Considerations for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnosis

This micro-credential will provide students with foundational knowledge required for understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This will include covering the basic characteristics of FASD, relevant ethical issues in assessment and diagnosis, and forms of intervention which may be helpful for people with FASD.

Delivery mode
Start date
22 February 2021, 11 May 2021, 13 August 2021
approx. 8 weeks
75 hours
$907.50 inc. GST
Critical information summary
PSYCM502 Considerations for FASD Diagnosis (PDF 99.7KB)

What you'll learn

Gain an understanding of the relevant ethical issues such as potential barriers to and consequences of diagnosis, how to minimise guilt and blame, and how to deliver feedback diagnoses in a sensitive, culturally safe manner.

Increase your understanding of some of the common forms of intervention that are helpful in FASD, and critically evaluate the relevant literature.

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Learn the foundational knowledge required for understanding FASD.
  • Understand the basic characteristics of FASD.
  • Get to know relevant ethical issues in the assessment and diagnosis, and forms of intervention.

Who should study this course

This unit will be of interest and suitable for a range of community members and professionals with an interest in FASD, including:

  • Graduates trained in psychology, speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing and medicine (including paediatrics and psychiatry)
  • Police officers, justice workers, lawyers
  • Teachers, educators, coordinators, child protection workers
  • and family members.

How does it work?

Participants will be supervised online and tested by recall of facts (quizzes and exam).

What's next after this course?

Future study
Students completing both 1) History and basic characteristics of FASD and 2) Considerations for FASD diagnosis may be eligible to complete the Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (cc: 73260), which will provide clinicians with the skills required for conducting assessments for which FASD is a differential.
Career outcomes
Credit towards an award course - Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of FASD (cc: 73260).


Applications are open.

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