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
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)
Autism and Diversity
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 &
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.
Certificate of Completion for this course.
15 Downloadable Articles.
2 Spotting the Signs Tools/Skills Based Resource Packs.
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.