Specialist knowledge

This section provides access to training materials for all professionals who need further specialist knowledge about autism and / or who wish to take on a training role. Use the links on the right hand side to find resources for specific key professions, such as General Practitioners, Generic health and social care professionals, Social care professionals (Community care assessors, Social workers) and Mental health professionals (Community mental health teams, Psychiatrists, Psychological therapists).

 

Autism in General Practice

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The Autism in General Practice course, provided by the Royal College of General Practitioners, enables GPs to improve the care and practice they provide for patients with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Read more »

Autism skills and knowledge list

The list, developed jointly by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and the National Autistic Society, enables individual workers, or services and teams, to work out whether they have the knowledge and skills needed to provide a good service to people who have autism. Read more »

Autism: best practice interventions and support

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This online course examines the key aspects of autism spectrum disorders, looking in detail at diagnosis, assessment and effective intervention. Read more »

Improving access to social care for adults with autism

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This guide is primarily for frontline, managerial and commissioning staff in the social care sector. Read more »

Introduction to CBT

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This training workshop delivered by the Royal College of Psychiatrists provides an introduction to the principles and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Read more »

Learning Resource on Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This on-line learning resource, provided by NHS Education for Scotland, is designed for any professional who is working in the health care system at the primary care level. Read more »

Managing Anxiety

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This training workshop delivered by the Royal College of Psychiatrists training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for problems such as generalised anxiety, panic disorder and phobias. Read more »

Managing Depression

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This training workshop delivered by the Royal College of Psychiatrists provides training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for low mood and depression. Read more »

Personalisation briefing: Implications for people with autistic spectrum conditions and their family carers

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This briefing produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence highlights the role that good assessment and person-centred planning can play in supporting people with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling lives. Read more »

Psychiatric services for adolescents and adults with Asperger syndrome and other autistic-spectrum disorders

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This report produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists is a consensus view of the psychiatric services required for people with autism in adolescence and adulthood. Read more »

Recognising autism spectrum disorders in children with normal-range intelligence

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This e-learning module produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists will help you to identify the features of autism particularly in children with normal intelligence. Read more »

The Autism Act 2009: developing specialist skills in autism practice

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This Royal College of Nursing (RCN) guide explores how services might anticipate the needs of people with autism. Read more »

Working with adults with autism

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This e-learning module, developed by the British Pschological Society (BPS), has been designed to support psychological work with adults with autism. Read more »

Working with people with autism: the autistic perspective

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In this film, produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, we see how Scott, a man with autism and learning disabilities, and Marie, a professor with Asperger’s Syndrome, learn to make sense of society, with the support of colleagues and family members. Read more »

Working with people with autism: the professionals

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In this film, produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, a social worker supporting a young man with autism with his transition to adult services and a care worker in a day setting discuss effective support for people with autism. Read more »