Principles of Best Practice in Autism Assessment and Diagnosis

This micro-credential will provide students with knowledge and understanding of Australian and international best practice approaches to diagnostic assessment for autism.

At the end of the course, students will be able to identify the key professionals involved in autism diagnostic assessments and their respective roles; describe and explain important considerations to be accounted for in autism diagnostic assessments; and understand the importance of the content and style of communication when sharing diagnostic assessment findings.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Start date:
Coming soon (expected February - April 2023)
12 weeks
50 hours (including contact hours, personal study time and assessment)
Academic leads
Dr Lauren Taylor and Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
$660 inc. GST
Critical information summary
PSYCM511 Principles of Best Practice in Autism Assessment and Diagnosis Theory [PDF 246KB]

What you'll learn

Identify and describe the Guiding Principles that inform the recommendations contained in the National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia

Recognise international best-practice principles in diagnostic assessment for autism

Identify the key professionals involved in diagnostic assessments for autism, and the aspects of the evaluation that each professional is eligible to conduct

Describe and explain the important considerations that should be accounted for during a diagnostic assessment for autism

Demonstrate understanding of the importance of the content and style of communication when sharing autism assessment findings, including report writing

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • This course will provide future students who are interested in autism assessment and diagnosis a university (micro) credential in recognition of their learning
  • This micro-credential provides a unique opportunity for a range of professionals to enhance their knowledge of best practice approaches to diagnostic assessment for autism

Who should study this course?

  • Anyone interested in autism diagnosis, including professionals and other stakeholders who come into contact with people suspected of being autistic, and for whom formal assessment might be warranted.
  • This includes allied health professionals, such as practicing psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and social workers, as well as medical professionals (e.g., GPs, paediatricians and psychiatrists) who regularly conduct autism assessments in the course of their practice. Individuals who support children, adolescents and adults across settings (e.g., child health nurses, school counsellors, mental health practitioners, youth workers) may also be interested in this unit.

Recommended prior study

  • It is recommended that students have English competence (ideally Year 12 English level), and some direct experience working with children, adolescents and/or adults in a professional setting (e.g., school, mental health service, youth service).

What's next after this course?

  • Students who enrol in all seven of the micro-credentials relating to autism assesment and diagnosis (PSYCM510, PSYCM511, PSYCM512, PSYCM513, PSYCM514, PSYCM515, and PSYCM516, which comprise PSYC5520 and PSYC5521 units), may be eligible to apply for, and if selected, enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (GCAD).
  • After enrolling in the GCAD and successfully completing all 7 of these micro-credentials, enrolled students will receive credit towards the GCAD, which will equip students with the advanced knowledge and applied skills required to contribute to multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments for autism.

Applications open soon

Expression of Interest for the course are open, get in contact to be notified when applications open.

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