Social Worker Training

We provide a range of courses to enhance basic social work skills in the assessment of people with a learning disability. Our courses are designed for those with little if any knowledge to those who are more advanced. We have a variety of courses which are as follows:

Introductory course to working with people with a learning disability

Program

  • What is a learning disability?
  • Causes and prevalence of learning disabilities
  • Law relating to people with learning disabilities
  • Values and perceptions of people with a learning disability
  • Personalisation
  • Health Care – Syndromes associated with learning disabilities
  • Learning Disability and mental illness
  • Good practice and communication
  • Case studies

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the values in relation to equality of opportunity for people with learning disabilities (Social Inclusion).
  • To understand the causes of learning disability and numbers of people with learning disabilities.
  • To provide a basic understanding of the law relating to adults with learning disabilities.
  • To understand the healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities, and the associations with mental illness.
  • Syndromes associated with learning disability: Down syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Epilepsy and its relationship with mental illness etc.
  • To enable participants to understand basic communication and assessment skills when working with adults with learning disabilities.
  • Through case studies to develop an understanding by which to utilise other agencies when assessing people with learning disabilities.

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Introduction to Conditions Associated with Learning Disability

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This course is for staff wanting to expand their knowledge and understanding of syndromes associated with learning disability and the impact upon the individual’s daily living.

Program

  • 9.30     What is a learning disability?
  • 10.15   What is a syndrome or condition?
  • 11.00   Break
  • 11.15   Down Syndrome, Autism the facts
  • 12.30   Lunch
  • 1.00     Fragile X
  • 2.30     Break
  • 2.45     Autism
  • 4.00    Close

Learning Outcomes

  • To provide participants will learn about learning disability and understand its association with certain conditions/syndromes
  • To enable participates to under Chromosomal and Autosomal genetics
  • To provide an overview of causes and numbers of each condition/syndrome
  • To explore various associated conditions such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X with learning disability –the impact upon the individual and family
  • Through case studies explore how these conditions affect individuals and the service they receive.

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Introduction to learning disability & mental illness

Who this course is for?
This course is for staff wanting to expand their knowledge and understanding of syndromes associated with learning disability and the impact upon the individual’s daily living.

Program

  • Values and perceptions of people with combined learning disability & mental illness
  • Prevalence, causes and diagnosis of mental illness in people with learning disabilities
  • Syndromes – associated with mental illness (Autism & Asperger Syndrome)
  • Learning Disability & MHA 1983
  • Mental illnesses associated with learning disability
  • Assessment of mental illness in people with a learning disability
  • Good practice to effective assessment
  • Case Studies

Learning Outcomes

  • To understanding the historical perceptions and values associated with the learning disabled (Social Inclusion).
  • To understand the causes and prevalence of mental illness in people with a learning disability.
  • To understand the process of assessment under the MHA 1983
  • To understand the relationship between mental illness and syndromes, such as Down syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
  • To identify the main types of mental illness associated with a learning disability.
  • To enhance communication skills when assessing people with a combined mental health need and learning disability.
  • To enable participants through case study work to enhance their competence in assessing mental health problems in people with learning disabilities.
  • To give an understanding of where to access services for those people with a combined learning disability and mental health problems.

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An Introduction to Learning Disability & Ageing

Program

  • What is a learning disability and ageing?
  • Prevalence and ageing process
  • Social inclusion
  • Physical healthcare – living longer
  • Syndromes, mental illness and living longer
  • Good practice guidelines assessment, communication and ageing
  • Case Studies and good practice

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the values in relation to equality of opportunity for older adults with learning disabilities.
  • To understand what is a learning disability, the causes and numbers of older adults with learning disabilities.
  • To understand the issues relating to physical healthcare and aging.
  • To understand the healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities, the associations with mental illness & living longer.
  • To understand how certain syndromes affect life expectancy of people with a learning disability.
  • To enable participants to understand basic communication and assessment skills when working with older adults with learning disabilities.

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Introduction to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Program

  • History of Deprivation of Liberty
  • Bournewood safeguards
  • What is Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS)
  • DoLS Code of Practice
  • Interface of DoLS & MHA 1983
  • Best Interest Assessments
  • Case Studies
  • Best Practice

Learning Outcomes

  • To enable participants to understand the historic nature of DoLS
  • To understand the impact of De facto detention
  • To enable participants to understand the code of practice & DoLS
  • To enable participants to understand the interface with the MHA 1983
  • To enable participants through practice case studies to understand Best Interests Assessments
  • To enable participants to understand DoLS & good practice

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Assessment of people with a Learning Disability & the Mental Health Act 1983

Program

  • Roles & Responsibilities of AMHP when assessing people with a learning disability
  • Part II & III MHA 1983, Code of Practice and People with a Learning Disability
  • What is “abnormally aggressive behaviour and irresponsible conduct”?
  • Causes, prevalence, and diagnosis of mental illness in people with learning disabilities
  • Learning Disability, health and its association with mental illness
  • Chromosomal disorders associated with learning disability/mental health, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Fragile X, Down syndrome & Prader Willie Syndrome
  • Best practice – developing basic communication skills

Learning Outcomes

To enable participants to develop skills and best practice when assessing people with learning disabilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 & MHA Code of Practice.

To enable participants to identify and understand the how mental illness impacts on the lives of people with learning disabilities.

To enable participants to understand the various types of mental illness and how these are associated with chromosomal disorders and other syndromes.

To understand the impact of epilepsy and its correlation with mental illness and learning disability.

To enable course participants to develop the necessary skills to interview a person with learning disabilities, taking into account issues of communication, degree of learning  disability and /or associated syndrome.

To update participant’s knowledge and understanding on recent changes to Mental Health Law.

To provide course participants with the skills by which to utilise other agencies when assessing people with learning disabilities.

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Introduction to working with adults with Down syndrome - The facts

Program

  • What is Down syndrome?
  • The causes of Down syndrome?
  • How many people have Down syndrome?
  • History of Down syndrome
  • Healthcare & Down syndrome
  • Ageing & Down syndrome
  • Mental Illness & Down syndrome
  • Good practice care

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to identify how to promote social inclusion and equality of opportunity for people with Down syndrome
  • Participants will be able to understand what Down syndrome is and its causes
  • Participants will be able to understand the importance of healthcare and Down syndrome
  • Participants will be able understand the impact of ageing on people with Down syndrome
  • Participants will be able identify good practice guidelines and promoting mental health and good healthcare

 

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Introduction to working with Personality Disorders in families

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This is just an example of some of the courses offered. If the course you require is not listed then please email us your requirements. We can provide testimonials from a number of services about the quality of our courses.

Children & Families Teams

We provide a range of courses specifically for those working with parents or children with mental health needs. These include:

Autism awareness for parents

Introduction to parents with a learning disability – what you need to know
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