5 DAY GROUP PROGRAM: From Surviving to Thriving at Work with Jay Hobbs & Tony Attwood


For older adolescents and adults who have a diagnosis or traits of Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD Level 1).

 Psychologists:  Professor Tony Attwood  &  Mr Jay Hobbs

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September (Monday to Friday) Five Sessions

Venue: Minds & Hearts Clinic, 6/88 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane 4101

Cost: $160 x 5 sessions ($800 total)

Payment must be made in advance of the sessions to secure your place. Please note: The total cost of the group is $800 irrespective of whether you attend each one of the five scheduled sessions.

Most participants will be eligible for a Medicare Rebate. Please enquire with your GP for a Mental Health Care Plan for group therapy sessions. For participants to be eligible to receive a rebate from Medicare the group will require at least 6 participants.


Program Description

Employment can make a big difference to a person’s self-esteem including a sense of purpose and self-worth, practical application of one’s interests and/or strengths, opportunities for acquiring new skills and the incorporation of structure and routine into daily life. Nevertheless, employment can bring particular problems for a person on the autism spectrum, including difficulties with mental exhaustion and high levels of stress, difficulties with the social aspects of the work setting, sensory issues and concerns regarding priorities and organizational skills. This group programme provides strategies and ideas to assist with the common problems that can become barriers for people with Asperger’s syndrome in the work setting. By the end of the programme, participants will have a comprehensive workbook of strategies specifically designed for their own profile of strengths and challenges. These strategies can then be used to achieve greater success in the workplace.

About the facilitators

Tony Attwood – Clinical Psychologist

Tony is a clinical psychologist and co-creator of Thriving at Work. He acquired his original qualifications in England, and achieved a PhD from the University of London. He has specialised in autism spectrum conditions, especially Asperger’s syndrome. Tony is an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals has become one of the primary texts on Asperger’s Syndrome and has been translated into twenty languages.

His current clinical interests are developing diagnostic procedures and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for emotion management for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.


Jay Hobbs – Psychologist

Jay Hobbs is a psychologist and co-creator of Thriving Now based on the south coast of England. Jay has worked with people on the autism spectrum and their families for over fifteen years in both Australia and the UK. Jay worked as an Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne, has a Master of Professional Psychology and currently works under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Garnett and Prof. Tony Attwood. Jay has worked on large employment programs with corporate clients such as HP, SAP and SunPork Farms. Jay is passionate about working with people on the spectrum particularly in the areas of psychology, education and employment.