, teachers in the field of psychology, social work, and caregivers in the field of autism. Students in these fields are also welcome.

Learning objectives

In this program, you will:

  • Learn about diagnosis and the potential of individuals on the spectrum
  • Gain awareness of stressors and the different traumas
  • Explore the appropriate tools and interventions
  • Gain skills to prevent crises and develop adaptive approaches
  • Acquire knowledge to help individuals develop autonomy and self-determination
  • Learn how to prioritize the maintenance of learning in different environments

You will also gain knowledge of adapted strategies, such as:

  • Emotion management, Cat Kit, Exploring Depression: programs (Tony Attwood)
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (Valerie Gaus)
  • Mind Over Mood (Dennis Greenberger)

Upon successful competion, you will receive a continuing education certificate of participation from the University of New Brunswick.

Dates and times

The online program consists of four 3-hour workshops.

  • Dec. 12, 2023
  • Jan. 16, 2024
  • Feb. 20, 2024

All workshops are offered from 1pm to 4pm (Atlantic) or 12pm to 3pm (Eastern)

Fees (per participant)

Register before Sept. 15, 2023, to take advantage of the early bird rate:

  • $395 +HST (early bird)
  • $495 +HST (after Sept. 15)

Group discount

Send three or more people from your organization and receive a 10% discount. Please email us for details.

Register now!

About the instructor

Dr. Isabelle Hénault, MA, PhD, sexologist and psychologist, is the Director of the Autism & Asperger’s Clinic of Montréal.

Dr. Hénault’s practice and studies have focused on providing diagnosis, education and support to children, adolescents, adults, and couples with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. She developed a relationship and sex education program, works with individuals and groups to increase their understanding of sexuality, and conducts relationship counselling. She collaborates on numerous international research initiatives involving socio-sexual education and interpersonal relationships. Her experience includes working at Tony Attwood’s clinic in Australia.

Dr. Hénault is the author of Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood (2005) and co-author of The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law (Attwood, Hénault & Dubin) (2014) published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London.

She also co-authored Female Profile of Asperger Syndrome (Hénault & Martin), Chenelière Education and the Guide for Students with Isabelle Queyroi in 2020.

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