New in 2020: Autistic wellbeing – what works? Does CBT work?

In a sentence:

In this session, Dr Chloe Farahar critically discusses the evidence for the use of CBT with Autistic people, and asks attendees to consider the wellbeing of Autistic people, and not how to change Autistic experience.

Overview:

In this training Chloe discusses the evidence for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a therapy for Autistic people who have anxiety, depression, and/or low self-esteem, and why Autistic people need Autistic identity, culture, community, and space for better mental wellbeing.

Detailed layout:

  • What is Autistic experience? Clinical versus Autistic community definitions
  • What wellbeing concerns do Autistic people have?
    • Anxiety
    • Overwhelm; meltdown; shutdown; burnout (versus depression)
    • Harmful stims
    • Typical psychological divergences e.g. voice-hearing
  • Why does typical CBT not always work?
  • Challenges of using CBT to improve Autistic wellbeing
  • Therapists and their challenging behaviours – not knowing difference between Autistic experience and mental wellbeing issues; too much focus on Autistic behavioural change
  • Adapting CBT – does it work? Limitations of studies
  • Importance of Autistic identity, culture, community, and spaces for wellbeing
  • Summary and close – Mindful stimming

Each individual workshop suits a two-hour (or more) timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.  

Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and workshops have been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80+).  Workshops are appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+, and 10 years+ for the neurodiversity day event), and have been carried out with: teenage school children; foundation degree students; degree students; charitable organisation staff/volunteers; Metropolitan Police personnel; support and well-being staff etc.

Fees: Training sessions are £100 per hour per trainer. If you are a charitable organisation with limited funds still get in touch and we can see what we can do – we never want to price out organisations wanting to improve their understanding of Autistic experience.


Questions to ask a new therapist when you’re Autistic – downloadable PDF and infographic

ALT TEXT: navy background, lower left has the gold Aucademy logo, gold writing over the top reads:

"Questions to ask a therapist 
(Note: A good therapist will be happy in answering all these questions) 
 
What are your qualifications/certifications?
 
How long have you been qualified?
 
What modality [type of therapy] are you qualified in? Do you work from a trauma-informed perspective? How do you understand the difference between being Autistic & mental health concerns? 
 
What Continuing Professional Development have you undertaken since 
qualification in relation to supporting Autistic people? Do you update this regularly? 
 
Are you a member of a professional body? (In the UK we have UKCP, BPC, 
NCS, BACP, PTUK, BABCP, ACAT, ACC, ACP, ADMP, BAPT, BPA, COSRT, COSCA, 
EAGT, UKAHPP, FDAP, HCPC, HGI, IACP, UKATA, UPCA) UK law does not 
regulate therapy so finding out if a therapist is registered with a 
professional body can be an important question to ask.
 
What is your connection to autism?/Are you Autistic?
 
Do you know of, or are you able to learn about how I experience being Autistic? 
(list things you know about yourself: hyperphantasia/aphantasia; alexithymia; weak/strong interoception; etc.)
 
Do you offer a free session/intro session? Do you offer concessions/free sessions?
 
Do you have a minimum number of sessions?
 
Do you have a contract? 
 
Is everything we talk about confidential? How does your safeguarding work? 
 
Do you receive supervision? If so, how often?
 
What motivated you to train to become a therapist?
 
Have you been in therapy yourself?
 
What about contact in-between sessions?
 
Do you offer crisis therapy?
 
How do you support Autistic people when sessions are coming to an end?
 
What if we don't get on? What happens then?
 
*Autistics, trauma, & access to therapy: Angela Kelly educates Aucademy 18.09.2021*: https://bit.ly/39LR9wj" ALT TEXT ENDS