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Unit Overview


This unit will cover the details of the Australian diagnostic criteria for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the Australian diagnostic guidelines for FASD; (2) examine the methods for assessing prenatal alcohol exposure, including interviewing techniques and administration of the AUDIT-C; (3) evaluate the basic principles of how to assess for neurodevelopmental impairment; (4) examine the basic components for assessing the sentinel facial features; (5) explore different perspectives on FASD assessment and diagnosis; (6) demonstrate skills in case formulation within a multidisciplinary team context; and (7) demonstrate skills in generating appropriate recommendations for individuals diagnosed with FASD.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) journal entries; (2) case study; and (3) quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Grace Tan
Unit rules
Enrolment in
73260 Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) PSYC5524 Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Contact hours
1 x 3 hour seminar (online collaborate session) per week
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