Clinical & Health Care News April 2014

Huntercombe Group to take part in National Autistic Society’s International Conference on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Posted April 2nd 2014

One of the UK’s independent, specialist healthcare providers, The Huntercombe Group, is supporting the National Autistic Society’s 13th ‘International Conference on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disability’ from 10th - 11th April 2014 and highlighting their clinical expertise in this area.

Held at Northumbria University, Newcastle, the two-day conference will be attended by professionals from services providing care for offenders with a learning disability and/or developmental disabilities, including autism. In addition to Huntercombe sponsoring the event, six of their clinicians, who are highly experienced in forensic mental health, autistic spectrum disorders and learning disability, will be presenting their papers in a number of sessions, which include:

  • Claire Cottrell’s and Vicky Hatton (Assistant Psychologists) ‘Adapting anger management and substance abuse treatment for mild intellectual disability’
  • Dr Fawad Kaiser (Consultant Psychiatrist) ‘Correlating HCR-20 and HoNOS scores in detained forensic learning disabled patients to determine consistency in violence risk prediction’
  • Jo Hebb (Specialist Programme Lead) ‘Using the Good Lives Model to improve autonomy and recovery and reduce risk with a client with mild learning disability and a history of fire setting’
  • Adam Nicholas Pickford (Head of Social Work) ‘“I feel safe here.” Identifying lessons learned and organisational training and procedural requirements, by analysis of the annual report for adult safeguarding referrals for 2013 at a low secure hospital for adults with autism and learning disabilities’
  • Peter T. Ford (Head of Psychology) ‘Planning therapy and assessing change in autism using the Spectrum Star’

The conference will also feature presentations from eminent international speakers on effective models of care and intervention strategies, as well as providing information on legal aspects and criminal justice systems and how they relate to disabilities. Smaller scale discussions will also be held in concurrent sessions, enabling delegates to exchange information on current research, training and policy making taking place in different countries.

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