Intermediate/Advanced, some experience and understanding of autism is assumed
Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers, Educators, People with Autism, Family Members, Behaviour Consultants/Analysts Level: Intermediate/
Adolescent and adults with ASD without significant cognitive impairments but with difficulties in social understanding.
About the Event
Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming. All times are Pacific Standard Time.
Girls and women with ASD largely camouflage their characteristics in an effort to pass as neurotypical. Due to their difficulties reading social cues, girls and women with ASD are disproportionately victims of bullying, sexual assault and abusive relationships. Mental health challenges such anxiety, depression, panic, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and addictions often come to the attention of professionals before an ASD diagnosis is given, if at all.
INVEST: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen and Thrive has been developed by Dori Zener based on her extensive clinical experience with women and girls with ASD.
During this one day workshop, participants will learn how to use the INVEST model to:
Assess needs and elicit strengths
Create a therapeutic environment that validates and fosters resilience
Teach models for introducing important topics such as personal safety, gender identity, adapting to change
Use therapeutic techniques to develop emotional regulation, social skills and greater self care
Support girls and women as they thrive with new challenges and experiences
About the Presenter
Dori Zener, MSW, RSW, is an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist in Toronto. She has been working with individuals affected by ASD and learning differences for over a decade, with a particular interest in girls and women. She hosts “Asperfemme,” a free support group for women on the spectrum.
Morning break (refreshments and light snacks will be provided); book browsing available
Lunch (buy or bring your own); book browsing will be available
Afternoon Break (refreshments and light snacks will be provided); book browsing available
MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD
Please note that the MCFD Parent Bursary funding has been exhausted. Since April 1, 2017, ACT has used MCFD Parent Bursary funding to provide $60,000 in bursaries in the form of reduced registration to families & caregivers from across B.C. to enable them to build their skills by accessing training. Regular registration rates are now in effect however parents of children with ASD are welcome to apply for an ACT Bursary if registration cost is a barrier preventing attendance.
For more information on ACT's Bursary programs, see our Bursary FAQ page.
Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the
total for equipment, books, training and travel costs.
ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by
the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
More Autism Funding Information >
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1900 (Fletcher Theatre) 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!