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Autism and Mental Health, “Core Skills and Adjustments to Practice,”

A three-day online training.
Module 2 in the BPS Approved Cert/Dip in Autism and Mental Health

Autism and Mental Health

Core Practitioner Skills & Adjustments to Practice.​

Are you a practitioner supporting autistic people with co-occurring mental health conditions?

This three-day online training course introduces you to a “Core Set of Skills” & “Framework for Adjustments to Practice,” when supporting autistic people with co-occurring mental health conditions.
You can take this course as a stand-alone module or as Module 2 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?
  • A set of core practitioner skills – the PICASSO framework (a holistic and integrative framework for autism responsive practitioners).
  • Best practice approaches and a “Framework for adjustments to practice,” when providing services to autistic people with co-occurring mental health conditions including:
    • Preparation for first contacts
    • Environmental adjustments
    • Communication adjustments
    • Adjustments to the way you work.
    • Thinking and information processing differences
    • Family/Carer Communication and Involvement
    • Transitions and change
    • Sensory supports and resources.
    • Language and identity (adjustments)
    • Gender identity
    • Autism and Diversity
    • Gender-specific adjustments
  • Ability to spot autistic traits/signs across different ages and stages of development including early years, latency, adolescence, young adulthood, and adulthood.
  • Awareness of different approaches for supporting autistic people
    across different ages and stages of development.
  • Understanding of the current assessment and diagnostic
    frameworks, their strengths and weaknesses, and implications for
  • Consider the accessibility of autism assessments and screening
    services for girls and women.
  • Introduction to the spotting the signs framework and screening tool
    for earlier identification of autism amongst girls and women
    (including the internal presentation).
  • Consider the accessibility of services when thinking about gender
    identity, language and identity and diversity (and consider the
    implications for practice).
  • Introduced to a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model of Initial
    Assessments for Autism and Mental Health

What are the benefits of completing this training?

  • Understanding of Autism and Mental Health (using an inside out &
    neuro-affirmative approach)
  • 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.
  • 12 weeks access to 12 Tutor led videos and 2 Podcasts.
  • 8 workbooks.
  • Certificate of Completion for this course.
  • 15 Downloadable Articles.
  • 2 Spotting the Signs Tools/Skills Based Resource Packs.
  • 12 Downloadable Worksheets/Guides.
  • Screening Tool (Girls and Women)
  • Psychoeducation Tools.
  • 5 Downloadable Reflective Practice Worksheets.
  • Further reading/reference list.
  • Access to supplementary learning materials

Start this course online today​

  • Investment

    £216 (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.