Leaving secure environments: interview with Richard Curen

Richard Curen is Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Respond where he oversees the forensic assessment and treatment services. In this interview Richard discusses the challenges facing autistic people when they leave secure environments, and how approaches such as Circles of Support can help.

Richard kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when he attended the NAS Professional conference in March this year. We asked him a series of questions, you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism?

2. Can you tell us more about your current work?

3. What are the main challenges faced by autistic people coming out of secure hospitals/environments?

4. There are few mental health services specialising in autism.  How can mainstream services support autistic people when they leave secure environments?

5. Can you explain what Circles of Support are, and how they benefit autistic people?

6. What advice would you have for professionals when supporting autistic people from secure settings?

Author: Richard Curen

Date added: 19 July 2016