Practitioner Certificate in Working with Autistic Adults

Jan-Jun 2023 Course Details:

The aim of our program is quite simple- to train and create a network of helping professionals who can meet the diverse needs of the Autistic adult clients.

IACP CPD recognised and awarded 60 CPD points

Programme Fee & Payment Schedule

Full Fee: €1,250

  • €650 Deposit on registration
  • €600 by 30th November, 2022

$ 624.41$ 1,300.86

A neurodiversity-affirming approach to working with Autistic adults in your practice or clinic, delivered by Autistic professionals to professionals who work with Autistic adults. 

This course is designed to equip helping professionals with the knowledge and skills to recognise Neuordivergent traits, to adapt and to work in a supportive manner with their Autistic clients. It offers participants practical skills-based training with a strong theoretical overview. All facilitators are Autistic themselves. 

The program will be delivered online over zoom.

Places Strictly Limited to 25 Participants so early booking is advised.

Who the course is for: Helping professionals such as Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, GPs, Nurses, Coaches, Play Therapists, Art Therapists, Drama and Music or Dance Therapists.

I’m one of the above listed professionals but is this course for me?

Here are a few questions to help you to discover if this course is for you:

Have you started to become aware of the high prevalence of Autistic adults emerging within your client/patient group?

Would you recognise if your client was Autistic or is your outdated idea of autism getting in the way of this?

How well are you acquainted with the paradigm shift away from the medical model and into Neurodiversity?

How familiar are you with the current issues facing Autistic people?

How confident are you about adapting your workspace, communication style & therapeutic approach to facilitate your Neurodivergent clients?

Are you aware of the high prevalence of mental health problems amongst Autistic people?

 

Course length: 10 days over 6 months (January – June 2023)

Course Dates:  

Sat 21st Jan , Sun 22nd Jan, Sat 11th Feb, Sat 4th March, Sat 1st Apr, Sat 22nd Apr, Sat 13th May, Sat 27th May, Sat 17th June, Sun 18h June

Trainers: Evaleen Whelton and Eoin Stephens with guest trainers to cover other specialist areas.

Course outline:

Day 1 (Saturday): Introductions, current knowledge. Neurodiversity paradigm.

Day 2 (Sunday): What is autism/being autistic 1

– Myths, history, current thinking/terminology, discovery/ women …

Day 3 (Saturday): What is autism/being autistic 2

– Masking, sensory sensitivity, stimming, etc…

Day 4 (Saturday): Anxiety (Generalised, Social etc), Depression, PTSD, Eating, Disorders, OCD, low self esteem, etc…

Day 5 (Saturday): General implications for therapy/counselling/helping

 – Therapeutic environment, communication differences, structuring therapy, relevant goals, assessment/diagnosis/ discovery (for your client or for you)

Day 6 (Saturday): ADHD, Dyspraxia, EDS, gender etc… 

Day 7 (Saturday): Therapeutic approaches

– Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, etc…

Day 8 (Saturday): Demo/practice sessions

Day 9 (Saturday): Supervision, networking, practice considerations, further CPD, etc

Day 10 (Sunday): Presentations of individual learning summary

There is currently a massive increase in adults either realising they are Autistic or being diagnosed as Autistic. Growing-up not knowing we are Autistic can take its toll on our mental health and overall wellbeing. Finding out we are Autistic brings a healing in itself. But it can also open old wounds and mean that we need significant support in building self esteem, dealing with anxiety, trauma and a host of mental health and identity issues. Finding a Neurodiversity-affirming therapist can make all the difference to an Autistic adult and their recovery.

There is a shortage of helping professionals who use Neurodiversity-affirming approaches towards late-identified  Autistics and also Autistics identified in childhood but who have now reached adulthood.

This course has two main goals:

  1. To train and up-skill helping professionals to meet the needs of their Neurodivergent clients
  2. To develop a directory of helping professionals who we can recommend. We are inundated with requests for adult support and we have nowhere to direct them to that does not have an intensive waiting list.

The aim of our program is quite simple- to train and create a network of helping professionals who can meet the diverse needs of the Autistic adult clients.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants who complete this 1o day course will gain skills and strategies to understand and meet the needs of their Autistic clients.
  • Learn how to adapt their approaches and practise for their Neurodivergent clients.
  • Learn how to identify Autistic people beyond the narrow confines of the medical model.
  • Develop a growth mindset and solutions for creating a Neurodiversity- affirming practise.
  • Become competent in supporting their clients to unmask and to heal.
  • Learn to collaboratively identify relevant & realistic therapy goals
  • Become familiar with further learning resources related to working with adult Autistic clients

 

Programme Structure & Fees

Entry Requirement

The course is open to qualified practitioners in any of the helping professions listed above, or similar.

Applicants must have relevant professional insurance and professional supervision.

 

Schedule

10 Day Programme Commencing Saturday 21st  January 2023.

Class time will run from 10am – 5.00pm each day thereafter.

 

Teaching Methods

This Programme will be facilitated online via Zoom.

Assessment

Presentation of Individual Learning Summary based on Reflective Learning Journal

Programme Fee & Payment Schedule

Full Fee: €1,250

  • €650 Deposit on registration
  • €600 by 30th November, 2022