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Best Practices in ASD/Neurodivergent Treatment for Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

3 CE Workshop! 

Granite State College, Concord

Description: This 3-hour introductory workshop will discuss evidence-based practices in group and individual psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum and/or who identify as neurodivergent. This workshop will also include strategies for therapeutic engagement as well as therapeutic methods to infuse social skills/pragmatics interventions. This workshop will incorporate active, hands-on activities, a variety of case studies, and will discuss the current state of neurodivergent activism and justice. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. List psychiatric conditions that commonly co-occur with ASD.
  2. Summarize current evidence-based practices for co-occurring conditions and ASD.
  3. Apply developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions for co-occurring conditions by practicing therapeutic responses in small groups
  4. Define neurodiversity as a movement, a belief, and a paradigm.
  5. Utilize a strengths-based, justice-focused approach to therapy for adolescents and young adults who identify as neurodivergent.

Presenter: Rebecca Girard, LICSW is a clinical social worker licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York, specializing in neurodivergent issues, sexual trauma, and international social work. She is a Certified Autism Specialist, a member of the Asperger/Autism Network of New England, a member of the International Federation of Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers, and has trained extensively in drama-based social skills/pragmatics interventions, trauma-informed care, and sexual assault treatment/prevention. She is currently available for individual and group therapy in Greater Boston, and offering consultation in New York and abroad.



This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


Cancellation Policy:  Refunds, minus a 35% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course (on or before Oct 3, 2019). No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.

Inclement weather policy:  In the event that NHPA has to postpone or reschedule the training conference, a voucher equivalent to the full price amount of what was paid for the conference will be issued. If NHPA has to cancel the event with no postponement or reschedule date, a full refund will be given. Please be sure that NHPA has your up-to-date contact information (email/text/phone). Any weather cancellations or postponements will be made no later than three hours prior to an event. Should you have questions or concerns about whether an event may be changed due to weather, please check the NHPA website, www.nhpsychology.org or call the NHPA office at (603) 415-0451.

Attendance policy:  Full attendance is required to obtain CEs. No partial credit will be given. 




Rebecca Girard, LICSW

Granite State College, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 + Google Map
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