Level 3 Certificate Neurodiversity & Inclusion (Train-the-Trainer)

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This CPD Accredited Level 3 Diploma course has been designed with in-depth consultation with families and individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. It is cutting edge and based on best practice guidelines and can be delivered within either a taught or distance learning environment (DL).

PPG partners with many organisations on autism research, and has launched its own Autism Centre. The centre has an open collaboration and co-production ethos, and welcomes discussion and partnership with other Organisations and Individuals.

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Unit 1: Understanding Autism

  • How autism has come to be defined and diagnosed
  • An exploration of common difficulties often faced by people with autism
  • An exploration of strengths and unique attributes of people with autism
  • Exploring common stereotypes about people on the autism spectrum
  • Creating positive and enabling work environments for people on the autism spectrum.

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Unit 2: Autism & Communication

  • Psychology of language development and positive communications
  • An exploration of variations in use of language and communication in autism
  • Exploring factors that can facilitate (successful) communication at work
  • Responding to the natural communication preferences of people on the autism spectrum at work.

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Unit 3: Autism & Sensory Experience

  • Psychology of information processing and how to identify your own preferences
  • Understanding differences in how people on the autism spectrum experience and process information
  • Identifying the impact of sensory differences on every day life for people on the autism spectrum
  • Recognising and responding to sensory needs of people on the autism spectrum at work.

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Unit 4: Autism & Anxiety / Stress

  • Exploring the impact of stress for those on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Understanding how stress, anxiety, and wellbeing are experienced by autistic people
  • Identifying mechanisms to reduce the impact of the stress and anxiety experienced by autistic people
  • Collaborative design of coping strategies – working with Autistic people.

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Unit 5: Support Strategies

  • Exploring family and organisational dynamics, and impact on the families, teams and organisations where there are members on the autism spectrum
  • Identifying support needs and strategies required by people on the autism spectrum
  • How to plan and respond to the changing support needs of families that include members on the autism spectrum as a long term – lifelong process.

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Unit 6: Positive Psychology

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology Fundamentals (Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Wellbeing, Positive Emotions, Motivation)
  • Positive Psychology for Autistic Individuals
  • Positive Psychology for Parents/Family, Carers, Managers & Practitioners

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Unit 7: Training & Assessment

  • Training methods and techniques (e.g. differentiation, curriculum development, participant motivation, assessment process, quality assurance, safe learning environments)
  • Critical reflection and evaluation of practice
  • Assessment of knowledge and training skills (peer feedback, observed training, online quizzes, and critical report covering several areas, e.g. discussion of inclusive policies at work for neurodiverse individuals, laws that impact neurodiversity at work, and reflective practice).

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Completion Time

Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma within 3-6 months.

If you are working towards a 3-month timeline, you will meet with your tutor on a weekly basis. If you are working towards a 6-month timeline, you will meet with your tutor on a bi-weekly basis. Your tutor calls will address learning points for units 1-5. You will then schedule attendance of group sessions for units 6 and 7.

If you need to pause your studies for personal or professional reasons, it is possible to so. For example, you may be going through a busy period at work or your family may need to come first for a while. Should this happen, your revised timeline for studies may be discussed with your tutor.

The maximum period for completing your diploma is 1 year from the date of enrolment. Should you wish to continue after this period, a formal request will need to be submitted and an extension fee may apply.

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Course Delivery

Due to Covid restrictions, the course is currently delivered online. When Covid restrictions lift, in-person training will be available at our HQ in Doncaster (DN4 8QP).

The online delivery takes place in 3 phases:

  1. Online studies with full tutor support for units 1-5
  2. Online group tutor sessions (x3) for units 6 and 7
  3. Formative and summative assessments throughout

The course is available on request and our training team will work with you to develop your timeline.

An estimated completion time for Phase 1 (units 1-5) is 5 weeks (weekly pace for each unit) or 10 weeks (fortnightly pace for each unit).

The estimated completion time for Phase 2 is 3 weeks (3 x 3-hour webinars delivered weekly). Phase 3 ties together the assessment process that begins in Phase 1 and runs throughout the course.

