Autism Awareness: Day 2 Training for Social Workers

Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood
Event Tutors
HR Workforce Development
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Target Audience
CAH Staff / Social Care Staff
target audience
Event Types
Course (daytime)
Course categories
Adult Social Care
Adult Social Care subcategories
Adult Mental Health / Autism / General Adult Social Care / Learning Difficulties
Event description

This 1-day course is specifically for social work practitioners responsible for assessing the needs of autistic adults.  

It is delivered by colleagues from Avon & Wiltshire Partnership, with high level of expertise in supporting adults with autism. 

It will include a focus on:

Issues in assessment:
Opportunity to reflect on previous assessments with autistic adults
Consider how someone with autism might be eligible (unmet) needs in each outcome area of Care Act 2014
Why some ‘able’ adults get overlooked for support
Why a good assessment is essential for autistic adults – mental health co-morbidities- anxiety/low mood/suicidal risks
Reasons why assessment may be difficult eg apparent lack of engagement, communication of needs
Impact on families and carers,
How to work with parents 

Autism and other social care law. Autism Act, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and Equality Act 

Preparing for assessment, gathering information, time requirement
Using principles of safety, clarity, precision, empathy, and low arousal
How to structure visits, assessments and reviews for autistic adults
How to build rapport and develop trust
How to alter the way you communicate
Assessing sensory needs within context of the Care Act 

Service provision:
Working with care providers and setting up placements for autistic adults
What does a good service look like?
Critically evaluating providers including specialist provision
Low level long term support methods

Learning outcomes
The course will enable delegates to:

• Consider how someone with Asperger syndrome might be eligible/have unmet needs in each outcome area of the Care Act
• Understand why a good assessment is essential for autistic adults 
• Have an opportunity to reflect on previous assessments with autistic adults
• Build confidence in how to structure visits, assessments & reviews for autistic adults
• Ensure they understand the wider legal context, i.e.: Autism & Mental Capacity Act
• Understand ways to work with care providers, including in setting up placements for autistic adults
Start Date
Tuesday 25 February 2020
End Date
Tuesday 25 February 2020
Closing Date
Monday 24 February 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Maximum Places
Number of Sessions
Certificate expiry
Pass/Fail event