Course Summary

Autism affects about 1 in 59 children in Australia. Of those, about half also have an Intellectual Disability and about 70% have a mental health disorder like anxiety or depression in addition to Autism.

This course is aimed at upskilling mental health professionals in evidence-based practice in clinical assessment and mental health treatment for verbal children, adolescents and adults with Autism and/or mild intellectual disability. The course combines current research in clinical assessment and mental health treatment in autism, with real-life clinical and case examples. A range of reflection and interactive activities keep the learner interested and engaged. This online course is based on Dr Belinda Ratcliffe's highly successful (always sold-out!) 1-day face-to-face workshop, but has been specifically designed, professionally edited and adapted for online learning.
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Course Overview

Mental health clinicians will increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in autism and mental health assessment and treatment over 4 self-paced modules:

  • Module 1: What is Autism? In this Module partipants will consolidate their understanding of autism, from the neurodiversity and lived experience perspective as well as DSM-5.

  • Module 2: Autism and Mental Health. Participants will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the prevalence of mental ill-health health in autism, reflect on the significant gaps in service provision and consider prevention/early intervention for mental health in autism.

  • Module 3: Clinical Assessment of Mental Health in Autism. Participants will learn Dr Belinda Ratcliffe's 'ground-breaking' model for mental health assessment in autism. Participants will learn a step-by-step process for mental health assessment in this population and obtain skills to apply immediately to their own clinical practice.

  • Module 4: Mental Health Treatment in Autism. In this Module, participants will learn about how to adapt evidence-based mental health treatment in autism and learn Dr Belinda Ratcliffe's 'revolutionary' technique to adapt mental health treatment, in any clinical setting.

  • BONUS: Pre-recorded Live 1-hr Q&A with Dr Belinda Ratcliffe

  • Certificate of participation on completion.

  • Approximately 8 hours of CPD when you complete all the quizzes, activities and reflections + the 1 hour live Q&A

Who is the course for?

The course is designed to meet the learning needs of a range of mental health professionals, including:

  • Psychologists

  • Mental health social workers

  • Mental health occupational therapists

  • Pediatricians

  • Psychiatrists

Presented by

Lecturer, Author & Clinical Psychologist

Dr Belinda Ratcliffe

Dr. Belinda Ratcliffe, lead author of the award-winning Westmead Feelings Program 1 for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a highly qualified Principal Clinical Psychologist and Researcher with a PhD in Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Belinda has received multiple prizes in recognition of her work. Dr. Ratcliffe a Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University, leads a team of Clinicians in South-West Sydney at 'The Emotions Clinic Australia', dedicated to making a lasting impact in Autism, Intellectual Disability and Mental Health. Dr Ratcliffe provides training, clinical supervision and consultancy across Australia to a range of Health, Disability and Education Government, Non-government and Private agencies, including the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Mater Hospital in Brisbane and NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Foundations in autism for mental health professionals

This online course provides practising mental health professionals with a comprehensive foundation in autism and mental health.

Bonus material

  • Bonus! Live Q & A

    1-hour pre-recorded live Q&A with Dr Belinda Ratcliffe

  • Bonus! 12 months access to course content

    All participants will receive 12 months access to revise and revisit material throughout the year.

  • Downloadable resources, clickable links and slides.

    This engaging interactive course is interspersed with space for reflection, downloadable resources, clickable links and downloadable slides

Pricing Options

  • $389.00

    LAUNCH SPECIAL (by popular demand extended until 31st Jan 2021!)

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  • $199.00

    Provisional Psychs/Registrars

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  • 3 x $130.00

    Monthly Payments

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"This should be Mandatory Training for all Mental Health Professionals"

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

"This course is a game changer"

Psychologist, 20 years experience

"Belinda is such an innovator in the field of ASD"

Clinical Psychologist, 30 years experience

"The training experience was a really great one. Impeccable slides, the videos are wonderful and overall so informative for really any professional at any level of practice or experience."

Clinical Psychology Registrar

The course is very comprehensive and yet very easy to understand I have walked away with so many practical skills in working with autism and mental health presentations. I feel more confident in adapting CBT skills to help an autistic adults manage mental health issues and hence reduce challenging behaviors.

Mental Health Professional

Additional products


  • How long will this online course take?

    Most mental health professionals should be able to complete the online course in the equivalent of 1-day (approximately 8 hours).

  • I'm an early career psychologist - is this appropriate for me?

    Yes absolutely! This course provides a comprehensive foundation in autism, mental health assessment in autism and mental health treatment in autism.

  • I already work in autism - will this course be helpful?

    Other clinicians with experience in autism have found this course highly beneficial in consolidating their own knowledge in the latest evidence-based practice and learning new tips and tricks. Belinda's case studies and stories provide opportunities for reflection and new learning.

  • What if I can't attend the live 1 hour Q&A with Dr Belinda Ratcliffe?

    No problem - this will be recorded and available for you to watch in your own time in the online learning platform.

  • How long will I have access to the materials?

    All participants will have 12 months access to the online learning platform. Some of the written learning materials (e.g. slides, handouts) will be available to download.

  • I work in a large organisation/health service - can I bulk order this online program for my team at a discount?

    Yes absolutely! Bulk discounts for teams of 5+ mental health professionals are available, please email Dr Belinda Ratcliffe ( to discuss your organisation's needs.

  • Does Dr Belinda Ratcliffe provide individual or group clinical supervision in Autism and Mental Health?

    Yes absolutely! However, it is highly recommended that all prospective supervisees complete the online course first, to get the most out of the supervision experience.