Course Description

Throughout this training, participants will cultivate a neurodiversity-affirming lens and bolster confidence in supporting their neurodivergent (ND) clients. Starting with case conceptualization, the training will emphasize how intersectional oppression, including ableism, heightens client vulnerability to trauma and misdiagnosis. Additionally, participants will gain insights into ND-affirming treatment planning and receive an introduction to best practices for adapting therapeutic interventions for neurodivergent clients.

Facilitated by three neurodivergent clinicians, the training draws from the professional and lived experiences of the presenters, integrating emerging research and best practices. Upon completion of this training, participants will understand key aspects of the neurodiversity-affirming movement and possess actionable methods to integrate foundational principles for affirming care into their clinical settings.


This course takes place live on Zoom. Check out this link for Zoom requirements.

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Course Overview

  • Schedule

    July 12th, 2024, from 12pm - 4pm EST, live interactive webinar on Zoom

  • Prerequisites

    This training is open to mental health professionals.

  • CE Credits

    Participants are eligible to receive 3.75 CE credits for this training (see more details below).

Note on Accessibility:

We include captions in all of our live and self-paced trainings. If there is anything else you need to make our trainings accessible to you, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We recognize that every person has access needs and we are happy to do everything we can to meet yours.

Instructors

Erin Wheeler

Erin Wheeler, LCSW, PMH-C, is a neurodivergent therapist, parent, and private practice owner based in Chicago. She received her MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 2011. After graduating, she counseled individuals struggling with compulsive gambling and trained other therapists nationwide on best practices for treating problem gambling. Erin has been working in the perinatal mental health field since 2015. In 2020 (a month before the pandemic), she opened her private practice, Inner Resource Counseling. She's focused her practice on supporting people with perinatal trauma and helping neurodivergent families flourish in their transition to parenthood. Erin's practice mission has always been to provide a safe and affirming space for her clients to engage with the conflicting parts of themselves. Erin takes great joy in collaborating with other perinatal providers who help individual thrive on their journey to birthgiving and parenthood. Her strong drive to connect with others led Erin to become an EMDRIA-approved Consultant in Training (CIT), and to continue leading trainings. Most recently, Erin co-facilitated a webinar with her mentor, Dr. Mara Tessler Stein, and Dr. Dani Kahn, focused on the perinatal adaptations of Gary Quinn's Self-Care Procedure for Corona Virus (SCP-CP, 2020).

Skylar Ibarra

Skylar Ibarra, LCSW, PMH-C (she/her) is a therapist in private practice in Brea, California where she provides Neurodiversity Affirming therapy to individuals and couples. Her clinical focuses include perinatal mental health, complex developmental trauma, and OCD. Skylar is an EMDRIA-approved Consultant-in-Training under the mentorship of Dr. Mara Tesler Stein and offers consultation to those seeking Certification or wanting to further explore their clinical practice. She is also a Certified Trauma Resiliency Model Practitioner and Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional. Skylar received her Master of Social Welfare from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where she was awarded the prestigious Bohnett Fellowship and earned a Certificate in Global Public Affairs with a concentration in Global Health and Social Services. She pairs her rigorous training with her lived experience as neurodivergent and a perinatal OCD survivor to provide a holistic, person-centered approach when providing therapy, trainings, and consultation. Skylar is passionate about empowering others with the information and resources they need to successfully obtain their goals. She deeply believes that knowledge is meant to be not just shared, but talked through so that it resonates with each individual within their own experience.

Jane Kosloff

Jane Kosloff, LICSW, PMH-C is a clinical social worker in private practice within the greater Seattle area. Previous to private practice, Jane has experience working in community mental health and federally qualified primary care clinics. While working in primary care, Jane worked as a behavioral health consultant and was the clinical supervisor for the social work team. Jane has worked in private practice since 2018. In her private practice, Jane focuses on supporting clients around perinatal trauma including birth trauma, perinatal OCD, anxiety and provides neurodivergent affirming care. Jane is an EMDR Consultant-In-Training under the mentorship of Dr. Mara Tesler Stein and provides consultation to clinicians who are working towards EMDRIA certification or who want to deepen their EMDR practice. EMDR is Jane’s favorite modality and she continues to be impressed by its power and versatility. Jane considers herself a lifelong learner and is always working to further her knowledge. Whether it be through consultation or teaching, Jane enjoys helping other clinicians dig deep into clinical concepts, examine the whys and nuances behind clinical work, and help clinicians work in a way that is consistent with their strengths and values.

Tiered pricing options for Day 1:

Questions? See our FAQ below.

