Autism and Mental Health Conference 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, Leeds

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The conference programme includes key experts from the education, health and social care sectors, as well as autistic people.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018
08:45 - 09:30Registration and refreshments
09:30 - 09:40Welcome by the Chairperson [More Info]
Kabie Brook, Chair, Autism Rights Group Highlands (ARGH)
Lorraine MacAlister, Autism Training Consultant, The National Autistic Society
09:40 - 10:40KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Autism and happiness - what makes a positive outcome for autistic people? [More Info]
Professor Rita Jordan OBE, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham
10:40 - 11:30Homes not hospitals: why and how? [More Info]
Isabelle Garnett, Autism campaigner, practitioner and parent
11:30 - 11:55Refreshment break
11:55 - 12:45SEMINAR STREAM 1
11:55 - 12:45Stream A: Working towards a happy life: practical steps and supports [More Info]
Professor Rita Jordan OBE, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham
11:55 - 12:45Stream B: Making CAMHS accessible for young autistic people [More Info]
Dr Jo Bromley, Service Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Service for Children with Disabilities, CAMHS at Central Manchester University Hospitals NH
Alison Hunter, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist, Manchester Local Care Organisation
11:55 - 12:45Stream C: Diagnosing anxiety and depression in non-verbal autistic people with learning disability [More Info]
Professor Chris Oliver, Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
Dr Jane Waite, Lecturer in Psychology and Clinical Psychologist, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University
12:45 - 13:35LUNCH
13:35 - 14:25SEMINAR STREAM 2
13:35 - 14:25Stream A: Understanding and preventing suicide and self-harm in autism [More Info]
Dr Sarah Cassidy, Assistant Professor and Visiting Researcher, University of Nottingham and ARC Cambridge
13:35 - 14:25Stream B: Reducing stress and anxiety in school [More Info]
Kathryn Houlahan, Specialist Teacher, Birmingham Autism Team
13:35 - 14:25Stream C: Support through online communities [More Info]
Brian Bird, Founder/facilitator of online group for autistic adults , Aspergers - A Lighter Shade of Blue
14:25 - 14:35Transition between seminars
14:35 - 15:25SEMINAR STREAM 3
14:35 - 15:25Stream A: Shared approach in using psychotropic medication in practice and alternative interventions [More Info]
Hazel Griffiths, Advisor, NHS England STOMP National Programme and Parent to an autistic young man
Dave Gerrard, Pharmacist Lead STOMP Programme , NHS England STOMP National Programme
14:35 - 15:25Stream B: Tackling mental health issues in girls and young women [More Info]
Dr Judy Eaton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Author
14:35 - 15:25Stream C: All about me - low level preventative support for autistic adults [More Info]
Carole Rutherford, Co-Founder, Autism in Mind
Letesia Smith, Managing Director, Autism in Mind
15:25 - 15:45Refreshment break
15:45 - 16:25From autism to anxiety [More Info]
Dr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Children’s Neurosciences, Evelina London Children’s Hospital
16:25 - 16:30Closing remarks
16:30Conference ends