Autism and Gender Variance: Clinical Considerations

Presented by Kate McNulty, LCSW

This program was recorded live on Friday, January 26th, 2024

Access provided upon registration on “My Courses page.

Literature and clinical practice reflect growing evidence of the overlap between autism and gender variance. Autistic people experience non-conforming identities such as trans, non-binary and other forms of gender flexibility in greater numbers than the general population. This trend suggests that clinicians have an ethical obligation to recognize and identify these vulnerable clients, who present in therapy with a variety of indistinct symptoms. These clients may seek services without fully recognizing their own inner experience and may not have language for expressing their needs.

This class will include current terminology and concepts in use among autistic and gender-variant people. Participants will examine social biases and clinical misconceptions. We will review techniques for exploring sensitive topics with tact and ease. This training will help prepare you to deliver informed services to this client base through case presentation examples of gender-questioning clients; the array of gender expressions you may encounter in your practice; autistic identity and how it relates to gender; and pertinent resources for this type of client.

Access provided upon registration on “My Courses page.

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists, 2.0 IL CEUS for Counselors and Social Workers, 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs, or 2.0 AASECT CEs for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.