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Training Approach

The National Autism Trainer Programme (NATP) aims to train staff to Trainer level and support them to embed our approach and train staff in their own settings.

Training is delivered to cohorts of up to 18 delegates. Our experience shows that small cohort sizes have a positive effect on delegates’ experiences and learning, increasing the impact of the training. Our Trainers are able to create safe learning spaces and meaningfully engage with all delegates. This enables open, respectful discussions and ensures attendees feel able to share vulnerabilities and challenges from their daily practice.

There are four components to achieving autism Trainer recognition:

  1. During the training, you are required to attend a four-day online training (09:00-17:00) on the same day of the week, over four weeks. The training is co-produced by renowned experts and experienced Trainers from Anna Freud and AT-Autism and delivered by autistic and non-autistic experts in the field. Trainers will facilitate safe spaces for reflective discussions and meaningful engagement via a range of presentations, videos and case studies. You should expect to be actively engaged in each session.

  2. An optional fifth day of online training (09:00–17:00) is made available to you upon completion of the four-day training.

  3. Post-training, you will join a Community of Practice, led by our Community of Practice Lead. Monthly shared learning seminars will offer a safe space for you to meet with other Trainers, share your experiences and develop your training practice to benefit your NHS co-workers. You will also hear from internationally renowned autistic and non-autistic experts, to extend and consolidate your knowledge.

  4. You will be supported to co-deliver the training with autistic experts by experience and embed our approach in your own settings.

“It has been really good training so far, I am actually sad about the training coming to an end. It has been useful to think about stereotypes, adaptations, narratives and frameworks (SPELL). It has also been helpful that these have been mentioned on a few occasions because it means you are consolidating learning as opposed to getting more and more information every day. Practising facilitating slides we have already seen helped as it boosted confidence in our knowledge of the topic.” Training participant

Training roadmap

We have created a useful training roadmap video, explaining the training process and the steps to becoming a NATP Trainer and then training colleagues. You can also view our training roadmap graphic. These tell you all about how the training is delivered, how to connect with Experts by Experience and the ongoing support you will receive from the community of practice.