ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2) 5-day course

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5 Jun 2017 to 9 Jun 2017

Event Type:

Master Class
Bankside Community Space
18 Great Guildford Street

Do you want a qualification in the diagnosis of Autism? Attend our 5 day ADOS-2 Diagnosing ASD Course


ACAMH is truly committed to delivering best practice relating to children’s mental health – we believe in making correct diagnoses. Our ADOS-2 course has been specially designed to provide a gold standard approach to training professionals in this interactive observation test, that is used as part of making an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis in both clinical and research settings.   

Who should attend?

Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Researchers and Specialist Nurses.  

Learning outcomes

  • The course covers five different modules to cover the breadth of age ranges and ability, from children of 12 months old up to adolescents and adults and also from non-verbal to fully fluent language.
  • Completion of the course and sign-off of the post course work, will give you research reliability and will qualify you to practice clinically.  
  • Once trained in the ADOS-2, candidates attending our course can also participate in the administration or scoring of the original ADOS with colleagues.


What makes ACAMH’s ADOS-2 course different?

  • Best in class: our programme is one of the most rigorous ADOS-2 courses, combining knowledge and practice with compulsory post course assessment work, to guarantee best in class clinical assessment.
  • Specially designed: whilst this is an intensive course, the five days have been planned out at a manageable pace, allowing for repetition and reflection in order to better retain the knowledge learnt.
  • Post course support: ACAMH is committed to its delegates in supporting them to pass the course and become qualified; so provide access to its trainers after the course via email and offer additional attempts and re-submission of the post course work at no extra cost. Feedback on the post-course work is given and suggestions for improvements.  



Our trainers are renowned in their field and have used the ADOS-2 in clinical practice and together have trained others in its use in the UK and around the world. 

Dr Mark Lovell is a dual trained Consultant Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Psychiatrist with a special interest in ASD and works for one of the UK’s largest mental health providers. He is an ADOS-2 trainer and also supervises the training of new ADOS-2 trainers. He is on the board of trustees for the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and has current involvement with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MindEd and Disability Matters). He has been involved with the design of a NICE guidance compliant pathway for ASD diagnosis and has been part of 10 different multiagency/multidisciplinary child and adolescent ASD diagnostic teams since 2003. He has had involvement in the design of the curriculum for CYP IAPT for LD and ASD.  

Dr Fiona Desira is a Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in child and adolescent mental health, ASD and learning disabilities.  With over 10 years experience in the NHS, Fiona is currently working in Dubai as Clinical Director of a Child Development Centre. She has established and led successful ASD diagnostic services. Fiona uses a variety of evidence-based assessment tools to complete comprehensive assessments of ASD based on UK best practice guidelines. Fiona is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Teesside, UK, and Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. She conducts research into Autism and is an ADOS-2 trainer.


This course attracts professionals from around the world and consistently achieves exemplary feedback:

“ADOS-2 training was an excellent opportunity for me to broaden my knowledge of ASD. Our Trainer Mark Lovell was very competent and knowledgeable about the subject and this was key for me to understand how to effectively administer ADOS2 in my practice”.  Alexia Baldacchino, Social Worker, Malta

“It was great. I gained knowledge and skills that I will implement in my workplace. Dr Mark Lovell provided us with the opportunity to put theory into practice through role play. The course was interactive and we had great discussions”. Veronica Montanaro, Speech Pathologist, Malta

Additional Information

The course venue has been handpicked in Central London, with easy access to an array of museums, restaurants and well-known sights of London.

Please note delegate numbers are strictly limited to 32 maximum on a first come first served basis.

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St Saviour's House
39-41 Union Street
London SE1 1SD, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7403 7458
email: events@acamh.org

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