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CPD Module - Understanding Autism and Learning Disability for Social Work, Health and Social Care

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To apply for this module please 'request a place' and download the FCL Social Work CPD Funding Application Pack from Attached Documents, complete this and return to by the 24th June 2022

Knowledge is changing rapidly around the experiences and capabilities of those who are autistic or have a learning disability, many changes coming from within these communities themselves.

This 15 credit module takes a research and rights focused approach to working with autistic people, learning disabled people, and those who are both autistic and learning disabled.

You will look at these challenges from a family perspective across the lifecourse, considering work with autistic/LD parents, children, teenagers and adults.

This module will be taught online through a combination of prerecorded resources and live seminars during the University’s spring term. Teaching includes input from autistic presenters and from parents. It focuses on developing knowledge to support practice for those in social work, social care, or health, in order to facilitate fresh approaches to working with families and individuals.

You can choose to take the module at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Whilst both will receive the same taught content, the module assessment will be tailored to meet either BA year 3 standards or MA standards.
Start Date
Wednesday 25 January 2023
End Date
Wednesday 8 March 2023
10:00 - 13:00
Learning outcomes
Teaching focuses on developing knowledge to support practice for those in social work, social care, or health, in order to facilitate fresh approaches to working with families and individuals, including:

  • Understanding autism and learning disability

  • Policy and law

  • Barriers to services

  • Communicating well

  • Ethnicity, culture and neurodiversity

  • Autism across the lifecourse

  • Considering transitions

  • Old age and bereavement

Additional information
Target Audience
Assessment Services (BHCC) / Children's Services (B&HCC) / Social Workers
target audience
Course pre-requisites
Online Learning Session, bn2
Event Trainers
University of Sussex
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