• Date: Monday 19 June 2023
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Location: Online (Zoom)
  • Category: CPD

Please note this event is aimed at qualified practitioners employed at one of our partner services within the South West Community of Practice.


This full day training is suitable for those who have knowledge of the treatment and management of children and young people with an ASD diagnosis. Mental health problems commonly co-occur with ASD, yet these problems often go untreated. This training day offers both clinicians and researchers the opportunity to update their knowledge of the evidence-base and its implications for best-practice.

Learning outcomes and 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 

Participants are encouraged to bring their own cases for discussion. Despite being remotely delivered, we will attempt to make this as interactive as possible with video clips and occasional quizzes! 

Mental health problems commonly co-occur with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and yet these problems often go untreated. This can be due to a number of factors including diagnostic overshadowing and difficulty recognising and assessing these problems. There is now good research evidence demonstrating the high prevalence rates – and sometimes atypical phenomenology – of mental health problems in ASD, and in recent years a number of randomised controlled trials have been published, primarily using a cognitive-behavioural treatment packages, with promising results.  

The day will focus on identification and treatment of the mental health problems associated with ASD. As a part of this, we will discuss theoretical knowledge about autistic thinking and processing styles that can pre-dispose young people with ASD to problems of anxiety or depression, and think about how this knowledge can inform interventions.  

The emphasis of this training event will be on interactive learning using group exercises, and numbers are kept low to encourage discussion and sharing of experience and ideas.  


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 effected with mental health issues. Please note practitioners must have working knowledge of autism spectrum disorders and experience of delivering therapeutic interventions, such as CBT. This workshop is not suitable for those delivering Low Intensity practice. 


Ann Ozsivadjian is a Clinical Psychologist in independent practice who worked for several years as the senior psychologist in a specialist complex neurodevelopmental disorders team at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, providing assessments and treatments for a wide range of neurodevelopmental difficulties and co-occurring conditions. Her particular research interests and clinical specialism are mental health problems in ASD and adapting interventions for young people on the autism spectrum, and she regularly presents at conferences on these topics. She also provides training courses across the UK on the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in autism spectrum disorders. She has published a number of papers and co-authored book chapters. She has also produced a number of podcasts and webinars in conjunction with the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She currently works in independent practice and is also a visiting senior lecturer at King’s College London. 

Please note this event is now full.