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Differences not Deficits:
Using a Strengths-Based Approach in Working with Neurodivergent Clients (Recorded)

Whether you have read emerging research on the topic, stumbled across trending videos on Tik Tok, or learned from listening to your clients, chances are that you’ve heard the term neurodiversity. But what is that exactly? This training will explore the current shift from conventional perspectives on neurodevelopmental diagnoses to the neurodiverse-affirming approach which looks at brain differences as naturally occurring and worthy of inclusion and recognition. 

We will primarily focus our discussion on the topic of autism, and we will discuss the research supporting this shift in how we view autism, the language we use, and how to work with and support autistic clients. 

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Differences not Deficits:
Using a Strengths-Based Approach in Working with Neurodivergent Clients (Recorded)

Previously Recorded
$59.99 Christina Scott MEd, LPCC-S, RPT, ASDCS, CIMHP, NCC

Whether you have read emerging research on the topic, stumbled across trending videos on Tik Tok, or learned from listening to your clients, chances are that you’ve heard the term neurodiversity. But what is that exactly? This training will explore the current shift from conventional perspectives on neurodevelopmental diagnoses to the neurodiverse-affirming approach which looks at brain differences as naturally occurring and worthy of inclusion and recognition. 

We will primarily focus our discussion on the topic of autism, and we will discuss the research supporting this shift in how we view autism, the language we use, and how to work with and support autistic clients. 

About the Presenter

Christina Scott (she/her) graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and Human Development. Christina is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor in Ohio. With a history in substance use treatment, community mental health, and university center & school-based therapy, she has been providing telehealth counseling since December 2020, through her private practice, Rising Action Counseling. When she is not providing clinical services, she teaches Continuing Education courses on topics such as Positive Psychology, neurodiversity, trauma-informed care, Play Therapy, sleep disorders and dreamwork, and using media/pop culture in counseling. Christina is a Registered Play Therapist, certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Christina is a Certified Integrative Mental Health Practitioner and obtained certification as an Autism Spectrum Clinical Specialist.  A proud geek therapist, Christina co-authored a chapter in the book, Using Superheroes and Villains in Counseling and Play Therapy: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (edited by Lawrence C. Rubin) and has been featured in Liana Lowenstein’s book, Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children Adolescents and Families VOLUME 4: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques. Serving as the Past-President for the Southeast chapter of Ohio Counseling Association, Christina is passionate about leadership and advocacy work.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

Differences not Deficits:
Using a Strengths-Based Approach in Working with Neurodivergent Clients (Recorded)

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Christina Scott MEd, LPCC-S, RPT, ASDCS, CIMHP, NCC

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to Define neurodiversity and discuss the neurodiversity movement/approach.
  2. Participants will be able to Summarize the research supporting a neurodiversity perspective.
  3. Participants will be able to Discuss strategies for applying a neurodiverse-affirming approach to working with autistic individuals.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

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Whether you have read emerging research on the topic, stumbled across trending videos on Tik Tok, or learned from listening to your clients, chances are that you’ve heard the term neurodiversity. But what is that exactly? This training will explore the current shift from conventional perspectives on neurodevelopmental diagnoses to the neurodiverse-affirming approach which looks at brain differences as naturally occurring and worthy of inclusion and recognition. 

We will primarily focus our discussion on the topic of autism, and we will discuss the research supporting this shift in how we view autism, the language we use, and how to work with and support autistic clients. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to Define neurodiversity and discuss the neurodiversity movement/approach.
  2. Participants will be able to Summarize the research supporting a neurodiversity perspective.
  3. Participants will be able to Discuss strategies for applying a neurodiverse-affirming approach to working with autistic individuals.

Agenda:

8:00 – 8:15am Introduction and Learning Objectives

8:15 – 8:45am Discuss the history of various types of neurodivergence (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.) Focus on history of autism. 

8:45 – 9:15am Provide overview of neurodiversity movement/approach. Discuss research on this approach. 

9:15 – 9:30am Explore how to integrate an intersectional framework in understanding autistic experiences, as they are influenced by social/cultural/personal factors. 

9:30 – 10:00am Examine the relationship between neurodivergence and trauma and discuss potential considerations when working with autistic clients. 

10:00 – 10:30am Elaborate on neurodiverse-affirming language and strategies when working with autistic clients. 

10:30 – 11:00am Review neurodiverse-affirming resources to utilize within clinical practice. 



This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: introductory
Level of Clinician: beginner
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.


  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program. These credits are also accepted by the Maryland Boards for Professional Counselors, Psychology, and Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals, and many other states and disciplines

Refund Policy: Full Refund until 48 hours before scheduled date.
48 hours before: full refund less $5.00 processing fee. After event no refund will be given.
*exclusions apply for reasonable need and cause.