logo Maxine Aston
MSc. Health Psychology
C&G 7407 Further Education
Diploma in Casework Supervision

Specialising in relationships affected by Asperger Syndrome.
Individual, couple and family counselling.
Conference speeches, lectures & workshops.

Author of 'The Asperger Couple's Workbook', 'Aspergers in Love' and 'The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome'

Raising Awareness in Asperger Syndrome
(Review Schedule)
  The Healing of Cassandra
(Review Schedule)
Woman's Face A series of one day workshops aimed at professionals working with individuals affected by Asperger syndrome.

Would you like to increase your understanding of this complex disorder and develop useful methods and strategies for working with individuals, couples or families affected by Asperger syndrome?

Maxine has been running workshops to raise awareness and increase understanding of Asperger Syndrome for over ten years. The workshops are aimed at increasing understanding and providing strategies that work with clients, adolescents, couples, families or students, affected by Asperger syndrome. The workshops are varied and each is arranged to suit the interests and knowledge base of the delegates attending. The cost to attend each workshop is £95.00 which includes refreshments.

Here are some of the Raising Awareness workshops that are on offer:

Raising Awareness in Asperger Syndrome
A workshop aimed to increase understanding of what is Asperger syndrome, what it is not and how it will affect an individual. Discover the facts and myths that surround this complex disorder Time is taken to explore where Asperger sits on the Autistic Spectrum, consider the diversity of individuals affected by Asperger syndrome and how a counsellor might signpost to a client that they may be on the Spectrum.
The workshop is sensitively paced and includes a range of activities with plenty of time to discuss and ask questions. I would recommend that delegates, if possible, attend this workshop as a prelude to the following two workshop.

Raising Awareness in Couple Relationships affected by Asperger syndrome
This workshop has been run for Relate Counsellors on a nationwide level from both the Park Centre and various Relate premises around the UK. Maxine's research has found that a counsellor's response to a couple, when one partner has Asperger syndrome, can be crucial to their future relationship. The workshop looks in depth into how the lack of 'theory of mind' will impact upon the non Asperger partner and offer strategies for the counsellor to use when working with the couple's relationship. In addition the way Asperger syndrome will affect males and females will be explored along with how these differences will impact upon the relationship. I would recommend that delegates, if possible, attend the Raising Awareness in Asperger Syndrome workshop prior to this one.

Asperger Syndrome in the Bedroom
This workshop is aimed at psychosexual therapists and counsellors who are likely to be working with the sexual side of a relationship; this workshop has been run for members of the British Association of Sex and Relationship Therapists (BASRT). Discover how having Asperger syndrome might impact on the sexual side of a relationship. Develop an understanding of what is meant by Sensory Sensitivity and how best to work with these issues. The workshop will look in depth at how lack of 'theory of mind' will impact upon the sexual side of the couple's relationship and the affect that might have on both partners. Learn strategies that will benefit the relationship and allow the couple to enhance their understanding of each other. I would recommend that delegates, if possible, attend the Raising Awareness in Asperger syndrome workshop prior to this one.

Raising Awareness in Adolescents affected by Asperger Syndrome
This workshop focuses on adolescents affected by Asperger syndrome and how this impacts on the whole family. We will explore the diversity in young people with Asperger syndrome and deepen understanding of the whole Autistic Spectrum. The workshop will look in depth at how lack of 'theory of mind&39; and Alexithymia, will impact upon an individual and offer strategies, for the counsellor to use when working with young people.

Raising Awareness in Students affected by Asperger syndrome
A workshop for lecturers, teachers, educational staff and all professionals working with students affected by Asperger Syndrome. This has been run for both Durham and Dundee Universities where it was well received with excellent feedback from both.

Here are just some of the topics covered in the workshops :-
  • Understanding what Asperger syndrome is and what it is not.
  • Explanation of what is meant by Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  • Understanding the effect of Alexithymia and lack of Theory of Mind.
  • Understanding the effect of Sensory Sensitivity on individuals with Asperger syndrome.
  • Improving Communication with individuals affected by Asperger syndrome.
  • Highlighting the diversity, within individuals, of Asperger syndrome.
  • How one might recognise someone with Asperger syndrome in practice.
  • Appreciating the differences between children and adults.
  • Looking at ways to work with individuals with Asperger syndrome.
  • Information on resources and reading.
  • Importance of awareness within professions.
  • Looking at diagnostic criteria - Asperger's or not?
  • Using the Genogram as a tool in counselling Asperger's.
  • Understanding the affect of Asperger syndrome upon family members.
  • Looking at case studies.
  • Adults with AS - differences between males and females.
  • Role play in communication.
The cost to attend a workshop is £75.00 which includes refreshments and buffet lunch. If you would like Maxine to run an in-house workshop then charges are £500 per day for up to twenty delegates, travelling expenses are not included in this price.

Certificate for six hours Continuous Professional Development Certificate given to each delegate.

Maxine is willing to travel overseas providing travel expenses and accommodation are covered.

If you are interested in arranging a workshop to be run by Maxine please contact the Park Centre - as@maxineaston.co.uk.
There are four workshops planned for 2007, please Review Schedule.
Cassandra Workshop
A weekend workshop for women who are either in, or have been in, a relationship with an AS partner; who would like to feel both understood and supported.

(See also The Healing of Cassandra)

Programme Outline
 Coming to Terms - Why?
 Attraction - Parent or Partner?
 Sorrow and Loss.
 Self Worth & Self Esteem.
 Assessing CAD - Am I?
 Needs - Mine and Others.
 Determining Self Potential
 Rights - What Are They?
 A Life After - With AS?

This is a weekend event where you get to work with Maxine, meet other women in similar situations and make time for yourself and your needs.
Review Schedule.

Aspergers in the Bedroom

Looking at how the sexual relationship may be affected if one partner or both has Asperger Syndrome.
One-day workshop aimed for therapists working in this area.

For full details of workshops, dates and venues please contact pb@maxineaston.co.uk.

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