Please note that this course is not running in 2020. We may be running a course for 2021 and will be contacting services later in the year for expessions of interest.

This programme has been developed to deliver the CYP-IAPT National Curriculum for evidence-based psychological therapies for children and young people with autism and/or a learning disability.  The curriculum states that both parents and clinicians agree that these children and young people often do not receive the psychological help they deserve because those trained in delivering evidence-based therapies feel inadequately equipped in adapting such therapies to children and young people with diagnoses of autism and/or learning disability. This programme therefore aims to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children and young people with autism and/or a learning disability, their families/carers, and other professionals supporting them.  

Frequently asked questions


The programme is aimed at both experienced specialist practitioners in this field, and generic workers from the broader CAMHS community working with children and young people with learning disability/autism.  All applicants will have demonstrated a basic level of clinical competence and experience of having worked with this clinical group for at least one year. You will need to be working within a children’s mental health service that is willing to put you forward for this training.

How does the training work?

For this training you will  complete one day of teaching per week, covering a series of lecture-based teaching sessions and skills based workshops across three modules.  These are supplemented by group supervision sessions during Modules 2 (Assessment) and 3 (Interventions) and 1:1 tutorials.

You will also required to complete a series of assessments (both academic and clinical) and it is expected that study time will be provided to support them in this.

What topics will I be studying?

There are three modules in this training.

Module 1 – Core Knowledge and Frameworks

This module aims to ensure that all participants have an equivalent basic knowledge about the core features of Autism, Learning Disability and associated conditions.  It will cover relevant legislation, medical and social models of disability and practice as well as covering the types of reasonable adjustments required in practice to meet the needs of this group.  To accommodate the range of expertise and specialist knowledge of programme participants, this module will have a smaller number of taught days and will make more use of online learning via Padlets.

Module 2  – ASD/LD Assessments

The aims of this module are to enhance the quality of diagnosis and evaluation of children who present to CAMHS with autism and/or learning disability, either for the first time to generic CAMHS or to specialist services at Tiers 3 and 4.  It will cover how comorbid disorders present in terms of mental health and neurodevelopmental concerns, as well as the ways in which environmental, family and physical factors may precipitate or perpetuate difficulties.

Module 3 – ASD/LD Interventions

The aims of this module are to build on Module 2 by providing an introduction to the broad principles of intervention response following assessment and the collaborative organisation of implementation teams, taking into account the long-term nature of ASD/LD and the need for phasing and planning of interventions so they are efficient and cost-effective.  It will cover post-diagnostic support models, sign-posting to specialist services, key-working and case management, as well as adapted interventions for co-occurring conditions and the training, consultation and supervision needed by other professionals and CAMHS staff. 

What clinical work would I complete?

The modules listed above also require 80 hours of supervised clinical practice across a range of assessment and intervention opportunities. Live observations of  practice using video recorded material is expected and formally assessed video recordings and clinical portfolios will be completed.

How is the course assessed?

There will be a range of assessments making up the course, including padlet exercises, essays, recordings of assessments/interventions, case reports and presentations and a final clinical portfolio.

How do I apply?

You will need to be working in a participating children’s mental health service which is eligible to put trainees forward for this course. Please note for 2020 we are not running a cohort, but we may be taking students in future years.

Where can I find out more?

If you are interested in the course and would like to know more, please email