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2.00-2.40 pm

Autism for the non specialist

Dr Susannah Whitwell, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Brief talk synopsis:

Dr Whitwell will review current diagnostic criteria and issues around identification, diagnosis and support for autistic adults and the psychiatrists they work with.

Learning objectives:

  1. Knowledge of current diagnostic framework for autism spectrum disorder
  2. Awareness of how autism presents in a mental health population
  3. Practical knowledge and confidence to identify adults who would benefit from a diagnostic assessment and awareness of the issues to consider around diagnosis in this patient group

2.40-3.20 pm 

Autism: current landscape and implication for adult psychiatry 

Dr Conor Davidson, Consultant Psychiatrist, Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service & Royal College of Psychiatrists Autism Champion

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of current trends in autism referral patterns and demographics
  • Appreciation of link between adult autism and mental health problems
  • Awareness of new policy and training developments in the world of autism

3.20-3.35 pm         

Short break

3.35-4.20 pm         

What is Autistic Phenomenology? Past, present and future implications

Professor Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Manchester and Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre; Honorary Consultant, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; NIHR Senior Investigator

Talk synopsis:

Autism is notable in not having a phenomenology within its current nosology. The recent rise in the neurodiversity movement and autistic advocacy, plus new historical and scientific perspectives, have re-established the salience and need for such an autistic phenomenology. I will review previous roles of phenomenology within the historical evolution of the autism concept. I will describe my own current investigations in this area towards a more systematic autistic phenomenology and the implications this could have for clinical practice and science.

Learning objectives:

  1. History of autism and phenomenology
  2. Modern phenomenological methods
  3. Conceptual shifts for autism within neurodiversity

4.20 pm                   

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