Instructors: Kathryn Theroux, MS, RCC and Barb Baker, BEd, MC, RCC
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 6pm – 8pm PST
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm PST
In this workshop, we will delve into the essential aspects of counselling for autistic individuals, addressing crucial topics such as ableism, barriers to therapy, and effective strategies to reduce these barriers. Our goal is to equip participants with the knowledge and tools to offer more inclusive and empathetic support to autistic clients, fostering a more accessible and supportive therapeutic environment.
Many autistic people experience ableism, a form of discrimination or prejudice against disabled folks whose actions or perspectives may not fit “the norm,” what society has deemed acceptable and appropriate. Through discussion and reflection, we explore the concept of ableism and its impact on the counselling relationship, including how counsellors can recognize and challenge ableist attitudes and behaviours within themselves and their practice. Attendees will also gain insights into the sensory sensitivities, communication differences, and unique perspectives of autistic clients, fostering a more compassionate and client-centered approach to therapy.
By the end of this workshop, participants will leave with enhanced awareness and skills, better equipped to support autistic clients in their counselling journey. Whether you are a seasoned counsellor or new to working with autistic clients, this workshop offers a profound opportunity for personal and professional growth. Join us in creating a more inclusive and welcoming counselling space.
Barb is a registered clinical counsellor and recent graduate of City University’s Masters of Counselling program.
She is passionate about supporting the mental health of autistic people and challenging the ableism and stigma around neurodiversity.
Kathryn is a queer mom of two and counsellor serving neurodivergent youth and their families.
She is committed to showing up and doing the work, even when it’s messy.