Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

This course provides graduates trained in psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, paediatrics or psychiatry with the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Two coursework units provide in-depth knowledge of ASD concerning characteristics across the lifespan, common comorbidities, current theoretical accounts and issues, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis, assessment tools and multidisciplinary team assessment. One practical unit provides training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and another provides graded practical experiences leading up to the trainee conducting a discipline-specific component of a diagnostic assessment.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis
Award abbreviation
GradCertAutDiag
Course code
70230
Course type
postgraduate certificate
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Psychological Science

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
3 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
No
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Lauren Taylor and Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students must complete the ADOS training course and workshop (in PSYC5522) before starting PSYC5523 ASD Practicum placement

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSPSYC5520The Presentation and Diagnostic Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230) or provisional or full registration as a psychologist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, paediatrician or psychiatrist, and with the approval of the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Online delivery which includes: 5 online modules; 4 x 2-hour online lectures; 1 whole-day workshop.
NSPSYC5521Key Principles in the the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Lifespan Approach
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230) or provisional or full registration as a psychologist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, paediatrician or psychiatrist, and with the approval of the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Online delivery, which includes: 3 online modules; 5 online lectures; and 1 whole-day workshop.
NSPSYC5522Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition (ADOS-2) Training
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230). PSYC5520 The Presentation and Diagnostic Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan
Co-requisites:
PSYC5521 Key Principles in the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Lifespan Approach
Incompatibility:
Nil
pre-workshop reading and observations of pre-recorded ADOS-2 videos; 4-day workshop; post-workshop assignment
NSPSYC5523Practicum: Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230). Students must complete PSYC5520 and PSYC5521, and be enrolled in the ADOS-2 training course (PSYC5522) before starting PSYC5523 Practicum: The Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD. Placements in external agencies will not start before students complete ADOS-2 training, but online practicum activities and observations can occur prior to the the ADOS-2 training.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
This is a practical unit. Students must participate in at least two diagnostic assessments for ASD via placement and demonstrate competencies via online practical activities and/or additional placement opportunities.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree in speech pathology, occupational therapy, medicine, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(iii) eligibility for registration as a provisional or full psychologist with AHPRA;

and

(b) evidence of having at least three months of full-time equivalent experience working directly with children or adolescents, as recognised by UWA;

and

(c) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;

and

(d) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA;

and

(e) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA.

(2) Invitation to attend an interview will be based on assessment of (1) (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e), in alignment with the interview quota for the year.

(3) Eligible applicants who are interviewed will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable by the selection panel.

(4) Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants under (1) and (3) who fall within the intake quota for that year.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.