April 2021 Café — Supporting Autistic Clients from a Neurodiversity Paradigm

  • 04/09/2021
  • 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Online Via Zoom — Room will be shared upon registration


  • Santa Cruz CAMFT Members (w/CEU Certificate Included)
  • Non-Members (w/CEU Certificate Included)
  • Non-Members (without CEU Certificate)

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Santa Cruz Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Supporting Autistic Clients from a Neurodiversity Paradigm

April 9, 2021
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Presented by:

Finn V. Gratton, LMFT, LPCC 

1.5 CEUs

There's a good chance you have autistic/neurodivergent clients in your practice and don't know it. Perhaps they don't know it either. Many adults were never diagnosed as children and did not recognize that their sensory, cognitive processing and relational differences are related to ways of experiencing and interacting with the world that is different from what neurotypical people experience. Many children and teens also don't know that the issues they are experiencing stem from a neurodivergent experience. While some may identify as autistic, Asperger's, or "on the spectrum," others come for help with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, or issues related to gender, sexual orientation and relationships. We can provide better therapeutic support if we recognize our internalized neurotypical biases and adjust our therapeutic environments and processes to better meet the experiences of autistic and other neurodivergent people.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the neurodiversity paradigm and how it differs from a pathology paradigm for autism
  • Identify five indicators that a client might be autistic and five indicators that a client might be neurotypical
  • Describe three ways that trauma intersects with the autistic experience
  • Identify four ways to make their practices more supportive of autistic people

About the Presenter:

Finn V. Gratton, LMFT, LPCC is a somatic psychotherapist who works at 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. They identify as autistic and trans non-binary.


Santa Cruz CAMFT Members (w/CEU Certificate included): $10
Non-Members (w/CEU Certificate included): $20
Non-Members (without CEU Certificate): $15

Morning Schedule:

9:45-10 am Check-in
10:00 am Intro
10:05 am Speaker Starts
11:35 am Speaker Ends
11:35-11:45 am CE Announcements, etc.
1.5 CEUs

Please register in advance for this session.

Location: Online Via Zoom — Room will be shared upon registration.
Date & Time: Friday, April 9, 2021, 9:45 am-11:45 am

Continuing Education: 

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. For CEU folks, a brief post-session of questions will be involved and acknowledgement of your attendance at the full session.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider #62284)

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

Special Accommodations: The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at president@santacruztherapist.org. Requests must be made one week in advance.

Grievances may be filed with the SC-CAMFT at president@santacruztherapist.org.

For any questions please contact the president@santacruztherapist.org.

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