October 20th 2023. Workshop at Onlinevents Conference:
Living & Working with Neurodivergence: Mental Health & Wellbeing

Accessing and utilising therapy can be challenging and re-traumatising for autistic people. Complex trauma impacts on their ability to benefit from help they seek.  Part of the reason for this is that therapists can be inclined to adapt protocol to account for autism as a collection of deficits, and empathising becomes a major challenge.  Therapists need to remain aware that autistic people are vacariously traumatised by the predominant neurotype.  A therapeutic approach to autism and trauma should include up-to-date training and CPD in order to improve access to treatment and outcomes, and therapists must be aware of, and confident in adapting their practice in line with the needs of autistic people.

This workshop will introduce you to the Autism Dialogue Approach®, a holistic-relational framework, design-led by autistic people, which provides both autistic and non-autistic people the skills and confidence to achieve mutual understanding and work towards overcoming common barriers.

ADA is a unique method to interacting and communicating across neurotypes, examining the relational aspects, rather than the technical applications of therapy, reducing possibilities of re-triggering and trauma upon autistic people.

Therapeutic encounters can be greatly enhanced and enriched with the integration of a set of practices based on robust social-cognition sciences and the strengths and uniqueness of autism and interaction processes, rather than guided by deficit and behavioural views. 

In this workshop you will be shown how to experience processes of embodied communication, understand autistic languaging and AAC (augmented and alternative communication), and meet neurodivergent individuals where they are in order to fully support them.

Jonny Drury

Booking for this conference will be open soon at www.onlinevents.co.uk

Also see our August short course for therapists:
Working with Neurodivergent Clients Using the Autism Dialogue Approach®



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