Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Advocate Accredited Course

One-Day PDA Advocate Accredited Course for Professionals

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Course Summary

This accredited one-day course on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is designed for professionals who want to gain a deeper understanding of PDA diagnosis and how schools and settings can best support children and young people. The course covers reasonable adjustments that settings can adopt to ensure young people with PDA can thrive, and is fully interactive, with resources designed to help you write support plans. The course explores the complexity of the condition and its variations, and discusses the most up-to-date research and how it can be used on a day-to-day basis with people displaying PDA features. Professionals often struggle with supporting pupils with PDA due to a lack of understanding about how the condition presents, and how others around the young person behave towards them. This course looks into the 'team around the pupil' and how to cooperate with each other for a more joined-up approach, which is key to success.

What do you get?

This course comes with a Resource Booklet that can be adapted to help support a pupil with PDA or suspected PDA, covering their journey through school, college, and beyond. You can use this pack every time you work with a child with PDA or suspected PDA. The training is accredited, so you can use the certification of this training on your curriculum vitae to demonstrate your specialist knowledge in supporting individuals with PDA.

Resource Booklet

How is this training delivered?

This course is delivered on a regular basis online via Zoom with a specialist teacher, and can also be arranged to be delivered to you and your colleagues in person or online, by contacting us directly.

What's different about this training?

This course has been externally accredited to ensure its quality and has been written by two specialist teachers, Emma Griffiths, ASC Consultant & Director of NW Autism & SEND, and Beth Kitchen, ASC Consultant, with a wealth of experience in working and consulting with children with Autism and PDA features. This course is brand new and gives each delegate a full booklet of ideas and resources to equip every setting with the tools to support pupils who display PDA-type behaviors.

Why is this training needed?

In the UK, we are currently facing the biggest mental health crisis in children we have ever seen, with the highest number of pupils who are out of school and cannot attend. The highest proportion of pupils who cannot attend due to anxiety have autism or autism-related conditions such as PDA. This training is needed to provide professionals with the knowledge and tools to support these vulnerable young people effectively.

Child suffering from PDA holding his ears.

Who can attend?

The course is suitable for mental health leads, teachers/teaching assistants, social workers, personal assistants, foster carers, health workers, and anyone working in a mental health-related occupation.

Can parents attend the training?

Yes, parents can attend, but this training has been specifically written for schools and how they can change and adapt to help support these wonderful young people to have the best chance in life.

How much does the course cost?

  • SPECIAL OFFER: £150 + VAT per individual delegate
    (Limited slots available)
  • Normal Cost: £250 + VAT per individual delegate
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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Advocate Accredited Course

Prearranged courses open to individuals & small groups

Open/public sessions are generally planned once a month

All  days training is 9:00am - 3:00pm online

Bookings Terms & Conditions

  • Normal Allocation: All courses will be filled on a first come first served basis, unless otherwise specified. Once a course is full a reserve list will be kept and any places becoming available will be offered to the reserve list in the order of when NW Autism & SEND Consultancy were notified of interest.
  • Confirmed bookings: No bookings will be accepted without a completed booking form being returned and received by NW Autism & SEND Consultancy and where applicable, with accompanying payment. Bookings will only be confirmed at the point the delegate received written confirmation that they have been allocated a placed on a specified training course.
  • Bookings by an organisation: An organisation booking on training courses on behalf of their employees/volunteers is responsible for ensuring nominated individuals are aware of these terms and conditions and that no places are guaranteed until a booking is confirmed in writing, as per ‘Confirmed bookings’ above.


Cancellation by NW Autism & SEND Consultancy  

  • In the event of NW Autism & SEND Consultancy having to cancel a training course, all delegates will receive confirmation in writing and a full refund.

Cancellation by a delegate of delegate’s organisation

In the event of a delegate or their organisation cancelling a training course the following will apply:

  • All cancellations must be in writing
  • You should try and give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel a booking
  • Cancellation changes are as fellows per person
  • At least 30 days’ notice before the date of the course: 10% of the total cost
  • At least 20 days’ notice before the date of the course: 50% of the total close
  • 19 days’ notice or less before the date of the course: no refund given

(Where a delegate can be substituted for another delegate from the same organisation cancellation charged may not apply).

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