What's in this module?

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Learning Experience

This module guides you through the key steps leading up to and including the first consultation. It aims to ensure best outcomes for your clients and your service. Anne articulates common pitfalls and offers practical tips culminating in a scenario-based activity on assessment planning.

  • Module Toolkit (a workbook, checklists, guides, and example policies)

  • Instructional videos

  • Scenario activities

Module Outline

The module includes the following lessons:

  • Managing your referral pathways

  • Setting up an intake procedure (pre-session information gathering)

  • Initial consultation planning

  • Establishing your own ASD assessment plan

  • Final scenario activity

Skill Development

This module focuses on the following skills:

  • Self-Management

    Develop the reflective and organisational skills to pre-empt misunderstandings, as well as establish a standardised process for client engagement and assessment planning.

  • Coordinating with others

    Build rapport and relationships with referrers, clients, and others towards excellent client care.

  • Critical Thinking

    Evaluate the available information to make sound judgements and decisions.


Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre

Dr Anne Chalfant

Anne is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre based in Sydney. A successful author, speaker, podcast host, and researcher in child development and mental health, she consults across Australia and globally. Anne is internationally regarded for her expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a member of both the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). Anne began her early career developing and co-authoring the Autism Spectrum adaptation of the acclaimed Cool Kids Anxiety Program. She received the Australian Psychological Society National Clinical Psychology Conference Prize for Early Career Research for this work. In 2011, she published the book, Managing Anxiety in People with Autism, which subsequently became a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Psychology section. It has since sold thousands of copies worldwide. She also published the children’s book “Wally the Worried Wallaby in Dog-Gone Trouble” and the related parent guide as a way to assist families in preventing and managing anxiety in young children. In 2004 Anne was a pioneer in establishing a multidisciplinary private practice, which specialised in helping children with developmental and mental health difficulties. For over 15 years Annie’s Centre was known as a centre for excellence in assessment, diagnosis and treatment for hundreds of children and families. Now Anne splits her time between caring for her own 5 children, producing the Annie’s Centre podcast as a free support service to families, and conducting training courses and workshops. These are highly regarded by medical and allied health professionals across the globe.