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Understanding Autism

This workshop will enable you to develop a greater awareness of autism in general, in addition to an understanding of how the use of therapeutic approaches might support a person with autism.

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Course Details

It is estimated that 50,000 people are diagnosed with Autism in Ireland and that there has been a threefold increase in prevalence rates over the past 20 years. These statistics highlight the need to gain insight and understanding into autism spectrum disorder. This workshop will enable you to develop a greater awareness of autism in general, in addition to an understanding of how the use of therapeutic approaches might support a person with autism. The workshop will also explore the experience of the parent who has a child with a diagnosis of autism.


Venue: Cork Education Support Centre, Western Road, Cork
Next Start Date:
10th March 2018

Time: 10am-5pm

Workshop: €100
PCI College Graduate: €90
PCI College Student: €80

Eligibility:  Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy and students currently in professional training. Entry is by online application form.



The topics covered on the day will include:

  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understanding of the Triad of Impairment and the impact of same on a person with autism.
  • Introduction to Theory of Mind
  • Insight into the assessment and diagnostic process.
  • Autism and therapy.
  • Exploration of alternative interventions
  • Understanding of the parental process of a diagnosis of autism with a focus on supports needed.


This is a Contining Professional Development Workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students) and other helping professionals with therapeutic experience. If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or 01-642268.



Jade LawlessJade Mullen

BA Psychology, MA Counselling Psychology, MIACP

Year Head for BSc Years 3 and 4

Jade is the Programme Leader and Year Head for Years 3 and 4 on the BSc (Honours) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Jade also lectures across the BSc from Years 1 – 4. Jade is a registered Counselling Psychologist and accredited member of the IACP. Jade has experience working in a number of areas, with a particular interest in autism, in particular in relation to psychotherapeutic supports, knowledge and psychoeducation available for parents and carers of children who have a diagnosis of autism and has delivered a presentation on this area at the 2013 National Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference. Jade is also interested in the relational aspects of therapeutic work and has a growing interest in working with children in care.


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“My experience with PCI was the best decision in my life, I would rate PCI 10. I'm not saying it was easy, especially starting a new career at the age of 50, but I got through with a lot of hard work and dedication. Liam McCarthy and Josephine Murphy were an inspiration and all the other Tutors I had during the four years. Since I got my Degree I have been so busy counselling, only last week I was offered another new job, its amazing. Next year I will be 70 and hopefully the work will continue.”
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"I found this module extremely informative. I feel that I have gained a huge wealth of insight into childhood / adolescent developmental stages. I feel ready to take on this demanding work".
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