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Thriving and Alive:

Neurodiversity, Ethics, & Affirming Frames for LGBTQIA+ Care

Presented by ADDA-SR

Friday, September 30, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

3 Ethics CEs for LPCs, LMFTs, Social Workers, Psychologists

From navigating personal and professional ethics amid politicized conflicts around our clients’ rights of access, to LGBTQIA+ affirming care, to resolving anxieties about how to respond to your first client with ADHD who comes in and tells you they’re neuroqueer, this event is for mental health professionals who want to learn more about research supporting the theory and practice of depathologizing non-normativity.

In part one of this two-part presentation, we will explore the neurodiversity movement in autistic and ADHD communities, examine its main critiques, consider the unique intersectional experiences and needs of people with LGBTQIA+ identities who also have ADHD diagnoses, and learn about how and why the use of affirming language and frameworks for treating ADHD and autistic clients will support their flourishing.

In part two, an outcomes-oriented examination of the need for competent LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health care will outline validated frameworks for effective care, detail the consequences of barriers to access, offer an exploration of implicit and explicit bias, and provide an integrative, evidence based framework to help clinicians conceptualize and navigate personal ethics, professional ethics, and the provision of LGBTQIA+ affirming care in the contemporary clinical context.


Part 1: Neurodiversity, Ley David Elliette Cray, Ph.D.

Participants will be able to:

* introduce the terms neurodiversity and neurodivergent and learn how to use neurodiverse affirming language when working with ADHD and autistic clients.

* discuss research that suggests clients with autism diagnoses are more likely to identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ communities and emerging research suggesting that ADHD diagnoses are more likely to pair with client reports of gender dysphoria and/or LGBTQIA+ identifications.

* explain the unique intersectional experiences of people with LGBTQIA+ identities who also have ADHD diagnoses and consider how movements from self-identity to agential identity in affirming environments can provide empowering pathways to psychological wellbeing.

Part 2: Navigating LGBTQIA+ Affirming Care and Personal Ethics

Megan Lederman, MA, LPC

Participants will be able to:

*detail current need for competent LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health care, as well as current barriers to access.

*analyze ethical considerations of LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health care, including implicit and explicit biases.

* propose and validate responses to ethical considerations in a manner that most effectively serves vulnerable populations.

Speaker Bios

Megan Lederman, MA, LPC (they/them) is Director of Clinical Programming at Charlie Health. They are a therapist-at-heart with a passion for developing frameworks of care that live at the intersection of relationally focused, trauma informed, evidence-based approaches to affirming and inclusive clinical practice. In their spare time, they direct and support a small Cambodia-based village dog rescue.

Ley David Elliette Cray, PhD (she/they) is Director of LGBTQIA+ Programming at Charlie Health. Ley is a sexuality counselor, mindfulness coach, trauma-informed yoga instructor, and philosophical consultant specializing in issues of gender, relationships, and identity. She is currently living in New Mexico with her two cats.

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