Introduction to Autism and Neurodiversity in Mental Health Settings - HSCP Funded

Venue Online
Contact Hours 3.5
Event Type HSCP Funded
Specialities Intellectual Disability, Neurology, Pediatrics
Presenter Details Susan Madigan (OT) has more than 10 years’ experience working with the neurodivergent community as an OT in CAMHS and College based services. She has specific expertise in supporting autistic adults through an occupational lens. Susan has presented on neurodiversity and occupational therapy at the AOTI Mental Health Advisory Group (MHAG), Autistica, ASIAM, and to international groups including OT-U. 
Refreshments Included No
Free Event No
How to Book Complete Expression Of Interest Application
Contact Person Philip Murphy
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Date 28 Jun 2022 09:30 - 28 Jun 2022 13:00
HSCP Autism and Neurodiversity - Member €15.00
HSCP Autism and Neurodiversity €15.00

Interdisciplinary workshop

This half-day workshop will help participants to understand the unique occupational needs of the autistic community. This training will be invaluable to upskill healthcare professionals so that they are equipped to deal effectively with this client cohort.

Date and Time: Tuesday, 28th June 2022 (0930-1300) 

Venue: Online 

Expression of Interest closing date: 24th May at 1700 

Offers to be sent on 24th/25th May 

Payment deadline to secure place: 1st June at 1700 

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About the course:

Autistic people show more depressive symptoms than neurotypical people (Mazzone et al., 2013) and children diagnosed with autism are 28 times more likely to show evidence of suicidal ideation compared to neurotypical children (Mayes et al., 2013). Autistic people (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) are seen in mental health services (Zener, 2019) however, there is increasing evidence that the autistic community struggles to access psychiatric treatment (Adams and Young, 2020; Camm-Crosbie et al., 2018; Crane et al., 2018) and that health professionals’ knowledge on how to support autistic clients may be developing (Maddox et al., 2019).

Typical areas of difficulty for autistic people include transitions, sensory regulation, social participation and navigating the environment. We want to support our clients to explore their occupational identities and build capacity. Sound knowledge of the mental wiring that underlies autism is essential to enable us to best support this population in the mental health setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the “Neurodiversity” umbrella, “different wiring” and co-occurring conditions
  • Learn prevalence of autism in general population and psychiatric population, including underdiagnosis and gendered presentations
  • Increased awareness of how developmental conditions may present in adult mental health settings and how this may influence the clinical process
  • Understand overview of autistic population – strengths, and unique occupational challenges such as transitions from school to work and sensory profiles

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