This intensive one-day Masterclass has been designed to add to the participant’s discipline-specific knowledge and skills in the diagnostic assessment of adults for autism. The training includes which co-occurring conditions to screen for, considerations for differentiating other conditions from autism, use of psychometric assessment, report preparation skills and disclosure of a diagnosis of autism to the adult.
Masterclass Day 1 will add to your discipline-specific knowledge to increase your knowledge about diagnostic assessment whether you confer the diagnosis, contribute to the diagnostic process or are simply interested in how to recognise and understand autism.
NB: Different Guidelines exist within different countries concerning who may provide a diagnostic assessment for the purpose of receiving support and funding. Attending this Masterclass will not train you to become a diagnostician or to be eligible to provide a diagnostic assessment.
The course material is presented using a combination of didactic teaching and case studies. There are several Handouts included to assist clinicians in their practice and to supplement the teaching process.
See the trailer below for more information.
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About the speakers
Prof Tony Attwood PhDWith a career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on Autism Spectrum Disorder. He currently works in his own private practice and is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006, has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1.
Tony has been a sole and joint author for a further 14 subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press. He has also contributed to 38 research papers and 22 book chapters.
Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for three decades. Her peer-reviewed research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health for autistic individuals. She has co-authored seven highly regarded books on autism, six with Prof Tony Attwood. Her most recent book, Autism Working: A Seven-Stage Plan to Thriving at Work lays out a practical plan for autistic adolescents and adults to thrive at work, including how to onboard an autistic employee.
Her 2019 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She co-wrote Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum to provide guidance to parents of young autistic children. She runs a private practice in Brisbane, Australia, and regularly provides training in autism nationally and internationally.
Participants will learn:
- Understand DSM5 definitions of autism and how to gain data to compare against these, including the female and subtle profiles
- Know best practice guidelines for diagnostic assessment of autism
- Know what to assess to inform the diagnostic assessment for an adult who may be autistic
- Recommended screening and diagnostic psychometric tools for autism
- Know the common co-occurring and differential diagnoses associated with autism in adults
- Understand consideration for differentiating autism from other commonly co-occurring conditions.
- To learn tips on the preparation for useful reports reporting the results of the diagnostic assessment
- Gain useful ideas for how to share diagnostic assessment results with the adult
What will I be able to do as a result of taking this course?
The participant will be able to incorporate into their own discipline-specific knowledge about diagnostic assessment specific procedures and activities to collect the data needed to determine the presence or absence of autism with an adult or older adolescent. The participant will be introduced to a range of instruments they can utilise. The course adds to the discipline knowledge and experience the participant brings to the course and is not an accreditation for being able to provide diagnostic assessments for autism.
Module 1 – Prevalence and gender ratio in autism, use of DSM-5 criteria, assessing for co-morbidity and latest research, importance of alexithymia, psychological reactions to being different and screening for depression.
Module 2 – Initial screening and diagnostic tools – review and recommendations. Discussion of camouflage and personality types in autism. Guidelines for the pre-diagnostic interview and the interview process.
Module 3 – How to assess the areas of catatonia, sensory sensitivity and clinical impairment in autism. A live diagnostic assessment with an adult, conducted by Tony. Questions and answers.
Module 4 – Differential and co-morbid diagnoses, including PTSD and complex PTSD, BPD, eating disorders, gender identity, addiction and schizophrenia. How to explain the diagnosis, reactions to the diagnosis and prognosis
“This was a very helpful and practical workshop. I appreciated the excellent resource sharing and the teaching about what a good diagnostic protocol for Adult ASD could look like. Also appreciate the willingness to share some example reports. Great knowledge and would recommend to others.”
“Thank you for a great presentation and validating so many aspects of practice and diagnosis. Good pace and interaction with each other and participants”
What You Will Receive
- The Online Course runs for 5.5 hours
- Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
- Certificate of Completion (upon request)
- You may count 5.5 hours toward your CPD hours
- Access to the content for 60 days from the date of purchase (accessed via the Member Dashboard)
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