Building awareness of adult autism
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Full price: £50 (+VAT)

Member price: £30 (+VAT)


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The course provides 2 hours of learning, you will be granted access to the course for 6 months from the date of purchase.

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Course overview

Developed by specialist psychologists in collaboration with autistic consultants, this course will provide you with an introductory explanation of autism and details what it is like to be autistic.

You may also be interested in our Supporting autistic adults course which expands on the Building awareness of adult autism course by detailing how you can support autistic people. If you work with autistic people in your psychology practice then our Psychological work and autism course will be useful to support your work. It will help you learn how to adapt your approach when with working with autistic people. The course covers psychological assessment, formulations, and how to use psychological theory to most effectively support autistic people.

All three courses can be purchased as a bundle at a discounted price here.


Intended audience

This course offers an introductory explanation of autism and details on what it is like to be autistic.    

It is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn more about autism and build an awareness of how to support autistic adults.  


Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Understand and be able to explain what autism is and identify key characteristics of autism.
  2. Understand what it is like to have autism and describe how people with autism see the world.
  3. Understand how autism is diagnosed.
  4. Be aware of some of the difficulties and potential strengths.
  5. Be aware of how to best support adults with autism when they need it.
  6. Understand how you might need to alter your interactive style when with an autistic individual.

This course is available in English only.

The course is designed to take approximately 2 hours.


A note on language

There are a range of different ways to describe of describing autistic people and the debate about which language is most appropriate is ongoing. Some prefer to use ‘person first’ language (i.e. adults with autism) whilst others prefer ‘identity first’ language (i.e. autistic adults). 

For this course the authors have used a combination of different language. It is always best to ask the individual you are speaking to or working with what language they prefer.  


About the authors

These BPS courses have been developed in collaboration with autism expertise from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with a number of experts by experience peer mentors.

Discounts and invoices

Member Discounts

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If you or your colleagues are looking to book onto this course as a group you can make savings by booking ten or more places. To find out more about our packages contact


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Packages for BPS Accredited education providers

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