About the course

This is an accredited four-day training course in the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) framework focused on assessment and diagnosis, for clinically qualified professionals.

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The DISCO framework builds upon the concept of autism being a spectrum and was originally developed by Lorna Wing and Judith Gould as both a clinical and a research instrument. It helps professionals to understand the needs of individuals, both children and adults and to develop formulations and diagnoses.

The course provides updates in the field of autism and some current topical issues. The assessment framework links with DSM5 and ICD 10. In addition to training in the use of the DISCO, this course also offers an introduction to the complexities of autism spectrum disorders and their diagnosis. 

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Who is the course for?

This course is for aimed at clinically qualified professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists and paediatricians with a minimum of three years post qualification, working in a multi-disciplinary team and an excellent knowledge of autism spectrum disorders.

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How is the course delivered?

The course will be presented by Dr Judith Gould, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Dr Sue Sheppard, Specialist Educational Psychologist, with support from the team at The Lorna Wing Centre for Autism.

This intensive four-day course is done in two stages, each stage lasting two days with approximately three months in between. It is essential to attend both stages of the course. Accreditation if achieved by meeting the required quality standards.

When does the course run?

Each day runs from 10am to 5pm.
  Stage 1 Stage 2 
Course 1  25th & 26th April 2018    12th & 13th July 2018 
Course 2  20th & 21st June 2018  
 20th & 21st September 2018
Course 3 
17th & 18th October 2018                    
 24th & 25th January 2019
Course 4 21st & 22nd November 2018   21st & 22nd February 2019

Where does the training take place?

The training takes place at The Lorna Wing Centre for Autism, Bromley, Kent.

We are also happy to offer training in DISCO to professional teams in their locality. Please contact the centre if you'd like to discuss this.

How do I get more information?

Download and complete this form and send it to us at lornawingcentre@nas.org.uk.

For further information, please contact the Centre at lornawingcentre@nas.org.uk or by calling 020 8466 0098.