Creative approaches to autism and neurodiversity

This course explores creative, neuro-affirming approaches to supporting the needs of neurodivergent service users, colleagues, trainees, and supervisees. We will cover what neurodiversity is, what it is not, and how we can tailor our practice to help neurodivergent people thrive.

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Date & Time

Friday 12 – Saturday 13 April 2024

10am - 4pm

Who this event is for

Suitably qualified and trainee professionals

Tickets

Non-members: 拢430

Associate members: 拢290

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Employed: 拢260
Underemployed: 拢240
Unemployed/retired: 拢220

Trainee members: 拢220

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Location

Online via Zoom

Creative approaches to autism and neurodiversity

This course explores creative, neuro-affirming approaches to supporting the needs of neurodivergent service users, colleagues, trainees, and supervisees. We will cover what neurodiversity is, what it is not, and how we can tailor our practice to help neurodivergent people thrive.

What is autism and neurodiversity?

Until recently, autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other 鈥榥eurotypes鈥 were usually understood as disorders needing treatment. The neurodiversity paradigm offers an alternative perspective, where different kinds of minds are simply understood to be a regular part of human variation 鈥 albeit minds (and bodies) that may need additional support to flourish in a world that is better adapted to the needs of neurotypical people.

What you will learn

This course explores:

  • common myths and misunderstandings about autism and other neurotypes
  • fundamental assumptions of the neurodiversity paradigm and the social model of disability, along with implications for practice
  • the language of the neurodiversity paradigm and how to use it confidently
  • creative approaches to help neurodivergent clients and colleagues to flourish
  • ways in which autism and other forms of neurodivergence may show up in mark-making and images created by art therapy service users

Although autism often co-occurs with a learning disability, this course is not specifically focused on supporting people with learning disabilities. Similarly, the course does not cover specific support for people whose neurodivergence is 鈥榓cquired鈥 and stems from issues such as brain injury, substance use, or severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

How you will learn

The course will include:

  • lecture-style inputs introducing relevant theoretical concepts and research findings
  • case examples
  • small group discussions
  • creative reflective activities featuring time for art-making and looking at images
  • time for questions and discussion with the larger group

Tutor

Dr Sarah Haywood

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