Neurodiversity-Affirming Assessment and Counseling for Kids, Teens and, Adults
Date: Friday, December 1, 11:00 - 1:00
Presenter: Dr. Laurie Ferguson, PsyD #20842
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Your adult clients may ask if you think they might have ADHD, or a parent may
wonder if their child or teen might be have ADHD. There has been a massive
shift in our understanding of ADHD across the lifespan. Previous approaches
focused on "fixing" or "curing" and we have found this disease model simply
does not work, leaving clients and families (and therapists) frustrated. In this
presentation, we are shifting to using a client's strengths to develop supports so
that clients with ADHD can reach their potential in school, college, work, home,
Therapists will leave this training with tools to identify, assess, and support
clients of all ages using a neurodiversity-affirming approach to ADHD.
Participants will be able to identify five myths about ADHD and why a
neurodiversity-affirming approach is important.
Participants will be able to use five strategies to create a neurodiversity-
affirming experience for your ADHD client.
Participants will be able to identify five ADHD advocacy tools.
Participants will be able to identify five counseling and assessment approaches
$15 - Prelicensed $25 - Members $35 - Non-Members
Dr. Laurie Ferguson’s Bio:
Dr. Laurie Ferguson has been working in the mental health field supporting children, teens,
families, and adults since 1996. She graduated from the APA-accredited Wright Institute in
Berkeley. Training included an APA-accredited internship at The Children's Hospital in Denver,
and a fellowship at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver (now called
National Jewish Health). Training also included clinical positions at the San Francisco
Department of Public Health and the USF Child and Family Center. Before attending graduate
school, she was a mental health worker for the psychiatric units at the San Francisco County Jail
and St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. Additional training included the
SLOACCEPTance Project supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Dr. Ferguson is neurodivergent
and has a neuro-spicy family, with personal experience advocating for family members of all