The aim of Spectrum’s in-house clinical psychologist is to understand, prevent and relieve distress and so promote well-being and personal development.

The clinical psychologist works alongside service users and their support teams by using individual, non-aversive psychological interventions derived from evidence-based assessments and methods. We work together with the registered managers of each home to ensure that our overall approach is person-centred and autism specific.

By having direct access to a chartered clinical psychologist who specialises in autism and who involves the individuals and families concerned, we can greatly reduce the duration and severity of a service user’s psychological distress.

The psychologist works closely with the behavioural support team and the training department to make sure a consistent, robust approach is applied to any behaviours of concern.