The 5 Skills for Succeeding in Working with Neurodivergent Clients with Trauma

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 4.5

This training will focus on working with adults and children who are neurodiverse. We will focus on how to approach work and healing specifically with clients with Autism, ADHD/ADD with a trauma informed approach. We will fully explain neurodiversity varies from the neurotypical brain in terms of regulation, thinking, and relationships. Participants will discover how the interaction between the internal wiring in the brain, relationship, and the environment can be modified and accommodations can be put in place to support clients with neurodiversity. The training will also address practices to best serve this population when they are healing from trauma.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to understand ways that trauma may be processed and stored differently in a neurodiverse person.
  • Participants will be able to understand how to work with clients who are neurodiverse and have experienced trauma from a trauma informed lens.
  • Participants will be able to understand how the brain is neurobiologically wired for attachment and the neurodivergent brain may experience relationships differently.
  • Participants will learn how to work with neurodevelopmental strengths and challenges caused by trauma and evaluation using the ACE’s and other tools.
  • Participants will learn what sensory and self-regulation activities can used with this client group.
  • Participants will be able to understand the importance of psycho-education around default wiring and templates for this group and draft usable scripts to help clients understand how their brains and bodies may have been impacted by this trauma.

Camea Peca, Ph.D., MSc, CFTP, CCTS-I

Camea has spent over 15 years working with Children and Families in a vast range of settings both locally and abroad. After completing a Bachelor of Science at ASU, Camea spent 10 years abroad studying and working. During this time, she completed a MSc in Psychoanalytic Development Psychology at the Anna Freud Center/University College London including a dissertation in Sensory Integration Therapy and Tactile and Vestibular Processing Disorder. During this training Camea was trained by leaders in attachment and infant development including Dr. Peter Fonagy and Mary Target. As a part of this training Camea had the chance to work with the Child Center for Mental Health and participating in specialty training with leaders in the expressive arts as well as Sir Richard Bowlby, Dr. Dan Hughes, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Bruce Perry, and many others. She completed clinical training and supervision in the Expressive Arts with Dr. Margot Sunderland and the Helping Where It Hurts program which puts expressive arts therapists in inner city London schools. Professionally Camea has worked in a variety of settings including adolescent shelters, inpatient psychiatric units, schools and specialty projects targeting physical and sexualized trauma. For over two years Camea has worked as a Trauma Therapist in a local specialty service targeting children and families that have experienced sexual abuse. Camea specializes in work with very young children and their families and has extensive experience with early developmental trauma and attachment based therapy using the expressive arts and sensory based modalities. Camea uses her eclectic and wide range of international training and clinical experience to deliver dynamic and experiential training.

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