A neurodiversity-affirming approach to working with Autistic adults in your practice or clinic, delivered by Autistic professionals to professionals who work with Autistic adults.
This course is designed to equip helping professionals with the knowledge and skills to recognise Neuordivergent traits, to adapt and to work in a supportive manner with their Autistic clients. It offers participants practical skills-based training with a strong theoretical overview. All facilitators are Autistic themselves.
The program will be delivered online over zoom.
Places Strictly Limited to 25 Participants so early booking is advised.
IACP CPD recognised and awarded 60 CPD points
Here are a few questions to help you to discover if this course is for you:
Have you started to become aware of the high prevalence of Autistic adults emerging within your client/patient group?
Would you recognise if your client was Autistic or is your outdated concept of autism getting in the way of this?
How well are you acquainted with the paradigm shift away from the medical model and into Neurodiversity?
How familiar are you with the current issues facing Autistic people?
How confident are you about adapting your workspace, communication style & therapeutic approach to facilitate your Neurodivergent clients?
Are you aware of the high prevalence of mental health problems amongst Autistic people?
Course length: 10 days over 6 months (October 2023-March 2024)
Sat 14th Oct | Sat 21st Oct | Sun 5th Nov | Sat 11th Nov | Sat 2nd Dec | Sun 14th Jan | Sat 10th Feb | Sat 24th Feb | Sun 3rd March | Sat 9th March
Day 1 (Saturday): Introductions, current knowledge, neurodiversity paradigm, Autistic communication, double empathy, Autistic communication in therapy
Day 2 (Saturday): Understanding the Autistic experience – what it is to be Autistic, sensory, stimming, history of autism, autism industry
Day 3 (Sunday): What “being autistic” is not – trauma, responses to trauma, masking,
Day 4 (Saturday): Specific therapy issues – making your practise accessible, anxiety, depression, suicidality, complex PTSD and developmental trauma
Day 5 (Saturday): Further specific therapeutic issues – assessment, diagnosis/discovery, special interests, OCD, addictions, eating disorders
Day 6 (Sunday): Intersectionality – ADHD, other Neurodivergent intersections, LGBTQIA
Day 7 (Saturday): Therapeutic approaches – person-centred therapy, other therapeutic approaches + demo and practice sessions
Day 8 (Saturday): Further therapeutic approaches – cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, etc + practice sessions
Day 9 (Sunday): Supervision, practice considerations, further CPD, networking, directory, marketing your business etc
Day 10 (Saturday): Presentations of individual learning summaryOctober
There is currently a massive increase in adults either realising they are Autistic or being diagnosed as Autistic.
Growing-up not knowing we are Autistic can take its toll on our mental health and overall wellbeing. Finding out we are Autistic brings a healing in itself.
But it can also open old wounds and mean that we need significant support in building self esteem, dealing with anxiety, trauma and a host of mental health and identity issues.
Finding a Neurodiversity-affirming therapist can make all the difference to an Autistic adult and their recovery.
There is a shortage of helping professionals who use Neurodiversity-affirming approaches towards late-identified Autistics and also Autistics identified in childhood but who have now reached adulthood.
This course has two main goals:
To train and up-skill helping professionals to meet the needs of their Neurodivergent clients
To develop a directory of helping professionals who we can recommend. We are inundated with requests for adult support and we have nowhere to direct them to that does not have an intensive waiting list.
The aim of our program is quite simple- to train and create a network of helping professionals who can meet the diverse needs of the Autistic adult clients.
Participants who complete this 10 day course will gain skills and strategies to understand and meet the needs of their Autistic clients.
Learn how to adapt your approach and practise for your Neurodivergent clients.
Learn how to identify Autistic people beyond the narrow confines of the medical model.
Develop a growth mindset and solutions for creating a Neurodiversity- affirming practise.
Become competent in supporting their clients to unmask and to heal.
Learn to collaboratively identify relevant & realistic therapy goals
Become familiar with further learning resources related to working with adult Autistic clients
The course is open to qualified practitioners in any of the helping professions listed above, or similar. Applicants must have relevant professional insurance and professional supervision.
10 Day Programme Commencing Saturday 14th October 2023.
Class time will run from 10am – 5.00pm each day thereafter.
This Programme will be facilitated online via Zoom.
Presentation of Individual Learning Summary based on Reflective Learning Journal
Programme Fee & Payment Schedule
Full Fee: €1,250
€650 Deposit on registration | €600 by 15th August, 2023
*Please contact us for payment plan options