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.

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. 

Who is the course for?

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

This training is not suitable for those working in teaching, research or individual counselling/therapy roles.

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Due to the impact of the Covid pandemic we have unfortunately had to temporarily suspend DISCO training courses.  However we are now actively planning to run some virtual DISCO training on a temporary basis until we can revert back to the face to face training experience. We anticipate the first part of the virtual course being run in October 2020.

If you are interested in DISCO training, either virtually or face to face,  we would recommend you apply on the website and complete the entry criteria form which we will review in  order to assess your suitability for our training.  If you are approved you will be prompted to book once we have confirmed our interim arrangements and we will contact you to see how you wish to proceed.  We will be confirming dates for the online training experience within the next few weeks. 

We are not yet able to provide dates for the next  face to face training due to the ongoing uncertainty of Covid 19 and restrictions.

Anybody who has already been approved or booked for DISCO training will be prioritised for the next training courses.


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 3
Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October 2020
Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February 2021
Course 4 Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 December 2020 Thursday 11 and Friday 12 March 2021

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?

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