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LIVE WEBINAR: Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria Understanding Intense Emotions Wednesday 31st July 2024

Original price was: $78.00.Current price is: $59.00.

WHEN: Wednesday 31st July, 2024

START: 6pm Brisbane, Australia (AEST)

DURATION: 2.5 hours (including Q & A)

WHERE: Online – Webinar link will be sent one (1) day prior to event start

On completion of this workshop, a certificate will be provided with 2 hours personal development

30 Day Access to recording of Event

Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is the intense emotional response to perceived or real rejection or failure. People with RSD may experience profound emotional pain, even from minor incidents that others might not find distressing.

Research indicates that RSD in ADHD may be linked to differences in brain structure and function. Specifically, these differences can affect the regulation of emotions and behaviours related to rejection. It’s thought that people with ADHD and/or autism with RSD may have heightened sensitivity to perceived criticism, rejection, or failure due to these neurological factors.

In this webinar, Barb takes a deep dive into the lived experiences of having RSD and the impact it can have on a neurodivergent person in many aspects of their life. Unfortunately, RSD is an area that is still significantly under-researched, but through Barb’s clinical lens will bring together current knowledge to provide an in depth understanding of RSD with strategies and tools to assist a person in coping with overwhelming and painful emotions.

Topics covered:

  • What is rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD)
  • Understanding the biological brain differences
  • How RSD is related to ADHD
  • What causes rejection-related emotions and behaviours
  • Managing intense negative feelings
  • The difficulty in controlling reactions – sudden anger or rage, bursting into tears
  • The impact of communication and vague interactions with others
  • Social anxiety
  • Impact on relationships and friendships
  • Internalised emotions
  • Feeling self-conscious and embarrassment
  • People pleasing
  • Perfectionism
  • Task avoidance and procrastination
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • The priority of self-care
  • Being kind to yourself
  • Acceptance of failure and rejection
  • Learning healthy ways of acceptance

This webinar will provide practical tools, tips and strategies for ADHD/autistic people, parents, teachers, employers, allied health professionals, support workers and carers.

This event may be claimable for Self & Plan Managed NDIS Participants. Please check with your plan manager/LAC. Please advise in checkout or email us HERE if you require an invoice to claim against your funding package.

About the Presenter

Barb Cook Girl Women Autism WorkshopBarb Cook, M.Aut.(Ed), Dip.HSc.(Nut)

Developmental Educator, Integrative Nutritionist & Adult ADHD Coach

Barb Cook is a highly committed autistic advocate, writer, editor, and highly sought-after international speaker. She has made appearances on Australian radio and television, in newspapers and magazines, and in the SBS television documentary The Chameleons: Women with Autism.

Barb is a registered Developmental Educator, past Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI), Integrative Nutritionist and current Executive Board Member of the Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA).

Barb holds a Master of Autism degree from the University of Wollongong where she was also a researcher and co-project lead in the area of self-determination and self-advocacy for autistics adults.

Barb is currently engaged in research projects in the USA with her recent project investigating menopause and ageing in autistic people. Barb has a strong interest and holistic approach in working with autistic/ADHD women in midlife and ageing and is dedicated to improving the overall well-being and quality of life for neurodivergent people. Barb identifies a neurodivergent after being diagnosed mid-life (40) and after significant burnout in 2009 with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.

Barb is internationally recognised for her bestselling book on autism in women, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism with Dr Michelle Garnett, filling the gap in literature between lived experience of autistic women and the clinical knowledge. Barb’s second best-selling book co-authored with Yenn Purkis, The Autism and Neurodiversity Self-Advocacy Handbook: Developing Skills to Determine Your Own Future, is an essential guidebook that gives you the tools and strategies to advocate for yourself in any situation, developing your skills in standing up for yourself, your needs and wishes. Barb’s third book, Planning Your Career Through Intense Interests is focused on assisting young autistic adults in navigating careers pathways. Barb is currently writing her fourth book on autism and menopause.

Barb is founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and is a prolific writer on autism, ADHD and neurodivergence.

Barb is a highly sought-after international speaker and presents on a variety of topics related to women, autism, ADHD and Neurodiversity. Barb spoke at the World Autism Organisation Congress 2018 in Houston Texas and 2019, and was invited by the United States government to keynote a special event “A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs” for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) in Washington DC, USA.

Barb was awarded the “A Different Brilliant” award at the Aspect National Recognition Awards in Sydney and the Leadership Support Award from the Neurodiversity Academy in 2021. In 2017 she received a Special Commendation from Queensland’s Governor, his Excellency, Paul De Jersey for the Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards.

Barb is a passionate motorcyclist, and enjoys riding the love of her life, Ron Strom Burgundy, a Suzuki VStrom DL1000, who assists her with good self-care and an effective anxiety reducing and depression busting practice.

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Published research:

Listening to the autistic voice: Mental health priorities to guide research and practice in autism from a stakeholder-driven project. Teal W Benevides, Stephen Shore, May-Lynn Andresen, Barb Cook, Steven S. Coughlin, Dena L Gassner, Becca Lory Hector, and Lisa Morgan. Sage Journals: Autism

Interventions to address health outcomes among autistic adults: A systematic review. Teal W. Benevides, Stephen Shore, May-Lynn Andresen, Reid Caplan, Barb Cook, Dena L Gassner, Jasmine M Erves, Taylor M Hazlewood, M Caroline King, Lisa Morgan, Lauren E Murphy, Yenn Purkis, Brigid Rankowski, Sarah M Rutledge, Savannah P Welch, Karl Wittig. Sage Journals: Autism.