How to Support Autistic Adults with Dating

Presented by Kate McNulty, LCSW

Friday, June 28, 2024

9-11am PT / 11am-1pm CT / 12-2pm ET

Event held online via Zoom, link to access provided upon registration.

Intimate relationships are a cornerstone of social support and strength for most people, but autistic adults encounter multiple barriers when dating and looking for a romantic partner. Widespread advice on this stage of adult development is not always applicable to autistic social norms; in fact, suggested behavioral strategies for dating conventions may be impossible for autistics to replicate.

Autistic people can, however, strengthen self-confidence and learn to take control of their dating experiences with affirmative support and a strategic approach, including negotiation of consent and intimacy.

Therapists can provide objective feedback, inform clients of self-care practices, prevent emotional setbacks and allow clients the sustained effort required in the dating process. During this session, participants will learn practical strategies for supporting autistic clients with their dating endeavors.

Zoom link will be available on course page in “My Courses” upon event registration. 

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.