16 - 17 Nov 2023


9:30 am - 4:30 pm



Workshop Date – 16 & 17 November 2023

Family therapy for autistic adults and their families is an under-researched and practiced area. Participants should have an awareness and knowledge of autism but do not necessarily need to have been trained in the SAFE model itself.

Through a series of workshops, Sarah and Rudi will share their experiences of applying principles and tools from the SAFE programme and adaptions for family therapy for autistic adults and their families. They are offering to share their work which is in development, of a short-term and time-limited family therapy intervention. This work has shown to be feasible within a busy NHS and social care setting and is valued by families.

The training will involve; teaching, small group discussion and reflection, witnessing videos and sharing of approaches and tools. 

Attendees are expected to have an awareness and knowledge of autism. There will be opportunities to engage in discussion of own cases and sharing of experiences. Participants will also be invited to apply techniques and engage in reflections on the SAFE approach between training days. Handouts will be provided. 

As an underdeveloped area of research and practice, we hope this training provides a supportive space that ignites ideas and development within this field.


IFT Zoom
Zoom - details are issued separately by email.


  • Rudi Dallos
    Rudi Dallos

    Rudi Dallos is Emeritus Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He has worked as a family therapist for forty years in a variety of settings, including with children, adolescents, eating disorders and most recently families where a child has a diagnosis of autism. He has been engaged in research and practice using concepts from attachment, narrative and systemic therapies which led to the development of the ANT model. This has been developed further as a part manualised treatment – SAFE for families where autism has been diagnosed and also SAFE for Schools an intervention facilitating relationships between parents and teachers. He has published a range of papers and books including, An Introduction to Family Therapy, Working Systemically with Attachment Narratives, Formulation in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Attachment Narrative Therapy and most recently, Don’t Blame the Parents.

  • Dr Sarah Williams
    Dr Sarah Williams

    Dr Sarah Williams is a clinical psychologist and family therapist in training. She specialises in working with autistic adults without a learning disability. Professor Rudi Dallos is an experienced family therapist and clinical psychologist. He has an interest in autism and with his colleagues, developed the SAFE programme, for autistic children and their families.

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