Explore science-based strategies for unlocking the full potential of differently wired brains.
When it was first published in 1952, the DSM listed 100 types of mental disorders.
By the year 2000, that number had tripled.
How did this happen?
Are we really becoming more mentally “disordered” as a population? Or might our basic assumptions about what is “normal” (and what isn’t) be wrong?
For too long, the medical model of mental health has viewed variations in brain functioning as “disabilities” that need to be “cured”, rather than as unique potentialities, which, if harnessed, could lead to greater thriving both for those who have them, and for society as a whole.
Neurodiversity (ND) is a paradigm-shifting concept that challenges how we think about the brain.
Instead of viewing large segments of the population as suffering from mental “disorders”, neurodiversity suggests that we embrace these differences in cognitive functioning, and emphasise their positive aspects, so that we can harness the unique potentiality of every individual.
So, in this online conference, we’ll explore science-based strategies for unlocking the innate potential of a wide range of differently wired brains.
- Neurodiversity & Psychotherapy; why the medical model of mental health is limiting and disempowering for both clients and therapists, how to work in a neurodiverse-affirmative way with a wide range of individuals, and best practices for relating to, and supporting ND clients to improve outcomes in therapeutic practice – Allison Haynes
- Neurodiversity & Optimal Learning; how to understand your own unique profile of cognitive, social, and emotional strengths, and how to develop learning strategies and environments tailored to your situation, so that you can optimise your learning, and unlock the full potential of your mind – Dr Devon MacEachron
- Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person; the fascinating science behind the ‘high sensitivity’ trait (which has been found in up to 20% of the human population and more than 100 species), why many great creatives, thinkers and artists are HSP, and evidence-based approaches for turning your sensitivity into a superpower – Alane Freund