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Relational Trauma, PCA, & Neurodivergence: Considering Conditions of Worth Workshop with Matthew Bolton

This year, in collaboration with Fiona Gregory, we are launching an exciting series of person-centred...

Last updated 14 May 2024

This year, in collaboration with Fiona Gregory, we are launching an exciting series of person-centred events related to working with trauma (Scroll down to read more about upcoming events in this conference series) 

With a mixed lecture-discussion format, this workshop presents conditions of worth as a form of relational trauma, especially in the neurodivergent context. Participants will examine and discuss basic and more advanced concepts and topics from the person-centred and emerging neurodiversity literatures. Participants will examine foundational definitions of neurodiversity and neurodivergence and engage in discussion around autism spectrum conditions; conditions of worth; the double empathy problem/perspective; intersectionality and neurodivergence; language ideas and debate in neurodiversity; the insidiousness of societal neuro-normativity; psychological contact from a Rogerian perspective; the importance of empathy, congruence, unconditional positive regard, and non-directivity in work with neurodivergent persons; and the tension between knowing-about and being-with neurodivergent conditions. Theories and concepts of person-centred therapy will be applied for an understanding of the nature of neurodivergence, based on the facilitator’s lived autistic and ADHD experiences.

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Relational Trauma, PCA, & Neurodivergence: Considering Conditions of Worth Workshop with Matthew Bolton

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Matthew Bolton

Matt Bolton is a multiply-neurodivergent (autistic and ADHD) individual studying for a Master’s degree in clinical social work at Saint Leo University (United States; Florida). Matt has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology, is a professor of psychology at Saint Leo University, and has experience as a crisis counsellor with the US-based Crisis Text Line. He has been part of that organization since early 2021 and recently was selected to assist with a new pilot program collaboration between Crisis Text Line and Kids Help Phone in Canada. Matt, passionate about the person-centred approach, works through and is a member of the Center for Studies of the Person and is a member of the Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach.

I presently have 3 articles, titles below, which are forthcoming in The Person-Centered Journal and Renaissance newsletter of the ADPCA

De-centering neuro-normativity is an imperative in humanistic psychotherapy: Towards a neurodiversity-informed, person-centered approach

On the further de-centering of therapeutic neuro-normativity: Psychological contact to meet the needs of persons on the autism spectrum

Three ideas in person-centered, neurodivergent-affirming therapy