Psychological work and autism
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Full price: £83.33 (+VAT)

Member price: £50 (+VAT)

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This 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

This course has been designed to support psychological work with autistic adults, including psychological assessment, formulation, and how to use psychological theory to most effectively support autistic people. Learners will consider how to adapt their practice when working with autistic adults.

After taking this course you should be able to identify autistic people, recognise when to refer for a specialist autism assessment, and understand what an autism assessment involves. However, it is not expected that you could undertake an assessment and diagnosis of autism after taking this course, as this requires specialist training and diagnostic tools.

Is this course right for me?

If you are work in a psychological role and already have a knowledge of autism this course has been designed to support you in considering how to how to adapt theory, psychological assessment and formulation when you work with autistic people.

If you require general autism awareness or guidance on how to support autistic adults, you will find our other BPS autism courses useful; Building awareness of adult autism and Supporting autistic adults


Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Understand the aims of the Autism Strategy and identify how the autism strategy has been implemented in their area of work.
  2. Understand how the mental health of autistic people may be impacted, and why this may be.
  3. Understand and have practiced approaches to identify, assess, diagnose and use theory to treat psychological and mental health conditions in autistic adults.
  4. Be more confident in supporting and treating psychological and mental health problems in autistic adults.

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 wiht 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

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