PSYC5523 Practicum: Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Content
This unit provides preparation for working with people who present to clinical services for an assessment of suspected ASD. All students observe at least two diagnostic assessments conducted by an experienced clinician, either in person or via video recordings. Where a suitable placement option is available, students will conduct parts of diagnostic assessments under supervision. Students will then take responsibility for conducting at least one full diagnostic assessment for ASD, as relevant to their discipline. Supervision will be provided either in person, or at a later time, after the supervisor has had the opportunity to observe video-recordings of the assessment. Where a suitable placement option is not available, students will engage in further practical activities, which may include role-plays of clinically relevant scenarios. Students will complete one full, discipline-specific diagnostic assessment for ASD, with supervision provided either in person, or after the supervisor has observed the student's assessments provided via video-recording. All students will develop and demonstrate skills in collaborative report writing. Students who complete this unit should emerge with the requisite skills for working within a multidisciplinary diagnostic team.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate clinical interviewing skills and elicit key behaviours relevant to the DSM-5 criteria for ASD from families; (2) demonstrate the clinical skills reqired to sensitively deliver a diagnosis to families, both when they were and when they were not expecting an ASD diganosis; (3) apply the DSM-5 criteria to idenify features of ASD in the process of clinical asssessments; (4) apply best-practice principlces of ASD assessment to live clinical cases; (5) demonstrate assessment skills in terms of administration, scoring and interpretation of relevant standardised assessments for individuals with suspected ASD; and (6) demonstrate skills in integrating assessment information, contributing to diagnostic formulations and summarising the information in diagnostic reports.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) role-plays; (2) journals; (3) student placement reports; and (4) supervisor placement reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lauren Taylor and Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
Unit rules
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.
Contact hours
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.
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