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Autism and Gender Identity: 18th July 2024

18 July 2024, 9:00 am
Presented by RCH Specialist MH Autism Team & Gender Team; Campbell Paul, Wenn B Lawson, Zeffie Poulakis, Fiona Zandt, Leonie Wilson, Jo Rouse

This is a full-day workshop delivered online via Zoom live webinar.

Cost Information:

$240 inc GST: General

$120 inc GST: Victorian CYMHS/CAMHS/ICYMHS, Orygen clinicians, Take Two, headspace, ACCHO/ACCHS, Childrens' Health & Wellbeing Locals (Brimbank-Melton/Loddon-Bendigo/Southern-Monash), AMHS (including Forensicare)


Please note our workshops sell out quickly and therefore may not be available. We are sorry if you cannot access the training you would like to at this time.  

Who is the training for?

Mental health clinicians and other professionals such as psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, mental health nurses, paediatricians, headspace clinicians, psychiatrists and registrars, working with autistic children and young people.

Who provides the training?

Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service: Assoc Prof Campbell Paul, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Royal Children's Hospital: Dr Zeffie Poulakis, Director of Psychology (Clinical Psychologist)

RCH Specialist Autism Team: Dr Fiona Zandt, Clinical Psychologist; Ms Leonie Wilson, Speech Pathologist

Mindful: Ms Johanna Rouse, Senior Occupational Therapist

Dr Wenn Lawson: Lived experience autistic advocate, researcher and author.

What does the training include?

This one-day live webinar focuses on children and adolescents. The workshop provides an introduction to gender dysphoria as well as an understanding of gender issues in Autism. The current research will be summarised, and clinical considerations will be discussed and illustrated through case discussion. Learning will include:

  • Overview of current research
  • Gender identity in autism
  • Gender Service at Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Case studies
  • Support resources and interventions
  • Lived experience
  • Future directions

What do participants say about the training?

“Presenters held my attention all day - which for an online course is saying something! Good mix of clinical and lived experience info and discussion of current social debate. Will be good info to take into my workplace.” (Aug 2023)

“Very neuro-affirming” (Aug 2023)

“(I liked the) lived experience (…) such a well rounded discussion” (Aug 2023)

“I really enjoyed the workshop. I think the videos of real life experiences were great. They demonstrated the internal and external struggle to fit in on all levels – family. Friends, society, workplace etc.” (Aug 2023)

“(I liked) the diversity of stories, the real people via video, seeing the enthusiasm from the group, feeling the acceptance of the professional community... the overall workshop!” (May 2022)



Cancellation and No Show Policy

Registered participants who are unable to attend and notify us of this in writing prior to fourteen days before the workshop may either:

(1) cancel their registration and receive a refund of their payment minus administration fee of 20% or $40, whichever is greater;
(2) transfer their registration once to another eligible participant within the same workplace (no fee);
(3) in some circumstances may be able to transfer their registration once to an equivalent-cost ASD workshop in the same calendar year, if space is available.
Participants who cancel 14 to 2 business days before the workshop may be permitted to transfer their registration once to another eligible participant (no fee). In exceptional circumstances, please contact Mindful.

Venue for this training is

online via Zoom live webinar.

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All information correct at October 2022. Mindful reserves the right to make changes to the training calendar or any general or specific information published in this calendar. Mindful reserves the right to cancel courses that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case, course fees will be refunded.