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Unit Overview

This unit provides practical training in the assessment of suspected autism in individual who present to clinical services. Students follow one of several possible practicum pathways, each of which varies in the degree of direct client contact. Regardless of the practicum pathway, all students observe at least two diagnostic assessments conducted by an experienced clinician/clinical team, either in person or via video recordings. Where a suitable placement option is available, students will also conduct parts of diagnostic assessments for autism under supervision. Supervision will be provided by the agency either in person, or at a later time, after the supervisor has had the opportunity to observe the assessment either in-person or via a video-recording. Students will then take responsibility for leading at least one full diagnostic assessment for ASD, as would be relevant to their discipline. Where a suitable placement option is not available, students will undertake 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 by the Unit Coordinators or a supervisor located in an external agency. Supervision will be 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.
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
Students are able to (1) demonstrate astute observation and clinical interviewing skills, and elicit key, autism-relevant behaviours during diagnostic assessments; (2) demonstrate the clinical skills required to sensitively deliver a diagnosis to families, both when they were and when they were not expecting an ASD diagnosis; (3) identify the diagnostic features of autism, as described in the DSM-5 criteria, and use these as evidence to indicate whether each diagnostic criterion is 'met' or 'not met' based on the assessment undertaken; (4) apply best-practice principles of autism assessment to live clinical cases; (5) demonstrate assessment skills in terms of administration, scoring and interpretation of relevant standardised and informal assessments for individuals with suspected autism; and (6) demonstrate skills in integrating assessment information, contributing to diagnostic formulations and summarising the information in diagnostic reports.
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
Unit rules
Enrolment in 70230 Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis and Successful completion of two Unit(s) PSYC5520 The Presentation and Diagnostic Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan and Unit(s) PSYC5521 Key Principles in the the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Lifespan Approach
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in One Unit(s) PSYC5522 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition (ADOS-2) Training
Contact hours
This is a practical unit. Students must participate in at least two diagnostic assessments for autism via a clinical placement and demonstrate the clinical skills required for a diagnostician through online practical activities and/or additional placement opportunities.
Additional Prerequisite Notes: Students must complete PSYC5520 and PSYC5521 and be enrolled in PSYC5522 (ADOS-2 training) before starting the PSYC5523 Practicum: The Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD. Placements in external agencies will start after students have completed PSYC5522 (ADOS-2 training), but online practicum activities and observations of video-recorded autism assessments can occur prior to the ADOS-2 training.
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