Neurodiversity and the Psychotherapist: Practical tips and
tools to meet the needs of your neurodiverse patients
Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom
6.0 CE Hours for Social Work (MICEC) and MCBAP (RELATED)
Course fee: $99
Presenter: Franki Bagdade M. Ed., LLMSW
Mental Health professionals know that often a neurodevelopmental disorder such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Communication Disorders, and others co-occur with anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. However, most therapists lack the important foundational understanding and practical knowledge of appropriate methodology needed to see progress with clients who are neurodiverse. Participants will leave this course armed with increased confidence in detecting a potential neurodiverse diagnosis and making appropriate diagnostic testing referrals; utilizing appropriate tools, methods and strategies as well as modifying “old favorites” for this unique population; A background in Social Skills Psychoeducation and its importance for pediatric and adult patients with various disabilities; and creating a treatment plan including measurable goals for clients with similar profiles. Facilitated by Franki Bagdade, M. Ed. Franki has a master’s in special education and over 20 years in the field of education and she is currently a clinical social work intern. Franki’s unique lens of being both an educator and mental health professional helps her to understand learning differences and how to best address the needs of patients who are neurodiverse.