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ALU

Working with and supporting
Neurodivergent clients from
LGBTQ+ communities

Date: Saturday 24th February 2024
10.00am – 4.00pm

Online training event
This workshop will be delivered via Zoom
and joining details will be sent in
the week prior to the event

Price: £70

LIMITED TO 20 DELEGATES

Workshop Overview

NEUROFESTIVAL 2023

Neurodivergence and queerness are both huge and important topics. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed or lost by the sense of complexity and breadth of human experience encompassed by these communities. However for the many individuals who exist across these spaces and identities, it can be a real challenge to feel seen, heard, and validated, rather than treated as ‘overly complex’, or ‘other’.

In this discussion-based workshop day, we will explore a range of experiences and themes around being neurodivergent and queer, and the particular challenges and questions that can emerge through these overlapping identities. Sonny will draw from their own experiences as a trans and autistic (and more broadly neurodivergent and queer) person, learnings from the neurodivergent and queer community, and their experience working predominantly with neurodivergent and queer clients.

The training day will include a series of short presentations alongside group discussion, and access to further reading and resources.

The ideas in this workshop will encompass explorations of transness and gender-nonconformity, sex, intimacy and sexuality, non-normative relationship structures, disability. These are all enormous topics in their own rights, so the aim of our discussions is to trigger starting points for learning and exploration, feeling safer being curious and making mistakes, rather than presenting definitive answers.

Sonny Hallett
Sonny

Sonny Hallett is a person centred counsellor, trainer, and co-founder of AMASE (Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh). They have co-authored research on autism and mental health, experiences of counselling, autistic community and peer support, and work predominantly with neurodivergent and queer clients. They are also neurodivergent, trans and mixed race.

They are particularly interested in how counselling and psychotherapy can be adapted to better suit divergent needs, and how counsellors might expand their sensitivity toward minority experiences and perspectives, as well as how these different identities and experiences can intersect.

They also have a keen interest in nature and ecotherapy; the ways in which a relationship with the land, and the environment, can connect with our sense of ourselves.

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