Autists In and Out of the Therapy Room Workshop Part 2 with Max Marnau

These two workshops, each divided into two sections, are designed to give non-autistic therapists (or...

Last updated 3 May 2024

These two workshops, each divided into two sections, are designed to give non-autistic therapists (or maybe newly-diagnosed autistic therapists) an insight into the lived experience of autism.

Workshop Details

So often trainings about autism offered to therapists assume that the autism in the therapy room will, so to speak, “belong” to the client: assume that the autistic person is the one who is seeking help.

This is understandable, given the stereotypes and misinformation about autism, many of which still persist despite years, maybe now even decades, of the actually autistic voice being out there, speaking and writing, saying no: these stereotypes are misunderstandings, and, in some cases, nonsense.

From podcasts and youtube videos to professional conferences and articles in peer-reviewed journals, we are speaking and writing to you. There is no longer any need to rely on non-autistic trainers to tell you what autism is despite having no experience of it themselves.

These workshops are written and presented by an autistic psychotherapist with both lived and professional experience of autism.

They will discuss the lived experience of autism in general, the experience of this autistic therapist in particular, and, especially in the second workshop, will give some indications of what the experience of therapy might be like for an autistic client, and how best to work with that.

We will cover, among other things:

  • Language and labels
  • Neurodiversity and neurodivergence
  • Double empathy and the mismatch of salience
  • “Female presentation” of autism
  • Navigating the world as an autist
  • Communication differences
  • Sensory differences
  • Cognitive and processing differences
  • Executive function
  • The social and medical models of disability
  • Working with autistic clients
  • Diagnosis and disclosure

Who is this Workshop Appropriate for?

  • Counsellors / psychotherapists, supervisees, trainees, anyone who would like to gain some insight into autism from the inside.

Course Content

Autists In and Out of the Therapy Room Workshop Part 2 with Max Marnau
Workshop Resources

Presenter

Max Marnau

Max Marnau is an autistic psychotherapist, artist and poet living in the Scottish Borders.