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🎧 Friday CE Series: Neurodiversity 101

  • Fri, September 10, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Members of SFCAMFT, RECAMFT, and East Bay CAMFT chapters are invited to participate in our session for free!

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This event has passed, but the audio recording is available for Marin CAMFT members in our Podcast Audio Library!
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Neurodiversity 101 provides an introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm —unwinding neurotypical-centric interpretations of neurodivergent experience and behavior, and replacing them with functional understanding of the sensory, cognitive, and societal trauma experiences and responses of neurodivergent people, with a focus on autistic and ADHD experiences.

We will look at common experiences of autistic and ADHD youth and adults, including sensory sensitivities and differences in executive functioning/cognitive processing. We will explore communication and relationship challenges between neurodivergent and neurotypical people, and discuss the physical and mental health conditions commonly experienced at higher levels by neurodivergent people. In all cases, consideration of intersections with race, class and gender will be highlighted. Finally, strategies for neurodiversity affirming care will be introduced. 


Participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe three ways neurotypical-centric thinking or pathology paradigm affects work with autistic and other neurodivergent clients.
  2. Describe how neurodivergent experience affects physical and mental health.
  3. Identify how intersectional experiences of racism, classism, and sexism affect neurodivergent experience.
  4. Create a plan for changing their workplace environment and clinical communication to be more conducive to effective therapy with autistic people.

    Presenters:Finn V. Gratton, LMFT, LPCC

    Finn V. Gratton, LMFT, LPCC is a somatic psychotherapist and consultant working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Finn’s work is focused on the intersections of trauma, neurodiversity, and sexual and gender minorities. They are the author of Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families. Finn identifies as autistic and non-binary.

    Celina Cárdenas, AMFTCelina Cárdenas, AMFT is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist practicing somatic psychotherapy in the Monterey Bay Area. Celina has extensive experience working from a trauma-informed, neurodiversity-affirming orientation with clients across class, race, and gender definitions. Celina’s practice centers on attachment focused approaches. Celina identifies as neurodivergent.

    The Zoom link and password are provided in the registration confirmation email after sign-up is completed.

    Attendance at the live event and completion of the evaluation qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education (2 CEUs).

    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be audio recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice. This recording will be posted on the Marin CAMFT website's events library, and available to members for review and downloading.

      Date: Friday, September 10
      Time: 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific
      Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal members, $20 for non-members.
      Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

      We request that attendees keep camera-on if they are comfortable to do so during the presentation, and especially during the Q&A (if you want to ask a question, please turn you camera on first).

      Additional Information

      For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series or about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director Pat Saunders.

        • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The number of CEUs awarded is specified in the event description. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full live session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Pat SaundersCE Director, for more information.

        • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be available to those who attend the real-time presentation, and are provided at the conclusion of the training and upon submission of the participant's completed evaluation. 

        • Refund Policy: Our refund policy requires a $20 processing fee, therefore refunds are not available for this program, as the maximum purchase price is $20. Please email the CE Director with any questions.

        • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the CE Director.

        • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.

        • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

        CEUs are available for live attendance only. You must complete the evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate. 

        Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

        PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

        (415) 459 3484

        Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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