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    Children and Young People Inpatient Mental Health Settings

    This training will equip staff to trainer level and supports them to embed our approach and train staff in their own children and young people inpatient settings. 

    About this training 

     This four-day National Autism Trainer Programme (NATP) training is co-produced and co-delivered by autistic people. You will have access to our unique curriculum, Community of Practice support sessions and specialist training days and we will support you to deliver the training in your setting with an autistic co-trainer. The four-day programme trains staff to trainer level and supports them to train staff in their own settings. 

     Each training course runs over four days and is delivered completely online. Training cohorts have a maximum of 23 delegates to optimise each delegate’s experience and learning. 

    Four-day training courses for those working in children and young people inpatient mental health settings taking place in 2024 can be booked now on a first come first served basis. 

    Aims of the training 

    During this training, you will: 

    • Gain an understanding of autistic mental health and barriers experienced by autistic children and young people, which are typically exacerbated in children and young people inpatient settings. 

    • Learn about potential difficulties faced by autistic children and young people during admission and transitions between settings, and of the risks of institutionalisation for autistic individuals. 

    • Hear of and discuss examples of existing good practice and innovative approaches of working with, rather than on or for, autistic individuals, including how to reduce restrictive practice. 

    To find out more about the children and young people inpatient training, download the summary flyer.  

    Who is this training for?   

    The full training is available for delegates who have not completed the pilot training and is available to all NHS England mental health professionals working in children and young people inpatient mental health settings. No specialist or high-level skills are required to attend this course. It is suitable for staff including, but not limited to:  

    • mental health practitioners/therapists/counsellors 

    • nurses 

    • psychiatrists 

    • social workers 

    • speech and language therapists 

    • occupational therapists 

    If you are not working for NHS England or are not based in the UK, you can find out about other Anna Freud short courses on autism by emailing training@annafreud.org 

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