ADOS-2 Training


4th December 2017

Event type Training Day


The highly respected ACAMH ADOS-2 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.

It encapsulates ACAMH’s commitment to delivering quality best practice relating to children’s mental health. Quality in terms of the trainers, the sessions, and the experience for the delegate.

Learning Outcomes

  • The course includes 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 nonverbal 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.
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Who should attend?

Those with an interest in Autism including; Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Researchers and Specialist Nurses, Teachers, Specialist Teachers and CAMHS professionals.

Dr Mark Lovell, ACAMH’s ADOS-2 Lead Trainer, explains about the course:

“ACAMH’s ADOS-2 course is different to others in that it’s a gold standard which we are unwilling to compromise upon. The five-day course, similar to other providers, includes compulsory post-course submissions for research validity. However, the difference for ACAMH is that to be able to use it within clinical practice, we also require homework for that as well. Delegates are allowed multiple attempts, with feedback for future improvements. Delegates undertaking the course have an option for continued access to the trainers over their career to allow for long-term advice around ADOS and its administrations scoring.”

Dr Fiona Desira, Senior ACAMH ADOS-2 Trainer elaborate:

“It’s a structured, observational assessment, and is the gold standard recommended internationally within the NICE guidelines. It’s recently updated, so it maps directly to DSM-5 and to ICD-10. The skills that you would learn on an ACAMH ADOS- 2 course will help with all structured observations for Autism Spectrum Disorder based symptomatology.”

About the trainers

Dr Mark Lovell

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

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 the Child Early Intervention Medical Center.

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.