Adapting CBT for Young People with ASD – CANCELLED

This workshop has been cancelled


This workshop will share the evidence base for CBT for young people with high functioning ASD. There will be a discussion of common mental health difficulties this group experience and guidance on how to assess for these conditions, considering issues of differential diagnosis. Modifications to CBT for this group will be shared with some time to focus on disorder specific CBT protocols. The workshop will be interactive and experiential involving the use of vignettes, clinical materials, role plays and an opportunity to apply learning to clinical practice using delegates’ case examples.   Attwood, T. (2004) Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anxiety. Attwood, T. (2004). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and adults with Aspergers Syndrome. Behaviour Change, 21(3), 147-161. Russell, A., Jassi, A., & Johnston, K. (2019). OCD and Autism: A Clinician’s Guide to Adapting CBT. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Moree, B. N., & Davis III, T. E. (2010). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders: Modification trends. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4(3), 346–354. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2009.10.015 Scarpa, et al. (2013). CBT for Children and Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. Walters, S., Loades, M., & Russell, A. (2016). A systematic review of effective modifications to cognitive behavioural therapy for young people with autism spectrum disorders. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 3(2), 137-153.


Amita Jassi

Dr Amita Jassi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Service for Children and Young People (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). She has worked with young people and adults with co-morbid ASD and OCD since 2008. Amita develops and delivers individually-tailored treatment packages, including intensive, home-based and inpatient treatment, as well as offering consultation and joint work with clinicians around the country. She has worked on several trials, including one examining clinical effectiveness of CBT for OCD in individuals with ASD.

Amita has taught and trained nationally and internationally on child and adolescent OCD and ASD. She is the author of several books including ‘Can I tell you about OCD?’, ‘OCD in Autism: a clinician’s guide to adapting CBT’ and upcoming CBT therapist manual and workbook for young people with OCD and ASD. She has published several papers in peer reviewed journals on OCD and BDD and engages in media work to increase awareness and understanding of these conditions.

Rhian Parham

Dr Rhian Parham is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist DISCOVER workshop programmes team (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), providing evidence-based treatment to adolescents in the school setting in a workshop format. Prior to joining the DISCOVER team, Rhian has worked in the National and Specialist Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) CAMHS as well as the Service for Complex Autism & Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND). Rhian has extensive experience of autism diagnostic assessment, as well as the assessment and treatment of young people presenting with mental health difficulties in the context of an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Rhian has a particular interest in supporting young people with autism to access psychological therapies, as well as the delivery of psychological intervention in the school setting. Rhian has provided teaching and training relating to supporting children and adolescents with ASD and neurodevelopmental conditions to professionals working across education, health and social care settings.

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

Bookings can only be considered confirmed after we have received your online registration or application form and payment (or invoicing details, including an official purchase order document). Please note that registration to workshops closes 7 days prior to the event date.

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The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.