Professional Short Course: Emotions & Behaviour

Professional Short Course on Emotions and Behaviour

 If you are a professional working with Autistic children or adults in the fields of allied health, education, psychology, health, or disability support, and are committed to improving wellbeing and fostering happiness of the Autistics that you work with, this short course is a perfect choice for you.  

Our Professional Short Course on Emotions and Behaviour is a practical and rewarding course that explores common Autistic behaviours (including meltdowns, shutdowns and burnout) and their underlying root cause. It will increase your understanding of your Autistic clients as well as giving you the skills to increase their flourishing across the lifespan with respectful support that fosters resilience, autonomy, and authenticity. 

Unlike other courses offered on Autism, Reframing Autism’s Professional Short Course on Emotions and Behaviour is designed and run by Autistic individuals. It is not only information-rich, but actively centres Autistic experience as meaningful, and approaches Autism from a perspective of building broad and genuine wellbeing for every Autistic individual and the Autistic community.  

During the Professional Short Course, you will have access both to academic research, as well as to Autistic lived expertise, which is considered as equally – if not more – valuable as peer-reviewed academic literature. You will have access to Autistic facilitators and their experiential knowledge, and you will have many opportunities to interact with your professional peers. 

Reframing Autism Professional Short Course: Emotions and Behaviour

In a nutshell

Awarded by: Reframing Autism
Delivery: Online with a Zoom discussion
Structure: All lectures are pre-recorded and the content can be engaged with on-demand while the short course is open
Duration: 3 weeks
Workload:  5-8 hours approx.
Prerequisite: Completion of Autism Essentials (2-3 hours approx.)
Qualification: Certificate of Completion
Price: $250 + booking fee 

Build your knowledge of how to support your Autistic clients with empathy, compassion, and genuine understanding in this Professional Short Course on Emotions and Behaviour from Reframing Autism. 

This Professional Short Course is suited for any professional (including health, allied health, psychology, education, and disability support) looking for deeper knowledge of the complex relationship between Autistic internal experiences, emotional regulation, and behaviours.  

In this course, you will build on your theoretical and scientific knowledge to understand Autistic emotions and behaviour. It will not only foster your own skills to support your Autistic clients in the community but will also empower you to use your skills to build acceptance, authenticity, autonomy and inclusion in your therapy room, classroom, or clinic. 

Through this online Professional Short Course – developed, designed, convened, presented and facilitated by an all-Autistic team – you’ll learn how to help Autistic individuals across support and communication needs in respectful and uplifting ways that actively build their wellbeing, using best practices endorsed by the Autistic community as well as innovative Autism research. Your learning will be grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology, within the overarching frame of the neurodiversity paradigm. 

Delivered online for flexible learning, this course will take around 6-8 hours of learning, plus 2-3 hours of pre-requisite work. 

Professional Short Course: Emotions & Behaviours - Reframing Autism Australia

Course structure

In this course, you will study the relationship between Autistic internal experiences, emotional regulation, and behaviours. To that end, we look at some of the ways Autistics show their overwhelm, including meltdowns (compared and contrasted to tantrums), shutdowns, burnout, and sensory overload. We then consider behaviours within the frame of “can’t” or “won’t”, and discuss the issues with pathologising Autistic behaviours as challenging or problematic. This module also addresses Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Autistic-specific anxieties, and inertia. 

Each learning topic begins with a video (with transcript) to anchor the subject. Then a selection of carefully curated resources is available, with which a learner can engage to gain a deeper understanding of the topic. These resources are a mix of writings from Autistic advocates, videos, peer reviewed academic papers, and other journal articles.  

Each module will have several discussion questions to stimulate your learning and help you reflect on how the content applies to your work life. There are quizzes to check your understanding and case studies to give you the opportunity to apply your learned knowledge to a scenario relevant to your work. There will also be a Zoom workshop in which you will work through an example case study in a group context. 

Reframing Autism Professional Short Course Emotions Behaviour

Prerequisites for entry

The Professional Short Course on Emotions and Behaviour is specifically designed for Australian professionals working directly with Autistic individuals across the lifespan. If you are ready to make a genuine difference to your Autistic clientele and have an open attitude to the kinds of deep learning which will challenge and change your assumptions, you are welcome to register for the Professional Short Course.  

Before commencing the course, it is a prerequisite that participants complete Autism Essentials, a free, self-paced online course that provides a solid understanding of Autism in a way that is neuro-affirming. 

Reframing Autism Professional Short Course Emotions Behaviour

Reframing Autism's values

There are some key ideologies upon which all of Reframing Autism’s work is based, and which will run throughout the course. These include: 

  • Always presume competence. 
  • All human beings, regardless of intersectionality, or support or communication needs, deserve acceptance, authenticity, and autonomy. 
  • Just as Dr Ross Greene says, “kids do well when they can”, so too all Autistic individuals do well when they can. 
  • Inclusion is a human right and comes when you belong and are welcomed as your authentic, intact Autistic self. 
  • All Autistic individuals, regardless of intersectionality, or support or communication needs, are full and whole humans as they are, with the right to demand equity and to have their dignity respected. 
  • Autism is not a disorder and Autistic people are not “less than”. 

Reframing Autism’s core values include to respect, accept, embrace and empower through gentle influence. Reframing Autism has a commitment to respecting diversity across intersectional and marginalised minorities and to providing as much of a safe space as possible for everyone. 

Reframing Autism Professional Short Course Emotions Behaviour

Self-selection criteria

This course presents information and perspectives that Reframing Autism believes are in the best interest of the Autistic community and its ongoing collective and individual wellbeing. Of course, we understand that not everyone shares our values and perspectives. The following information summarises the ideological underpinnings for our course.  If you feel that there exists a significant “values mismatch” between your perspectives and ours, we encourage you to consider your openness to learning – and to having your thinking challenged – before registering. Please note, we actively encourage healthy and respectful debate, so we provide this information simply to help you to assess your own capacity to engage meaningfully with the course content.   

All participants in the Professional Short Course will be expected to interact respectfully and courteously with their peers, regardless of sexuality, gender, race, religion, communication and support needs, culture, disability, or any other intersectionality.   Additionally, some of your professional peers learning alongside you will themselves be Autistic. We are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for our Autistic professionals, so we ask that you extend to each of your peers not just professional courtesy, but the respect of sensitivity to neurology. 

For this Professional Short Course to be effective, each participant should be ready to be challenged. To get the most out of your learning requires a commitment to curiosity and a willingness to be open to new information or different perspectives.  

We may present information that is different to the way you have always thought about or done things.  There may be some moments of uncomfortable self-reflection based on new information or new perspectives.  You may disagree with some of these perspectives.  We ask that you express your disagreement respectfully, and we undertake that same commitment to you. Your commitment to respectful dialogue ensures a safe learning space for all.   

Reframing Autism Professional Short Course Emotions Behaviour

Payment and registration

This course will cost $250 + booking fee per professional. Payment is due at the time of enrolment in the course, either through credit card payment or via invoice.  

You can register to study the Professional Short Course on Emotions and Behaviour here 

Places are limited for each intake, and registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.  

If you require any further information, please contact and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  


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