Understanding Autism With Narrative Medicine (online course)

Literature, storytelling and the art of seeing differently. Includes clinical update on autism (10h CPD)

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This online course uses arts to to explore and deepen your understanding of autism, as well as providing practical exercises to take back to your workplace.

Over the four week duration of the course, we will be using fiction to explore the worldview of characters with autism, as well as trying out some writing exercises for ourselves. We will also use narrative theory to analyse the books and the ways in which these stories are told every day in healthcare settings and in literature alike.

For those who work clinically, the course begins with an overview of current practice in autism including diagnosis, management and the wider challenges faced by those in the neuroatypical community.

This course is delivered online through a combination of video lectures, reading, writing and discussion. You will find worksheets for the practical exercises, allowing these activities to be recorded for your learning log, and will receive a certificate on completion.

This course includes:

  • 10 hours of CPD-certified learning spread over 4 weeks
  • All required reading materials
  • Platforms for discussion with tutors and peers
  • Weekly creative and critical exercises
  • 2 reflective tasks which can form the basis of clinical quality improvement activities
  • Downloadable worksheets for your portfolio
  • Certificate of completion
  • 7 day money back guarantee


Your Instructor

Dr Lucy Wilkinson
Dr Lucy Wilkinson

Lucy is a General Practitioner and narrative medicine tutor.

She holds an MA in creative writing and was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for her work at Manchester University.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for one year.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is this course for?
Any medical professional, from undergraduate to graceful senior. You do not need any prior experience or knowledge of art, literature or humanities - just enthusiasm and an internet connection.
Why study narrative medicine when I could study renal failure/atrial fibrillation/something more technical?
While specifics are important, our courses are intended to complement your theoretical learning. From these courses, you will learn a different set of skills including active listening, analysis, mindfulness and reflection. Our longer courses also include links to relevant clinical content. This course includes an update section on autism, with a generalist-level overview of diagnosis, management and wider issues.
Can I use this course for CPD?
Yes! We are accredited CPD providers. On completion of this course, you will receive a certificate for 8 hours of CPD.
Why study autism?
Autism and autism spectrum disorders are common and quite poorly understood by many of us. People with autism can often encounter significant barriers to care across the board. In this module, we use literature to not only explore the needs and views of people with autism, but also to appreciate the beauty of this exquisitely different outlook on life.

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