About Us
CBT Courses
Distance Learning
In-House Training
SDS Accreditation
Free Materials
Register on SDS Site
SDS Blog SDS on Twitter SDS on Facebook SDS on YouTube

CBT and Counselling with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clients
A Masterclass with Professor Tony Attwood

A one day masterclass from Professor Tony Attwood, THE acknowledged world expert on therapy with adolescent and adult autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clients.

Many therapists either struggle with therapy with ASD clients or use an ASD diagnosis as a basis for exclusion from all “talking therapies”. Difficulties with theory of mind, articulating emotions and a failure to understand the unique experiences of ASD clients often make therapy a challenge for both client and therapist.

This is a major problem. Nearly 80% of ASD clients suffer from a mental health problem at some stage in their lives, 40% have symptoms of at least one anxiety disorder and 30% suffer from depression. 35% have thought about or attempted suicide. Additionally, research indicates that between 10-30% of all drug users have ASD.

Socially, only 16% of people with ASD have full-time jobs, more than 60% rely on their family for all their financial support and nearly 40% still live with their parents.

To make matters worse however, many ASD adolescents and adults are undiagnosed and unrecognised. Their ASD is mislabelled by both therapist and family as a personality trait “a bit ASD/OCD”, “eccentric”, “clumsy”, “odd” “emotionally inexpressive” or “concrete thinking”. It is now estimated that around 1% of the adult population has “undiagnosed ASD” with the rate being up to 9 times higher in women than men. Placing this with the high incidence of mental health problems and you can come to only one conclusion

A sizeable minority of your clients will have problems relating to ASD.

Do you know who they are and how to work with them?

Such clients often find it difficult to use any talking therapy in its classic forms and either do not engage in therapy in the first place or drop out during the process. They are often classified as “resistant”, “difficult to engage” or “not psychologically minded”.

This Masterclass with the world-renowned expert, Professor Tony Attwood, will teach you how to work successfully with ASD adolescents and adults in your CBT and counselling work.

  • You’ll learn how ASD clients think and see the world so you can communicate with them more effectively
  • You’ll be able to explore issues important to your clients which are the direct result of their ASD
  • You’ll learn how to help ASD clients identify and label emotions
  • You learn how to use special interests and ASD characteristics as strengths that your clients can use to manage their problems more successfully
  • You’ll understand how to adapt CBT techniques and strategies so that your ASD clients can respond effectively with them as well as learning which CBT techniques are most useable with this client group.
SDS Live Webcast:
CBT and Counselling with ASD Clients - RECORDING

Click here to learn more and book


I’d been wanting to train with Tony Attwood for years. I’d read so many of his books as well as recommending them. The experience of training with him was no disappointment. Apart from his phenomenal knowledge, his manner as a clinician was breath taking. I knew I had to try and persuade him to come to the UK and train for SDS. The fact that he not only agreed to, but was willing to do so, so quickly, makes this event one of the highlights of my career.
Paul Grantham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist,
SDS Seminars Ltd

Facebook Reviews:

“Amazing man who is so knowledgeable and so willing to share to help others”

“Amazing, loved your seminar so much”

I love Dr Tony Attwood. I find him a joy to listen to, and I'm so glad he continues to champion the plight of those whose voices would otherwise go unheard. 
Will Hadcroft via up-tube.com

This is the first time I have described a book as life changing. For anyone attempting to understand individuals with Asperger's syndrome this is an eye opener and a life line. 
MCB (Sheffield) on Tony Attwood’s “The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome”

This is an incredible tool that increases communication opportunities and emotional metacognition. In addition, it allows individuals with ASD begin to develop perspective which is fundamental to critical thinking. 
Kaari Olson (Director of Special Education) on Tony Attwood’s CAT-Kit via Amazon.com

Regular Price: £190 + VAT (£228).

Certificate of Completion:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7 CPD training hours on the day.

Click on a venue to enrol in the course.
Booking Conditions
SDS Live Webcast
Be part of SDS events via our interactive live WEBCASTS:
  • Live video feed
  • Live presentation slides
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Opportunity to discuss the course with other delegates
  • Voting in polls
  • Additional resources online
Click here to learn more and book.

Course Leader:

Professor Tony Attwood

Dr Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist, is the acknowledged world expert on therapy with ASD clients. Professor at both Griffith University in Australia and Strathclyde University in Scotland, he’s worked with an estimated 8000 clients with some form of ASD diagnosis.

He is author of innumerable peer reviewed studies and book chapters on autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ASD. He’s also published 15 books in the field with sales topping 1 million, and titles translated into 28 languages. These include CBT to Help Young People with Asperger's Syndrome to Understand and Express Affection: A Manual for Professionals (2013) and Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues: A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome (2016).

He lists his current clinical interests as

  • How girls with Asperger’s adjust to the profile of abilities and experiences associated with ASD
  • The constructive use of special interests in the daily life of those with an ASD
  • Helping the typical child who has a parent with the characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome
  • Improving the self-esteem of adolescents who have Asperger’s syndrome.
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to treat depression in adolescents and adults who have Asperger’s
  • Developing the expertise of my colleagues at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane

He has been interviewed by a number of television companies around the world and an ABC TV documentary of his work, life and his ASD son’s struggle with drug addiction was broadcast in 2017.

Professor Attwood continues to present at numerous international conferences each year, is Chair of The Hearts & Minds Clinic for ASD clients in Brisbane and still manages to find time to dote on his grandchild Rosie.

Learn more about Tony Attwood:

An immensely knowledgeable, inspirational and humorous speaker Tony will make this training day for you a practical, memorable and enjoyable experience.

Copyrights © 20032019 www.skillsdevelopment.co.uk All Rights Reserved