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Workshops & Presentations

The team at Embracing The Other Half are regular presenters at conferences and conduct a range of relationship - Autism/Asperger's related workshops for both professionals and family members with ASD.

Topic areas include:

All aspects of Asperger's Syndrome and Autism
Relationship topics
Emotional fusion in close relationships
The role punishment plays in intimate relationships

2014 Events

Dr Julie Peterson and Senior Clinical Psychologist Patricia Kiely presented two 1-day workshops on Developmental Disorders & Autism Spectrum Disorders, followed by parent's sessions, on behalf of Embracing The Difference Foundation in May 2014.

These workshops were sponsored by local Clubs and the Foundation and provided at no cost to attendees.

These workshops were held at:

Toukley on 21st May 2014; and
Orange on 28th May 2014

2013 Events

Pathways to Employment Seminar

Temple Grandin

Julie with Kathy Lette

Julie spoke at the Pathways to Employment Seminar in Sydney on Friday 31st May, along with Temple Grandin, The Honourable Tim Fisher and other key speakers.

She also attended a lunch with Temple Grandin and Kathy Lette on the following day.

The Salvation Army

Dr Julie Peterson is working with the staff of the Salvation Army's William Booth House in Paddington. The Salvation Army's Bridge Program, conducted at William Booth House, is an internationally acclaimed long-term residential drug, alcohol and gambling recovery program.

Julie is assisting the William Booth Team to increase their overall awareness, understanding, knowledge and skills around Autism Spectrum Disorders, specifically Asperger's Syndrome. There appears to be a link between ASD's and the use of addictive substances such as alcohol.

Julie and John Wilson, the Program Director, are collaborating on clinical research to increase our understanding in this area.

Julie's work is supported by the Embracing the Difference Foundation.

2012 Events

European Research Trip

Julie recently travelled to Europe to meet with a number of leading practitioners and researchers into Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's: including Autism and Asperger's).

The purpose was to ensure that the Clinic, and it's Professional Team of Clinical Psychologists, maintains its position as a leading teaching and treatment Clinic employing the latest developments in ASD research.

Countries visited included the UK and Belgium. A number of 1-on-1 meetings were held, including with the following experts.
Julie with Peter Vermeulen
Julie with Dr Peter Vermeulen of Autisme Centraal in Gent, Belgium
Julie with Professor Francesca Happe
Francesca Happe: Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry (King's College London) with Julie
Julie with Professor Tony Charman
Professor Tony Charman of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education, University of London, with Julie

2011 Speaking Topics
    Dr Julie Peterson

    Presentation by Dr Julie Peterson at the Australian Parenting Conference

    "Parenting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: A variation on the norm"

    February 2011

    This presentation identified important factors that parents need to know, and be skilled in, to parent a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

2010 Speaking Topics
    1 Day Workshop by Dr Julie Peterson

    Mood Surfing: The Art of Emotional Regulation

    26 June 2010

    Emotions often take on a wave like quality with some individuals experiencing larger and more frequent waves. Unfortunately, without the appropriate knowledge, skills and strategies many individuals, couples and families find themselves being dumped or drowned by the waves. This is particularly so for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and other significant mood disorders.

    This workshop incorporates the latest neuroscience and clinical research in the area of emotion regulation and covers the essential knowledge and skills needed to surf, negotiate, ride and survive emotional waves.

    Australian Psychological Society endorsed for Generalist PD points

    Click here for details

  • Clinical Advances: The latest international research and insights into the systemic nature of Asperger's. How individuals with Asperger's act as "a canary in a coal mine" and display greater behavioural and medical sensitivities to toxic environmental influences.
  • "Autisms": Making the invisible visible. Unpacking the variety and complexity of individuals, couples and families with Asperger's.

2009 Speaking Topics

    APAC 2009
    Asia Pacific Autism Conference

    Julie and her husband John attended APAC 2009 in Sydney.

    John gave a presentation titled Mining Diamonds from Asperger's . This presentation, based on our research and his personal experience as an Aspie, showed the significant value that an Aspie can bring to an organisation, and outlined techniques that facilitate a successful outcome for all involved.

    Click here to view

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