Autism Advanced Professional Development Workshop

Delivered over 2 days by Sanam Bagherian, Ph.D. in clinical psychology

Online, delivered via ZOOM

DATE TBC, 9am - 3.30pm both days

Expand your expertise in understanding and supporting individuals with autism with this comprehensive 2 day workshop. Delve into the essential tools and considerations in autism diagnosis, including an exploration of sex and gender differences. Learn how to provide optimal support to families throughout the diagnostic journey.

This workshop goes beyond diagnosis to address the factors impacting the mental health of Autistic individuals. Discover effective therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) tailored specifically for autism related challenges.

Workshop aims

Expand Your Knowledge
Learn about tools and considerations in autism diagnosis and how to best support a family during diagnosis, sex and gender differences in diagnosis. Explore the factors impacting mental health of Autistic people and therapeutic modalities.

Explore Solutions
Take a strengths-based approach to the diagnosing autism, understanding the mental health issues and hands on strategies and approaches to support it such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CPS (Collaborative and Proactive Solutions) for challenging situations.

Essential Topics Covered:

Gold standard diagnostic tools and various screening tools, sex differences in presentation of autism, understanding PDA, co-regulation and self-regulation, differential diagnosis and co-occurring conditions such as sensory sensitivities, ID and ADHD.

  1. Taking a strengths-based approach to diagnosis

  2. Supporting mental health issues through diagnosis and treatment

  3. Autism-friendly communication

  4. Modified and autism-friendly versions of ACT, CBT and CPS

Who Should Attend

This workshop is ideal for anyone who has the basic knowledge of autism and wants hands on strategies for clinical practise i.e., diagnosticians, therapists, early intervention therapists, psychologists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and higher-level psychology educators and those in similar fields.

This workshops is worth 40 points/13 hours CPD

About the presenter:

Sanam Bagherian, Ph.D. in clinical psychology

Sanam Bagherian is Autism Specialist Facilitator, has a strong interest in autism and has a Ph.D. in autism psychology which included delivering educational programmes to support parents with children on autism spectrum. Sanam has worked as a clinician and educator to support children on the spectrum and their families for several years, and more recently has worked with autistic adults. Sanam has published more than six studies and has presented at events such as the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology (July, 2017).  
Sanam is passionate about getting up to date in depth reliable autism information and sharing it with the autism community.

What others have said:

  • “Thank you for a very good and relevant 2 days’ worth of information.  Fabulous team and participants learnt heaps”

  • “Wonderful to hear from person with lived experience of takiwātanga.  Great presenters – really engaging”

  • “It is great to have people with autism involved to provide first-hand experience”

Dates: TBC

9am - 3.30pm both days

Online workshop, delivered via ZOOM

Price & Registration Information -

Online 2 day workshop

Early Bird: $499.00 per person, including GST -
Standard: $575.00 per person including GST

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card.
This will appear on your statement as from LIL REGIE LTD WELLINGTON, our NZ based booking agent.  

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort: or ph: 021 066 9811

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Please email  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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