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Autism, Alexithymia, Masking, Camouflaging and Synesthesia

A two-day online training.
Module 4 in the BPS Approved Cert/Dip in Autism and Mental Health

Autism and Mental Health

Alexithymia, Masking, Camouflaging and Synesthesia.

This two-day online training course introduces you to a “model for
understanding & supporting autistic people who experience
Alexithymia / Low Interoceptive Awareness, Masking and Synesthesia.”
Essential knowledge and skills when supporting autistic people with co-
occurring mental health conditions.
You can take this course as a stand-alone module or as Module 4 in the
BPS Approved Certificate and Diploma in Autism and Mental Health.  All
course materials are available online via a learning management platform
so you can complete at your own pace and time.
What will I learn on this course?
  • How Alexithymia, Masking/Camouflaging and Synesthesia may
  • The overlaps between Alexithymia and Low Interoceptive
  • Impact of Alexithymia and Low Interoceptive Awareness on mental
  • Ability to spot the signs of Alexithymia and low interoceptive
    awareness using the “Spotting the Signs Tool and related screening
  • How to use two Psychoeducation Tools, “What is Alexithymia?” &
    “What is Interoception?”
  • How to spot the signs of masking and camouflaging amongst
    autistic people
  • Understand the impact of masking and camouflaging on self-
    identity, self-esteem, self-acceptance and mental health.
  • Ability to use the camouflaging autistic traits screening tool.
  • Understand how Synesthesia may present and impacts on mental
  • Ability to use the, “ Every behaviour is a communication “ARC Tool.”
  • Introduction to Mindfulness as a tool for increasing mind body
    awareness, responses to external stimuli, recognition of bodily
    signals and what helps to maintain balance.
  • Ability to use a range practices, resources, psychoeducation tools,
    worksheets and strategies for increasing self-awareness, self-
    acceptance, balance and improved mental health.
  • Reviewed the literature and best practice approaches for
    supporting autistic people who experience alexithymia, low
    interoceptive awareness, masking/camouflaging and synesthesia.
  • Access to supplementary psychoeducation, learning materials and

What are the benefits of completing this training?

  • Understanding of Autism and Mental Health (using an inside out &
    neuro-affirmative approach)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Work towards the BPS Approved Certification in Autism and Mental
  • Ability to adjust practice.
  • Specific core skills for supporting Autistic people who experience co-
    occurring mental health conditions.
  • Access to supportive resources, skills, and approaches.
  • Increased awareness around your own practice.
  • Application of learning into practice.
What else will I take away from this training?
  • PDF Course Handouts.
  • 8 weeks access to 8 Tutor led videos.
  • Course Guide
  • 6 workbooks (one per lesson).
  • Certificate of Completion for this course.
  • 3 NCAMH Podcast Interviews.
  • 3 Downloadable Articles.
  • 1 Spotting the Signs Tool (including printable visuals)
  • 4 Screening Tools
  • 9 Downloadable Worksheets.
  • 2 Psychoeducation Tools.
  • 2 Skills Based Activity Resource Packs
  • 4 Downloadable Reflective Practice Worksheets.
  • Further reading/reference list.
  • Access to supplementary learning materials
  • Investment

    £192 (inclusive of VAT and all course materials)

    For multiple bookings or for employer invoicing please call 07545 190915." Discounts available for multiple bookings.


The STIMS and SPINS resource packs have been
great, putting a strength – based approach at
the centre of our client work has been
incredibly validating for autistic people. Thank
you for this very informative course.