Helping Autistic Clients Surviving Sexual Trauma

Presented by Kate McNulty, LCSW

Recorded on Friday, March 29th, 2024

Access provided upon registration on “My Courses page 

Autistic individuals, especially those with more severe disabilities, are more likely to be exposed to unwanted sexual content, violence, and victimization (Brown et al., 2017).   They also experience higher rates of bullying by peers and maltreatment by caregivers. This predisposes them to acquiesce to predatory behavior and to lack self-protective skills. 

Therapists who work with sexual victimization are likely to encounter this problem with autistic survivors and will benefit from specialized knowledge of effective approaches for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Identifying factors contributing to the vulnerability of autistic clients is necessary for mental health providers to provide optimal care. During this session participants will discuss methods to modify services for greater accessibility for autistic clients. Participants will then participant in collaborative case studies to assist in identifying the factors contributing to vulnerability and applying the various methods for making services more accessible for the autistic population.

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 Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.