Understanding and Working with Neurodivergence Workshop with Cathie Long

In this workshop Cathie will talk about the non-medical model of what it means to...

Last updated 3 May 2024

In this workshop Cathie will talk about the non-medical model of what it means to be autistic.

Workshop Details 

Using case examples, she will highlight why people in need of mental health support are too readily diagnosed with borderline or emotionally unstable personality disorder, when the reality is they are autistic. Cathie will encourage you to explore terminology, including person-first versus identity-first language and will provide explanation around echopraxic behaviour/masking/being a good actor.

In this workshop you will also be invited to consider how Injunctions and Drivers can underpin an autistic person’s behaviour.

As both sensory processing differences and trauma can significantly affect an autistic person’s lived experiences, Cathie will talk about how these can be understood and managed within the therapeutic relationship.

Cathie will also share with you her own personal process and post-diagnostic journey and will talk about what she has found helpful and affirming.

Course Content

Understanding and Working with Neurodivergence Workshop with Cathie Long
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Cathie Long

Cathie Long is an award winning, highly acclaimed independent social worker, expert witness, and trainer. She works primarily with ‘disabled’ children/young people and their families to secure appropriate Education, Health and Care Plans, ensuring delivery of a person-centred, needs-led social care provision. She is the social care advisor to the PDA Society and a partner with Sunshine Support. With an MA in Autism, Cathie decided to train in Transactional Analysis to enhance both her professional and personal development. She has recently completed her second clinical year as a trainee psychotherapist with Contact Point in Bristol. Cathie has written soon to be published practice guidance, on behalf of the British Association of Social Workers, on Fabricated or Induced Illness using Transactional Analysis to highlight and support professional practice. Following her own diagnoses of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity ‘disorder’ (ADHD) in her mid-fifties, Cathie is developing a post-diagnostic therapeutic service to support others who have been missed and/or misdiagnosed. Cathie lives in West Wales. She has four children, two of whom are neurodivergent. She enjoys sea swimming, walking on the beach, writing, and evolving into being her fun-loving, uniquely quirky self.

The Link Centre

This workshop in a collaboration between the Link Centre and Onlinevents

At the Link Centre we pride ourselves in delivering high quality options tailored to needs of clients and delivered in a relaxed, comfortable yet stimulating environment in which people feel safe to learn and develop. We work with individuals, groups, organisations, and educational establishments using the depth of our psychological knowledge, to facilitate growth and development.

Our training centre is located in the heart of the countryside, in Plumpton, East Sussex. It provides a variety of training rooms, extensive parking, and disabled access, to help meet the needs of individuals attending our courses. As well as this the centre has extensive grounds that can be enjoyed during lunch and tea breaks.

We also offer in-house coaching, training and consultancy that is tailored to the needs of our customers.

Our trainers and consultants are all fully qualified, experienced, skilled and accredited to both national and international level.

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