Learn how to recognize, understand, and treat neurodiverse couples by viewing couples through a neurological lens to understand the impact that the couple’s neurological differences have on their relationship. A neurodiverse couple is a couple in which one or both partners has an Asperger or autism profile.
The course includes listening to expert lectures, intimate interviews with neurodiverse couples, and insights from a panel of therapists who work with neurodiverse couples. Downloadable PDFs of tools, tips, and additional resources are yours to keep.
This is a 10 hour self-paced online course that you can access from anywhere, from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Developed by BUSSW Network Trainer, Grace Myhill, MSW. More about this instructor.
- Understand why Neurology Really Matters in Couples Therapy
- Recognize Neurodiversity in a Couple
- Understand Asperger’s & Autism and Its Impact on a Couple
- Understand Asperger/Autism and Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions
- Describe the Impact of Neurodiversity
- Explain How a Diagnosis Can Help Neurodiverse Couples
- Understand Treatment for Neurological Differences
- Gain Skill-Building Tools for Neurodiverse Couples to Enhance Communication & Emotional Connection
- Learn how to Address Intimacy and Sexuality in Neurodiverse Relationships
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Neurology Really Matters in Couples Therapy
- Explain why neurology matters when treating couples in therapy.
- List at least 3 reasons why Asperger’s can be difficult to recognize in neurodiverse couples.
- Describe the Myhill/Jekel Model for Working with Neurodiverse Couples in Therapy.
Recognizing Neurodiversity in a Couple
- Explain why it is important to recognize neurodiversity in a couple.
- List at least 3 common Asperger traits in a partner with an Asperger profile.
- Describe at least 3 common feelings of a neurotypical partner.
Overview of Asperger’s & Autism and Its Impact on a Couple
- Describe at least 4 Asperger/Autism Traits.
- List at least 3 strengths of Asperger/Autism.
- Explain the impact of at least 3 Asperger/Autism traits on a couple.
Asperger/Autism and Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions
- List at least 3 common co-occuring mental health conditions.
- Explain the difference between Asperger/Autism and at least 2 diagnoses from the DSM 5.
Understanding the Impact of Neurodiversity
- Explain why it is important to reframe a couple as neurodiverse when working with them in couples therapy.
- List at least 3 ways you would adjust your treatment approach when you are treating a neurodiverse couple.
- Describe how to act as an interpreter for both partners in a neurodiverse couple.
How a Diagnosis Can Help Neurodiverse Couples
- Describe how understanding the autism spectrum can help a relationship.
- Explain how understanding the autism spectrum can help a therapist.
Treating for Neurological Differences
- Explain why it’s important to set up a supportive environment.
- Describe a tool to help couples with perspective taking.
- Explain what it means to skill-build and problem-solve through an Asperger lens to resolve issues.
Skill-Building Tools for Neurodiverse Couples to Enhance Communication & Emotional Connection
- Describe three skill-building tools for helping neurodiverse couples enhance communication skills and build emotional connection.
- Explain how using skill-building tools address Asperger traits, and help neurodiverse couples communicate and understand each other.
Addressing Intimacy and Sexuality in Neurodiverse Relationships
- Explore the importance of intimacy and sexuality in neurodiverse relationships.
- Identify this as an area of focus in couples therapy.
- Assess how this plays a role in a couple’s relationship.
- Create solutions to improve connectedness and intimacy.
Case Study: Practice Exercise and Online Discussion
- Explain how Asperger traits impacted the partner with an Asperger profile, the neurotypical partner, and their relationship.
- Describe the experiences of the neurotypical partner, and how they aresimilar toother neurotypical spouses.
- Explain why a structured conversation using skill-building tools is helpful for neurodiverse couples.