In February and in March 2018, partners the Portuguese Federation for Autism (FPDA) delivered three face-to-face sessions of the training developed under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme IPA+, for a group of around 20 trainees in the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon.
The IPA+ training includes a basic level for professionals who will work with people on the autism spectrum, and an advanced level for professionals who want to acquire specialist knowledge and skills.
On the one hand, two face-to-face sessions of the basic level were delivered on February 19 and on March 22 by IPA+ trainers Isabel Cottinelli Telmo, Rita Soares, Andreia Afonso and Teresa Morgado. The atmosphere was good, with all the trainees very positive and expectant regarding the future learnings that this course could possibly bring to them. This first session was really important to meet them and explain to them how to use the Moodle platform to follow the online sessions. The second served to clarify the contents of some modules and to solve issues and common need related to the activities’ schedule or the creation of working groups.
On the other hand, another face-to-face session was held on March 26 for trainees of the advanced level, delivered by Isabel Cottinelli Telmo, Andreia Afonso, and Teresa Morgado. Despite the low turnout, the atmosphere was good and motivating. Students aimed at gathering more information related to the intervention with families of autistic people. Once again, the Moodle platform was an important point to approach too.
The training curriculum has a lifelong perspective, following an evidence-centered approach, and the contents are based on scientific advances and outputs. The course combines both face-to-face and online sessions, which stimulate participation, especially for employed professionals. At the end of the course, official certificates will be provided.
In Portugal, the IPA+ basic course started on February 19 and will finish on May 11. Besides, the advanced course started on March 26 and will finish on June 29.