Additional time may be needed to complete your certification assignment.

Training is delivered by a neurodiverse team, including high functioning autistic individuals who lead and manage our Autism Centre and non-autistic colleagues.

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Course Qualification

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Level 3 Certificate in Neurodiversity & Inclusion (Train-the-Trainer). You will be qualified to deliver neurodiversity and inclusion training in professional settings and may refer to yourself as a Neurodiversity & Inclusion Trainer.

This course will also qualify you as an Associate Positive Psychology Practitioner (Neurodiversity & Inclusion).

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Course Costs

The course cost for individuals is £1450 payable in full at the start of the course or through a zero interest personal payment plan with a deposit of £450 and subsequent monthly installments (Option 1: 10 x £100 or Option 2: 5 x £200).

The course cost for companies and organisations is £1450 for one participant, payable in full at the start of the course. Group training is available at a further cost of £250 per participant (up to 15 participants). In other words, your company will pay £1450 for the first participant and £250 per extra participant.

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Joint Certification

Would you like to qualify as a Level 3 Neurodiversity & Inclusion Trainer (£1450) and a Level 5 Autism Awareness Practitioner (£1650)?

If you do, we offer a joint certification route for a combined payment of £2450.

You will begin your studies with the Level 3 Certificate in Neurodiversity & Inclusion (Train the Trainer). On completion of this, you will qualify as a Neurodiversity & Inclusion Trainer and may start (or continue) your professional practice in this domain. This part of your studies should take 3-6 months.

You will then continue onto an accelerated version of the Level 5 Diploma in Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners. On competition of this, you will qualify as an Autism Awareness Practitioner and may start (or continue) your practice in this domain. This part of your studies should take 6-12 months.

This joint certification will equip you with the practical knowledge base and skills needed to run Neurodiversity & Inclusion training events in the workplace while also deepening your knowledge base of Autism Awareness in theory, policy, and practice.

It is ideal for those who are passionate about the Autism Awareness & Acceptance field for personal and/or professional reasons. Both certifications are run by a neurodiverse team in partnership with our Autism Centre, which trains organisations to become neurodiverse, inclusive, and confident employers.

This route also offers further development at Level 7 should you wish to engage in an independent research project on Autism Awareness & Acceptance and/or Neurodiversity & Inclusion at Work.

It also includes training in Positive Psychology and a pathway to qualifying as an Associate Positive Psychology Practitioner.

Personal payment plan options are available (deposit = £850, monthly instalments = 16 x £100 or 8 x £200).

This joint certification route is also available on request through corporate training.

For further information, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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Next Steps

Individual learners may enrol in this course at various points throughout the year including:

  • 30th June 2022
  • 28th July 2022
  • 29th September 2022*
  • 27th October 2022
  • 24th November 2022
  • 26th January 2023*

You will receive access to your course material on the enrolment date. Your tutor calls for units 1-5 will be booked on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on your learning pace. The 3 webinars for units 6 and 7 are delivered by our course lecturer and are scheduled in group format where possible, after completion of units 1-5.

*Please note that the September, January, and May intakes offer a group learning cycle. You will attend 8 x weekly sessions (2 hours each) before completing your assignments with 1:1 tutor support. This option is for those who enjoy learning in a group. If you do not enjoy group learning and/or cannot commit to set dates and times for sessions, you may request a 1:1 learning option during these intakes.

Application deadlines are 2 weeks prior to the enrolment date.

  • Course fee (or deposit) payments must be completed 1 week prior to enrolment.
  • Spaces are limited so we recommend applying early to secure your place.
  • Enrolment dates may be subject to change.

Organisations wishing to book this course as a corporate training event may do so. In this case, all units are delivered online as group workshops.

If you require further information, or to request a course application form, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

You may also download an application form here: PPG Autism & ND Course Application Form

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This course is delivered by the Positive Psychology Academy in partnership with our Positive Psychology Autism Centre. For further information on the Autism Centre, please visit its website here.

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