Friday, November 2
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
- ACT - Autism Community Training
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.