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Tue, Jul 23


Online Event

Respecting and Supporting Autistic and Neurodiverse System-Involved Youth

Shoshana Phoenixx

Respecting and Supporting Autistic and Neurodiverse System-Involved Youth
Respecting and Supporting Autistic and Neurodiverse System-Involved Youth

Time & Location

Jul 23, 2024, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Shoshana Phoenixx

Training Description

Dive deep into the world of neurodiversity and autism spectrum disorders with this dynamic training opportunity tailored for professionals who serve and/or support system-involved youth. Through interactive sessions and engaging discussions, participants will uncover the intersection of disability movements, communication challenges, and environmental influences on the well-being of neurodiverse youth and their families. Armed with practical strategies and a deeper understanding of respectful language and advocacy, attendees will leave the training empowered to support the holistic needs of autistic and neurodiverse system-involved youth.

Learning Objectives

● Participants will be able to identify 4 key principles underlying disability movements & language use.

● Participants will be able to differentiate between "literal communicators" and "abstract communicators."

● Participants will acquire experience utilizing a range of techniques to support emotional well-being & communication needs of neurodiverse system-involved youth through role-play.


12:30 - 1:00pm  Introductions and Administration

● Welcome and Introduction, Logistics and Housekeeping

● Overview of Training Objectives and Agenda

1:00 - 1:45pm  Understanding the Historical Context of Disability Language

● Presentation

● Discussion

● Interactive Activity: Reflective Journaling

1:45 - 2:30pm  Exploring Communication Styles of System-Involved Youth

● Presentation

● Discussion

● Group Activity: Case Study Analysis

2:30 - 2:45pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:45 - 3:30pm  Sensory Environments and Co-occurring Features of Autism

● Presentation

● Discussion

● Practical Exercise: Creating Inclusive Environments

3:30 - 4:15pm  Practicing Supportive Techniques for Neurodiverse System-Involved Youth

● Demonstration

● Role-Playing

● Questions & Answers, Discussion

4:15 - 4:30pm  Closing

● Review of learning and appreciations

● Feedback

Meet Our Trainer

Shoshana Phoenixx, a seasoned thought leader and public speaker with 40 years of expertise in grief education and therapeutic support, invites you to a transformative collaboration. Drawing from her extensive experience as a foster and adoptive mother of two autistic boys, she specializes in addressing the diverse needs of individuals on the neurodiverse spectrum within the child welfare system. Shoshana, also a Jewish, interfaith chaplain, draws from her own lifelong illness and grief journey to assist communities dealing with illnesses, traumas, and crises. Her personal grief journey, which began in her teens, enriches her ability to support communities dealing with illnesses, traumas, and crises. With a passion for her work evident in every interaction, Shoshana offers professionals and caregivers a unique opportunity to learn from her grassroots understanding of the social model of disability. Currently in private practice as a death doula and grief coach, she extends unwavering support to individuals navigating terminal illnesses, neurodiversity, foster care challenges, and evolving disability culture using creative art modalities. With degrees in Communication Disorders and Psychology from Montclair State College, Shoshana brings a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and communication to her practice. Through her role as a workshop educator and grief support group coordinator, she has developed and presented a wide range of professional development trainings tailored to navigating challenges of health and disability. With care and compassion, she emphasizes the value of unconventional approaches, weaving collective learning for a meaningful journey through life. Join Shoshana for a transformative and purposeful exploration.

This course meets the qualifications for (3.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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