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Autistic spectrum disorders and the criminal justice system
City Law School and IfJ joint CPD Courses
3 Dec 2020
2nd Dec 2020, 9:30am - 1:30pm
3rd Dec 2020, 9:30am - 1:30pm
LocationZoom Online Training
Course facilitator(s): Esther Rumble, Jackie Lund and input from Dr Henry Lucy
Course requirements: IfJ Member
Who is this course for: This course is for professionals encountering and assisting autistic people within the CJS, as complainants, defendants, or co-workers. The course aims to explore the core differences which lead to a diagnosis of autism spectrum condition, and to examine how psychological frameworks around autism can help us improve our practice, using case examples and materials from clinical work and CJS/forensic contexts.
Course dates and times:
2nd and 3rd December, 2020
9.30am - 1.30pm
Registration from 9am
Course aims / objectives:
We hope that by the end of this very practical course, you will be able to use the ‘autism lens’ to inform your assessment, reporting and assistance from investigation to trial, and will have experience using strategies developed by practitioners within the field of autism to support differences in interaction, communication and flexible thinking.
We hope that this evidence-based approach will enable you to feel confident in making recommendations to facilitate autism friendly environment for communication and achieve best evidence.
By the end of this very practical course, you will be able to use the ‘autism lens’ to inform your assessment, reporting and assistance from investigation to trial, and will have experience using strategies developed by practitioners within the field of autism to support differences in interaction, communication and flexible thinking.
- Understand various models for describing autism, including psychological theories such as executive function, as well as diagnostic criteria.
- Understand atypical presentations of autism, for example, in women.
- Learn about difficulties which commonly co-occur, such as anxiety and depression, ADHD.
- Try out practical strategies to support communication and workshop these in relation to assessment, report writing, assisting in court.
- Use the autism lens to problem solve case examples and specific difficulties you may encounter at investigation or trial.
- Understand the unique way language can be used and understood in autism and link this to worked examples- for example, cross examination.