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This online, participative event will be held on Zoom, and has been organised by the Neurodiversity Special Interest Group. For more details on the Neurodiversity SIG please see Click here.A certificate of attendance will be issued for 3 x hours CPD. The event will not be recorded.Registration closes - Midday on Monday 15 April. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment!
It is increasingly recognised that people who are
neurodivergent, such as those with Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and others, are more
likely to experience mental health issues. However, many neurodivergent
conditions remain underdiagnosed in adults in the UK. As a result, many
individuals present to NHS talking therapies and secondary care services
seeking support for depression, trauma, and anxiety issues.
If clinicians haven't received training on
neurodivergence, they may not feel confident considering or
supporting neurodivergence within clinical presentations and therapy.
This workshop aims to support clinicians to feel more
confident bringing discussions around neurodivergence into therapy and
embedding a neurodiversity-affirming approach into their practice.
The workshop will be helpful for a range of professionals
including low-intensity therapists, CBT therapists, counsellors, and other
professionals working therapeutically with adults.Learning objectives
1. Consider how Autism and ADHD might present in clinic2. Learn about the key differences between Autism and ADHD,
including diagnostic criteria and lived experiences, and understand the
questions to ask when considering clinical practice.3. Outline key features of a range of other neurodivergent
conditions including dyslexia, dyscalculia, Tourette’s syndrome and
developmental co-ordination disorder (dyspraxia)4. Consider co-occurrence with physical health conditions and
other neurodivergent conditions 5.
What to do if it seems likely that your client is neurodivergent but
Differentiating neurodivergent traits from psychopathology to support neurodiversity-affirming
therapy8. Considering implications for working with neurodivergent adults to
address mental health issues
Natasha Hickmott is an experienced NHS Talking Therapies
(IAPT) practitioner with over 8 years of experience. She holds an MSc in
Psychology and has completed voluntary placements in both CAMHS and adult
secondary care services. Natasha also runs a private practice, where she works
with clients with ADHD and their families to understand ADHD through a
Currently, Natasha is Everyturn Mental Health's national
champion for neurodiversity and co-chair of the BABCP's Neurodiversity Special
Interest Group. She recently had an article published on working with clients with ADHD
in the May 2022 edition of BABCP's CBT Today and participated in a panel debate
at the BABCP conference in 2023.
Benjamin Ford is a CBT therapist who was diagnosed with
autism later in life. He has been working in NHS Talking Therapies/IAPT since
2008 and is the father of two adult children who are also neurodivergent.
Benjamin's personal experience with his first-born son's autism has given him a
deep understanding of neurodiversity. He believes that it is important for
therapists to understand and treat neurodivergent people holistically. Benjamin
is a founding member of several neurodiversity staff networking groups, including
the BABCP Neurodiversity Special Interest Group and NDeavour. He has also
worked as an expert by experience for the NHSE Midlands Autism and Learning
Disabilities Workstream on the Autism Strategy.
Elizabeth Stamatelatos is a CBT therapist and founder member
of the Neurodiversity SIG. With over 11 years of experience in special needs
education, Liz completed an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Keele,
followed by the PGDip in CBT.
Since 2019, Liz has been working for IAPT/Talking Therapies
and leads a group of Neurodiversity Champions across Staffordshire. She also
teaches and supervises on the High Intensity CBT Post-graduate Diploma at
Staffordshire University. Liz has delivered training on Neurodiversity and
offers neurodiversity-specific supervision and one-to-one support for
As a proud auntie of two neurodivergent young men, Liz is
incredibly passionate about improving inclusive services for ND therapists and
clients and meeting the needs of many ND people who fall through the gaps of
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