The Atlass programme is an internationally recognised programme which focuses on applying principles of stress management and wellbeing to supporting people with autism and other vulnerable people in care. We are pleased to announce that subject to final approval our programmes in Stress and wellbeing have received accreditation from Birmingham City University.
This accreditation means that candidates will be able to apply for two Levels of accreditation leading to a University Award. This award is linked to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) published by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). This means that candidates who receive this award receive credits under what is known as the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
The Atlass programme was developed in response to the growing awareness of the role that stress plays in the onset and maintenance of challenging behaviour or difficult episodes, and the impact it has on people’s lives. By acknowledging developmental difference the Atlass programme teaches practitioners to examine stress and coping in themselves, the people they support and their carers. To that end the Atlass approach teaches participants how to develop and implement Stress Reduction Plans for individuals taking account of the transaction between the person, their relationships and their environment.
Numerous studies have identified that carer stress plays a significant role in episodes of challenging behaviour and can mediate within a stressful encounter. Research has noted the impact that stress has in staff working for services with people with autism, and other challenging behaviours, and can have a significant impact on how that staff group interpret and respond to challenging behaviour, which ultimately affects the development, implementation and monitoring of both care and education plans.