More about our pricing:

We offer tiered pricing for all of our trainings in order to make our courses accessible to as many practitioners as possible. If you are unsure which tier of payment is right for your financial situation, please read through our FAQ section below or visit our website.


Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you are interested in a multi-month payment plan. We are always happy to create a custom payment plan to make it more feasible for everyone to participate in our courses. 

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome from your Trainers

    2. Get to Know Erin Wheeler

    3. Get to Know Jane Kosloff

    4. Get to Know Skylar Ibarra

    5. Accommodations Menu

      FREE PREVIEW
    6. Training Schedule

      FREE PREVIEW
    7. Detailed Course Outline

    8. Learning Objectives

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    9. Zoom Information

    10. Anti-Oppression Statement from The Touchstone Institute

    1. Coming Soon!

    1. Course Evaluation and Receiving your CE Certificate

About this course

  • $100 - $200
  • July 12th, 2024 from 12pm - 4pm EST
  • 3.75 CEs, see below for specific approvals

Continuing Education Credits

Participation in all training sessions and submission of a course evaluation is required to receive a CE Certificate for this course. Course evaluations are made available after all live sessions have been completed within the course portal. After completing the evaluation, participants will be able to download their CE certificates. This training offers 3.75 CE credits.

  • It is your responsibility to verify CE coverage in your State or Provence.

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7346. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, [provider number:1876], is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: [1/19/2024-1/19/2025]. Social workers completing this course receive 3.75 continuing education credits.

  • This course is approved by Postpartum Support International (PSI) for continuing education towards obtaining and maintaining the PMH-C

Course Outline

All times listed in EST

12:00pm-12:20pm: Introduction

  • Presenter introduction/background

  • The framework of our Training


12:20-1:00pm: Neurodiversity: History and Basics

  • Brief history of the Neurodiversity Affirming movement and its shifting values and ethics over time

  • Discourses/philosophies

  • Medical Model

  • Social Disability Model

  • Critical Disability Theory

  • Importance of intersectionality


1:00pm-3:00pm: 8 Pillars of Neurodiversity Affirming Care (with 15-minute break at 2:00pm)

  •  An introduction to the pillars and how embracing these principles can directly improve care for perinatal mental health clients


3:00-3:40pm: Introductory Adaptations Based on the 8 pillars

  • Practice policies

  • Communication

  • Treatment planning

  • Modifying interventions

  • Working and advocating with other mental health professionals


3:40pm-4:00pm: Conclusion and Q&A

Learning Objectives

  • Outline key factors in the development of the neurodiversity affirming movement and its current impact on the field of mental health.
  • Identify 2 ways in which intersectional oppression can heighten vulnerability to trauma and misdiagnosis for neurodivergent clients.
  • Describe the 8 foundational principles of neurodiversity affirming care in clinical settings.
  • Identify at least 3 practical applications of neurodiversity affirming care in therapy work with clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the Generative Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Own the home you live in (even with a mortgage); live in a two-income household; have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money; travel recreationally; have access to family money and resources in times of need; work part-time by choice, etc.

  • Is the Sustaining Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Have income available for recreational activities (going out to dinner, movies, concerts etc.); have consistent work compensated at a median income rate based on your region; pay rent that is not more than 25% of your monthly household income; do not own your own home, etc.

  • Is the Supported Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Are a graduate student paying tuition; have major medical expenses not covered by insurance; have been denied work, or experience discrimination related to ableism, racism, sexism, gender discrimination or other forms of oppression; are eligible for public assistance; have immigration-related expenses; have ever been denied work due to incarceration history; are supporting adult children, extended family members in need or have other adult dependents; are an elder with limited financial support; are primarily working in a setting with under-resourced populations and your income reflects this work, etc.

  • Are there payment plan options available?

    Yes! We are happy to work with you to create a payment plan that fits your needs. Please reach out to us over email with a brief description of the length of the plan that you are interested in using to pay for this course: [email protected].

  • How can I learn more about your pricing?

    Please visit our website for more information on our approach to pricing our trainings: www.touchstoneinstitute.org/pricing.

  • What is your refund policy?

    More than 14 days notice is required for a full refund minus 7% administrative fee. Cancellations made within 14 days of training are eligible for a 50% refund or full transfer to another training within The Touchstone Institute. Only 1 transfer to another training is allowed. If you can not attend the transferred training your fee will be forfeited. No-shows are not eligible for a refund or transfer. Exceptions to this policy are limited to medically documented circumstances or family bereavements. Failure to attend without prior notification (no-shows) will not qualify for a refund.

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