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Teaching social-emotional skills to Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or mild intellectual disability

Event number: 19085
5.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Belinda Ratcliffe BSc (Hons), MA Clinical Psychology, PhD

This interactive, hands-on workshop provides an introduction for Clinical Psychologists to teaching social-emotional skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability. The workshop will begin with an introduction to ASD and ID, including DSM-5 assessment and diagnosis of ASD/ID, and co-occurring mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Psychologists will be introduced to evidence-based teaching models and clinical resources to teach social-emotional skills to children with ASD/ID. Relevant practical examples and activities will help participants learn new skills in working with a complex population of children with ASD/ID.

Please note: This course is NOT a formal training and accreditation course in the Westmead Feelings Program. Rather, this course provides an introduction to teaching social-emotional skills to children with ASD and/or Mild ID.

Learning Outcomes

- Understanding DSM-5 assessment and diagnosis of ASD and Mild ID

- Understanding the mental health needs of children with ASD and Mild ID

- Understanding how to apply evidence-based therapy and teaching strategies to support the development of social-emotional skills in children with ASD and/or mild ID

About the presenter(s)

DrBelinda Ratcliffe, lead author of the Westmead Feelings Program 1 for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a highly qualified Principal Clinical Psychologist and Researcher with a PhD in Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Belinda has received multiple prizes in recognition of her work, including an International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) MENCAP Early Career Research Scholarship in 2016. Belinda was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and a University of Sydney Merit Award to undertake her PhD research, as well as a scholarship under the Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme to undertake a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University. Belinda completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Sydney, where she received First Class Honours and the prestigious University Medal. In addition to her private practice, Belinda is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University and a WFP1 content expert for the Children's Hospital at Westmead.


09.00-16.00 (Registration from 08.30)

Online registration


Tablelands Clinical School, Level 3
110 Butler St
Armidale, NSW 2350
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 4/11/2017
End date: 4/11/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm


$15 per person


APS - College of Clinical Psychologists - NSW
APS NSW College of Clinical Psychologists represents over 1320 members statewide. The College is committed to providing quality Professional Development opportunities for its members and student members, and advocating for the role of Clinical Psychologists in the wider community.
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