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Working with persons with ASD in mental health settings

9:30 (Registration begins at 9:15) | Monday 04 Mar 2019

Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James Hospital, Dublin 8

Members Price €75 - You must be logged in to avail of this rate

Non-Members Price €195

Booking is not currently open on this event.

This one-day workshop will be of interest to occupational therapists of all grades working with persons with ASD in mental health settings. Please log in to avail of the members' rate. Priority will be given to AOTI members if this course is oversubscribed.


Aims of the Training:

  • Explore participants expectations and Background in working with persons with ASD.
  • Explore the diagnosis of ASD and the performance issues.
  • Exploring our role as OTs in working with persons with ASD.
  • Assessment through to Intervention and Beyond.
  • Using yourself therapeutically in working with persons with ASD.
  • Evidence Based Practice.
  • Resources for Occupational Therapists in Practice.
  • Case Study work.


About the facilitators:

Claire I. Gleeson qualified with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. Since then, Claire has worked within the field of Mental Health and Autism, and has worked across all educational levels, from primary school to university. Claire worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Unilink Service in Trinity College Dublin from 2008 to 2017. In her role as Senior Occupational Therapist Claire worked collaboratively with both undergraduate and post graduate students with disabilities in providing support with engagement and integration into university life; both academically and socially.

Claire also established and developed the Students with Disabilities Ambassador Programme, a student led initiative, to support students with disabilities to develop and build skills, as well as acting as role models for other students. In August 2017, Claire joined the Practice Education Team within the Discipline of Occupational Therapy and is responsible for supporting the Practice Education component of the undergraduate occupational therapy programme. Claire holds a Master's of Science by Research from Trinity College Dublin, a Post Graduate Advanced Certificate in Education from Queens University, Belfast, which specialised in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders and an Associate Certificate in Higher Education in Narrative Research from the University of East London. Claire is currently undertaking a PhD which explores the lived experiences of women with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Claire is the Chairperson of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Mental Health Advisory Group. She was a Board Member of the Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland, and sat on the Pieta House Autism and Mental Health Research Steering Committee.


Dr. Clodagh Nolan qualified in the early 80's with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from the College of Occupational Therapists, London. She worked for a while in the area of Mental Health before joining the Discipline of Occupational Therpay at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She has taught both at undergraduate and post graduate levels within the Discipline. Her Masters and Ph.D. studies were in the areas of community mental health and the development of a self report measure for students with disabilities. From 2009-2012 she held the role of Head of Discipline and is the founder of the 'Unilink Approach’ to the provision of Occupational Therapy Services for students with disabilities in higher education which originated in Trinity College, Dublin and is now offered to two other Universities within the Greater Dublin Region. She currently a member of Trinity College’s Faculty of Health Science Ethics Committee, the Healthy Trinity -Working Group on Mental Health and is board member of the government Occupational Therapy Registration Board (OTRB).

Dr. Nolan’s research activities and interests are primarily within the area of mental health and disability and ASD, and her current projects include, investigating the scientific properties of the ‘Trinity student Profile’ (TSP, Nolan 2011, 2014) in collaboration with Kim Lombard, the investigation into the effectiveness of a self-management programme for students with mental health difficulties in collaboration with Kieran Lewis and the investigation of the football ‘Kickstart to Recovery Programme’ in collaboration with the HSE and the FAI and the investigation of the sensory needs of student with disabilities.


Dr Katie Cremin has been working in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy (OT) Trinity College Dublin (TCD) since 2002. She completed her PhD in the area of secondary school and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with a specific focus on parents, teachers and peers. The intervention aspect of the project was carried out in secondary schools and examined the effectiveness of an autism acceptance program for students. She has experience working in child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) and remains closely allied to this area in her teaching and research. She has carried out research looking at the effectiveness of the ALERT programme in a CAMHS setting. She co-ordinates the undergraduate occupational therapy modules related to children and youth. Katie is also a board member of Sensational Kids, a social enterprise / charity which provides OT and SLT to children nationally.


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  • Payment in full is taken at the time of booking.
  • Payment of the booking fee does not guarantee you a place at this workshop. 
  • Full payment must be received prior to the closing date in order to secure your place.
  • If the workshop is oversubscribed you will be provided with a full refund.
  • Successful applicants will be notified that they have a place at the workshop following the closing date. 
  • Places are limited and members are advised to book early to secure a place.  

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