NAS Masterclass - Cybercrime and autism - unpicking the web of intrigue, Birmingham, Tuesday 14th June 2016

Organised by The National Autistic Society (NAS) – an NAS Masterclass is a short training session that is focused on a specialist topic, delivered for practitioners within the autism field. The facilitator is someone who has developed expertise in the topic, demonstrated by their research output and/or practice.

Cybercrime and autism – unpicking the web of intrigue
with Dr Juli Crocombe & Dr Lorraine Higham

Dr Juli Crocombe is Clinical Director for ASD Pathway at St Andrew’s Healthcare. As a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Juli has extensive knowledge and experience of autism and has worked intensively with people on the autism spectrum who present with complex mental health needs and/or offending behaviour. She has experience of working within specialist community services, specialist inpatient assessment and treatment units and secure inpatient services.

Juli has a special interest in Cybercrime and has extensive knowledge and experience of internet related offending by people with autism including:
• Acting as an expert witness in a number of high profile cybercrime cases involving defendants with autism, including the case of Gary McKinnon.
• Acting as the Responsible Clinician for people with autism who have committed internet related offences.
• Currently studying for an MSc in Cybercrime Investigation with the University of Central Lancashire.

This Masterclass will be co-facilitated by Dr Lorraine Higham, Principal Clinical Psychologist at St Andrew’s Healthcare. Working on a low secure ward for males with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Lorraine’s interests lie in the role of the internet in offending with ASD individuals, the transition from fantasy to reality in offending and the role of Behavioural Family Therapy for individuals with ASD and their families.

The Masterclass will include both taught and interactive sessions to explore;

  • What do we mean by ‘Cybercrime’?
  • How does Cybercrime differ from traditional crime?
  • Why might a person with autism be more prone to committing cybercrime than traditional crime?
  • What do we actually know about the links between cybercrime and autism?
  • The challenges?
  • Potential solutions?
    Case studies will be used throughout to illustrate the themes covered and to aid learning.

14th June 2016, 9.30 – 12.30pm
Birmingham City Football Club, Cattell Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B9 4RL
£120 + VAT

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