In couples therapy, therapists often unknowingly work with neurodiverse couples in which one partner is or may be autistic. This experience can be frustrating for the therapist. For the couple, it can be at best not helpful, and often inadvertently harmful.
In this 2-hour continuing education webinar for therapists, Sarah Swenson, LMHC will cover the concept of neurodiversity as it applies to couples. She will examine both the autistic and the neurotypical perspectives and how they can differ within the couple.
Ms. Swenson will also discuss why and how an undiagnosed autistic woman is frequently mischaracterized in a relationship, so therapists can discern whether autism might explain some of the challenges a couple faces in therapy. The main emphasis in this webinar will be to demonstrate therapeutic techniques and strategies that have a high likelihood of helping the autistic woman feel heard, and how clinicians might incorporate these considerations into their work with neurodiverse couples.
To avoid pathologizing autism, Ms. Swenson will also discuss how recognizing neurodiversity in a couple can lead to mutual compassion and open the door to healing and growth in the relationship.
This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:
Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program is based on combined therapeutic techniques which together support the unique needs of the neurodiverse couple, and how considering autistic traits as a possibility in women in these relationships makes a difference in therapeutic goals and outcome. It is consistent with current research regarding undiagnosed adult women, an under-supported and under-researched population whose voices are just now being heard.
Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: None.
PLEASE NOTE: This webinar was originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 29. Due to unplanned circumstances with our presenter, the webinar is rescheduled to Tuesday, December 6 from 9-11 a.m. Pacific (12-2 p.m. Eastern). If you registered for the November 29 webinar, your registration remains intact and no action is needed. All registrants will be sent a reminder email before the webinar on December 6.
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Sarah Swenson, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, home of some of the world's largest information technology companies. Because of the high occurrence of autism among members of the IT workforce, she specializes in working with couples in which one partner is on the autism spectrum and the other is neurotypical.
Sarah is a former dean of students, museum educator, and surgical photographer who returned to graduate school when her own children went off to college. Her lifelong interest in high intelligence, coupled with personal experience of adults with undiagnosed ASD, led to her working with couples struggling with misdiagnosed or undiagnosed autism.
Sarah is fluent in four languages and provides coaching services for clients around the world. She also offers consultation services to therapists about working with neurodiverse couples.