Alisha Stubbs, BSW, MSW, PhD(c)
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
December 1, 2022 | 12 to 3 p.m. EST
This presentation will explore a merge of concepts and supports when therapeutically supporting individuals who have mental health concerns and are also neurodivergent. This workshop will offer opportunities to challenge what you already know to have an open and honest conversation about the broader systems that sustain gaps, and what this means for those directly involved with supporting the mental health of neurodiverse folks.
There will be an exploration of evidence-based practices and discussions around how/if the practices that we utilize are appropriate for neurodiverse populations, and/or how to inform a neurodiverse lens. The concept of neuro-affirming care will include conversation around what it is, how to engage in being neuro-affirming, and other important considerations. There will be opportunities to reflect on suicide intervention and risk management, as well as a focus on reflexivity.
• To challenge the norms of mental health and neurodiversity as separate entities
• Tangible ways to incorporate practices that are sensitive to many neurodivergent needs
• An eagerness to learn more
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About the Facilitator:
Alisha Stubbs, BSW, MSW, PhD (C)
Alisha Stubbs, (she/her) is a settler on colonized land. She has practiced social work for over 10 years working in various capacities such as developmental services, frontline mental health, crisis, supervision, school board, hospital, employee assistance, private practice, post-secondary education and research. Over the last seven years, her personal and professional worlds merged to spark a passion for autism, mental health and social work. Alisha uses her personal experience of having a daughter with autism, beginning to find comfort and voice in her own neurodiversity, and merging it with her clinical expertise in social work, therapeutic intervention, and mental health. Alisha engages in research focused on learning disabilities and neurodivergence, and teaches at several post-secondary institutions.