The Do’s & Don’ts of Therapy with Neurodivergent Clients: A Trauma Informed Somatic Approach

This 3-hour on-demand webinar led by Nyck Walsh, LPC, was originally broadcast live on January 12, 2024.

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*Price shown in CAD. USD equivalent is $111.

Access information, handouts/resources, and continuing education credits information are accessible immediately after successful registration. All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

Are you a practicing therapist looking to increase your effectiveness with Neurodivergent (or potentially Neurodivergent) clients?

Nyck Walsh’s personal and professional journey will provide you with new insights and a framework to use in your practice that is often overlooked in professional training.

Elevate your psychotherapy practice with this specialized training course tailored to therapists dedicated to providing anti-ableist, trauma informed therapy for Neurodivergent individuals, with a specific focus on Autism and ADH (attention deficit hyperactivity). (Nyck will explain why they believe the second “D” in ADHD should be omitted.)

In this course, you will acquire an in-depth understanding of the intricate Autistic and ADH nervous system, mind, and body, acknowledging the uniqueness of each client. You will also learn the value of anti-ableist somatic resourcing, which focuses on sensory delights, invoking pleasure and neutrality, and accessing present moment awareness in order to evoke parasympathetic states.

The “neurodiversity paradigm” will also be explored in this course. The neurodiversity paradigm advocates for acceptance, inclusion, and accommodation of Neurodivergent individuals in society. In essence, it challenges the traditional medical model that pathologizes neurological differences. Instead, it teaches that all neurotypes are equally valid, wise, and necessary.

Plus, you will discover essential topics that are vital to working with Neurodivergent clients, including language to use and to avoid, guiding self-identification within the Autistic community, and recognizing Autistic traits in your clients.

You will also learn to apply a trauma informed lens, thus creating a safer therapeutic environment for Neurodivergent clients that nurtures growth.

  • Critique the pathology paradigm.
  • Explore the neurodiversity paradigm.
  • Describe the importance of self-identification in the Autistic community.
  • List the primary responsibilities of the therapist when working with Neurodivergent clients.
  • Discover the importance of self-identification in the Autistic community.
  • Acquire an understanding of the intricate Autistic and ADH nervous system, mind, and body.
  • Discover the value of anti-ableist somatic resourcing.
  • Examine language to use and to avoid.
  • Learn to apply a trauma-informed lens to your treatment approach.

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

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Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

$139.00Add to cart

  • Nyck Walsh, MA, LPC
1:00-2:30 pm

Overview of the Neurodiversity paradigm and how it differs from the prevailing pathology paradigm.

Language to use and to avoid.

Self-identification within the Autistic community.

2:30-3:00 pm
  • Nyck Walsh, MA, LPC
3:00-4:30 pm

Qualities or attributes that may indicate Neurodivergence.

Autistic culture and communication.

Primary responsibilities of therapist.

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Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices