PSYC5525 Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit will cover the details of the Australian diagnostic criteria for FASD and how to screen for FASD clinically (more detailed assessment methods are covered in PSYC5526). Students will also develop basic skills in identifying appropriate services and recommendations for clients with FASD.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the Australian diagnostic guidelines for FASD; (2) learn how to assess for prenatal alcohol exposure including interviewing techniques and administration of the AUDIT-C; (3) learn the basic principles of how to assess for neurodevelopmental impairment; (4) learn the basics of how to assess for the sentinel facial features; (5) identify locally available interventions and services for individuals and families affected by FASD; (6) develop skills in case formulation within a multidisciplinary team context; and (7) develop skills in generating appropriate recommendations for individuals diagnosed with FASD.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online activities (quizzes, wiki, blog); (2) participation; and (3) case studies. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell and Kirsten Panton
Unit rules
Enrolment in 73260 Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Contact hours
1 x 2 hour seminar (online collaborate session) per week
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-1G_2019]
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