Course Summary

As of August 2020, there were 400,000 participants of the NDIS in Australia (and growing!) and of those, 56% have a primary diagnosis of autism or intellectual disability.

This 2-day live 'virtual' workshop has been specifically designed for Child & Adolescent psychologists across Australia to help up-skill in conducting high quality, evidence-based Clinical Assessments for Intellectual Disability. The workshop uses Dr Ratcliffe signature style of bringing the latest evidence-based practice to life with real-life clinical and case examples. A range of reflection and interactive activities keep the learner interested and engaged. Live demonstrations and participant skills' practice, combined with a range of templates and resources will leave Psychologists well equipped to conduct high quality Clinical Assessments for Intellectual Disability.
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Feedback from previous participants!

☺Probably the most practical workshop that I have attended, but still grounded in theory, research, and best practice.

☺Loved the video demonstrations with real clients, the breakout rooms with the ability to reflect with others and role/play / practice skills, and the resources e.g., report, interview.

☺Thanks for an awesome two days. learnt so much and look forward to reaching out for some supervision soon!

☺ I loved this workshop. The pacing was great, the content was of such high quality. Belinda is so skilled but very humble

☺Loved the real life examples and Belinda going through them in the appropriate amount of depth. Belinda kept the course on track while also answering participant's real life questions and was able to bring in the (complex) autism/trauma/MH picture as well!

☺I liked so much about this workshop Belinda, the whole thing was so valuable and informative

Course Overview (DAY 1)

Psychologists will increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in Clinical Assessment of Intellectual Disability in a 2-day 'live' virtual workshop.

  • Introduction to Intellectual Disability

  • Ethical Practice in Assessment of Intellectual Disability

  • A Comprehensive Framework for Clinical Assessment of Intellectual Disability

  • How to conduct a Clinical Interview with a Child with Autism and/or Intellectual Disability

  • How to Conduct a Parent Developmental History Interview

Course Overview (DAY 2)

  • Conducting IQ testing in Autism and Intellectual Disability (Challenges and Opportunities)

  • Interpretation of the WISC 5 - The 6 Level Successive Approach to Interpretation (Sattler, 2020)

  • Assessment of Adaptive Function - Interpretation of the ABAS-3

  • Assessment and Screening for co-occurring Mental ill-health in Children with ID

  • Writing the Report - How to bring together your comprehensive assessment

  • How to deliver results in a feedback session for parents/carers

  • Certificate of participation on completion.

  • 14 hours of CPD

Event Details

  • Upcoming Date(s)

    Thursday 20th - Friday 21st June 2024

  • Time

    9-4.30pm (AEST)

  • Breaks?

    Yes of course! - morning tea and afternoon tea (20 minutes each at 10.30am and 3pm) Lunch 12.30-1-30pm

Bonus material!

  • Child & Parent Interview Template (for under 12s)

    Developed by Dr Ratcliffe the newly revised and updated Ratcliffe (2021) Child & Parent Interview Template (for under 12s) provides psychologists with a standardised way of conducting Clinical interviews with Children, Parents and conducting Developmental History Interviews with Parents

  • Sample Report(s)

    Sample Report template(s) provided based on a comprehensive assessment for intellectual disability included

  • Breakout rooms!

    This 2-day live virtual workshop provides lots of opportunities for reflection and skills-based practice in virtual 'break-out rooms' for 'real' interaction and engagement with your peers

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for practicing psychologists

  • Provisional Psychologists (best suited to those who have already covered basic WISC-V administration as this workshop does NOT cover WISC administration - the focus is on interpretation)

  • Psychologists (best suited to early career psychologists OR experienced psychologists those who want to up-skill and/or reflect on their own practice in Clinical Assessment of ID for quality improvement purposes)

  • Clinical Psychology Registrars

  • Psychologists with Endorsement (e.g. Clinical, Ed/Dev etc)

  • School Psychologists


This workshop sold out twice in 2021, and again in 2022/2023! The course is only offered once per year.. please register early to avoid disappointment!

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Lecturer, Author & Clinical Psychologist

Dr Belinda Ratcliffe

Dr. Belinda Ratcliffe, lead author of the award-winning Westmead Feelings Program 1 for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a highly qualified Principal Clinical Psychologist and Researcher with a PhD in Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Belinda has received multiple prizes in recognition of her work. Dr. Ratcliffe is a former Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University, leads a team of Clinicians in South Sydney at 'The Emotions Clinic Australia', dedicated to making a lasting impact in Autism, Intellectual Disability and Mental Health. Dr Ratcliffe provides training, clinical supervision and consultancy across Australia to a range of Health, Disability and Education Government, Non-government and Private agencies, including the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Mater Hospital in Brisbane and NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Clinical Assessment for Intellectual Disability

This 2-day live 'virtual' masterclass aims to up-skill psychologists with the knowledge, skills and confidence to conduct comprehensive clinical assessments for Intellectual Disability in Children and Adolescents!