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Working with Autism Spectrum Conditions in Short-term Higher Education Counselling: Birkbeck Training Series

Venue: Online

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of the current situation with the coronavirus, we have taken the decision to move existing workshops to a live online event.   

About the Workshop 

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Providing counselling and psychotherapy for clients on the autistic spectrum is a relatively new and developing field. Short-term interventions can be challenging as more time is often needed to develop a trusting relationship. In higher education counselling services, an increasing number of students, with and without diagnoses of autism, present with difficulties around isolation, identity, gender confusion, trauma, as well as more common experiences of anxiety and depression. Understanding how students with autism or autistic features might present themselves and being able to offer tailored interventions is essential. This is especially the case as we know that the first encounter with a counsellor or psychotherapist often informs an individual’s willingness to seek more psychological support when it is needed. This workshop will focus on what can be done to improve the experiences of students on the autistic spectrum. 

Workshop Themes  

  • What is autism and what is it like to have autism?  
  • How do we recognise and respond to students who may not have a formal diagnosis? 
  • What kind of interventions work well with these students? 


Ticket price: £70 per workshop. Limited discounted early-bird tickets at £60 (for individuals only, not for bookings through organisations).

Workshops are aimed at qualified counsellors, particularly those working with students in a Higher Education setting.


Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm including short breaks (1.00 - 2.00pm stay online for optional networking, feel free to eat your lunch too) 

Live online workshops (no recorded playback), platform Microsoft Teams TBC: The interactive workshops will include the trainer’s presentation, Q&A, and breakout group discussions. Participants need an electronic device (preferably a computer/laptop) with a microphone, webcam and reliable internet connection. Joining instructions will be emailed to participants a few days before including a guide to using the online platform/software (TBC), schedule, and slides in advance when possible.


A CPD certificate will be emailed afterwards. 


Other workshops in the 2020-21 Birkbeck Training Series:

See PDF 2020-21 workshop flyer

  • Working with Trauma in Short-term H.E. Counselling – Wednesday 11 November 2020. SOLD OUT.
  • Working with Race in Short-term H.E. Counselling – Wednesday 27 January 2021. SOLD OUT.


Booking & payment: Past workshops have had waiting lists so we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. All bookings are by card payment online. 


Refund policy 

A refund will be given for all cancellations requested more than 30 days before the event takes place and we are waiving the administration charge for the Birkbeck Training Series 2020-21 events due to the pandemic. Any cancellation made less than 30 days before the booked event takes place will not receive a refund. However, if you cannot attend, you can transfer your place free of charge to another person who is a counsellor/therapist if you provide their name by email at least 24 hours before the scheduled event start time and all further workshop materials will go to them. A recording of the workshop is not available and no refunds will be given due to internet or technology problems of ticketholders.

All cancellation requests must be made via email to  

In the unlikely event of the workshop being cancelled or postponed we will offer a full ticket refund, however, we will not be responsible for costs incurred such as travel or accommodation. 


Contact Us 

If you have any queries, please email We also welcome your feedback and ideas for future workshops. 

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