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    April 2020 Café

    Working with Autistic Clients:
    A Neurodiversity Paradigm

    April 10, 2020
    9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Presented by:

    Finn V. Gratton, LMFT, LPCC 

    1.5 CE Credits

    You may have autistic clients in your practice and you, and perhaps even they, don't know it. Many adults were never diagnosed as children and did not recognize that the sensory, cognitive processing and relational differences they experienced were different from what neurotypical people experience. Many children and teens also don't know that the issues they are experiencing stem from autism. While some may identify as autistic, Asperger's, or "on the spectrum," others come for help with anxiety, depression, living with a disabling illness, or issues related to gender, sexual orientation and relationships. We can provide better support if we are able to recognize neurotypical biases and adjust the therapeutic environment to better meet the experience of autistic and other neurodivergent people.

    In this workshop, participants will learn to:

    • Describe the neurodiversity paradigm and how it differs from a pathology paradigm for autism
    • Identify five indicators that a client might be autistic and five indicators that a client might be neurotypical
    • Describe three ways that trauma intersects with the autistic experience
    • Identify four ways to make therapy practices more supportive of autistic people.

    About the Presenter:

    Finn V. Gratton, LMFT, LPCC is a somatic psychotherapist who works at the intersections of trauma, neurodiversity, and sexual and gender minorities. She is the author of Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families.

    Morning schedule:

    Doors Open at 9:00 am for sign-in. Coffee and Refreshments served.
    Presentation 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    Optional Networking 11:30 am to 11:45 am

    Continuing Education: Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course completion certificates will be available to attendees at the end of the presentation.

    The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider #62284)

    Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

    Special Accommodations: The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at president@santacruztherapist.org. Requests must be made one week in advance.

    Grievances may be filed with the SC-CAMFT at president@santacruztherapist.org.

    For any questions please contact the president@santacruztherapist.org.

Past events

03/13/2020 March 2020 Café: In-person session CANCELLED : On-line session
02/14/2020 February 2020- Café: Addressing Sexual Desire Discrepancies in Couples Therapy
10/11/2019 October Café: EFT Basics — Navigating Pitfalls in Couple Relationships
09/13/2019 September Café: Finding Right Relationship with Clients: An Introduction to InnerEthicsTM
08/03/2019 2019 Law & Ethics Workshop
06/14/2019 June Café: The Neurobiology and Physiology of Attachment Wounds and Trauma: Theory, Science and Tools
05/10/2019 May Café: Nonviolent Communication in Therapy
04/12/2019 April Café: Experiential Action Methods and Tools for Healing Grief and Trauma
03/08/2019 March Café: State of the Profession
02/02/2019 February SPECIAL Event: The Changing World of Insurance: What EVERY Therapist Should Know
01/11/2019 January Café: The Role of Nutrition in the Treatment of Mental Health Challenges
10/12/2018 October Café: Universal Addictions and Interventions
09/14/2018 September Café: How to Make Good Therapy Even Better - An Overview of the TEAM-CBT Approach
07/13/2018 July Café: Ignite Creativity, Wonder, and Well-Being
06/08/2018 June Café: The Dynamics of the Divorcing Couple
05/11/2018 May Café: More Than a Couple: Working with Clients Who are Non-Monogamous
04/13/2018 April Café: Group Dynamics & Group Psychotherapy: Beyond That One Class You Had In Graduate School
03/09/2018 March Café: Love Relationships in the 21st Century
02/10/2018 Law & Ethics Training: The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes!
01/12/2018 January Café: Let's talk about the Business and Marketing of a Private Practice
11/10/2017 November Café: Inviting the Body into the Treatment of Eating Disorders
10/13/2017 October Café: Can Empathy Change Negative Thinking? by Rick Longinotti, MFT
09/08/2017 September Café: Brainspotting – A Brain Based Trauma Therapy

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