PSYC5523 ASD Practicum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Off-campus
This unit provides preparation for working with clients in an ASD diagnostic service.The students initially attend an intensive workshop instructing them on the use of formal assessment materials used in ASD assessments. Students then observe several full assessment sessions conducted by an experienced clinician either in person or via video recording. Students will then graduate to conducting parts of assessments under supervision where a placement option is available, or will engage in further online observations and contribute observations and report writing under supervision. Finally, students will take responsibility for conducting at least one full diagnostic assessment for their discipline, with a supervisor to provide feedback either in person or at a later time after viewing recordings of the assessment. Skills in collaborative report writing are developed throughout the placement. Students completing the placement should emerge with the requisite skills for working within a multidisciplinary ASD diagnosis team.
Students are able to (1) complete a valid assessment for ASD in the student's discipline (e.g. psychology or speech pathology); (2) write the discipline-specific component of reports of assessments; (3) effectively communicate and collaborate with other members of a multidisciplinary diagnostic team; and (4) effectively communicate with clients, and deliver the outcome of a diagnostic assessment to an individual and/or their family.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) student logbook and placement reports; (2) active participation; and (3) 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 Professor Murray Maybery
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230). Students must complete PSYC5520, PSYC5521 and the ADOS training course (PSYC5522) before starting PSYC5523 ASD Practicum placement.
Contact hours
This is a practical unit with 2 x 2 hour online collaborate sessions. Students must participate in at least two diagnostic assessments for ASD via placement and demonstrate competencies via online activities or additional placement opportunities.
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