What is Clinical Psychology
Working with individuals, a clinical psychologist may undertake a clinical assessment using a variety of methods including psychological tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour. Assessment may lead to therapy, advice or consultation.
Working with services and organisations, clinical psychology methods can be applied at various levels. Clinical psychologists may draw on their clinical experience and expert knowledge to offer training or consultancy to services and organisations. They may also work with staff, managers and professionals to support and develop work with individuals.
Why use a clinical psychology service for Autism or Aspergers Syndrome
Clinical psychologists have always worked from a strong evidence base and hold research and development as a key area of competency. They may be actively involved in clinical research alongside their main clinical roles or alternatively have strong links with researchers in their field. More importantly, clinical psychologists are highly skilled in integrating scientific theory with clinical practice and in everyday situations.
Research into autism and Asperger’s syndrome, particularly for adults, is relatively new and currently growing at a pace. With many contributions from highly skilled individuals, who either have an autistic spectrum condition themselves or have close family members with the condition, professionals and researchers, there is a wealth of really interesting information in the public domain.
Clinical psychologists with expertise in Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are able to review this type of information and select what is really most appropriate for your needs. They will also be aware that this may vary at different stages throughout your life. They may share this information with you or simply use it to adapt some helpful strategies or more detailed clinical interventions.
So if you or your relative is in need of highly specialist assessment, advice, information or support, a clinical psychologist will have access to high quality information, which is both current and well researched. A clinical psychologist will also have extensive experience of working directly with individuals and organisations; they will have worked, often intensively with individual needs, which are often complex; they will have learned how to listen carefully and show that they have understood your particular difficulties and possible solutions; they will also know how to help you to focus on your aspirations for the future and ways of achieving them.
If you are a professional or organisation looking for specialist advice, information, training or consultancy, you can be assured that clinical psychologists will have been trained to offer a range of these options in many different contexts.
How We Can Help Now
Information about autistic spectrum conditions is constantly evolving. At PFA we aim to keep in touch with new developments through local and national networks and through our links with autism researchers and people whose lives are affected by autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. This helps us to design and deliver a range of bespoke services, which are current, relevant and drawn from best practice. For more information about any of our services click below: