Autism, Asperger’s, and the Culture of Neurodiversity

Annette Becklund, MSW, LCSW 

This interactive workshop about Autism, Asperger’s, and “Neurotypicals” is designed to discuss treatment of various mental health and family issues within the context of the Autism and Asperger’s culture. Through interactive exercises, videos, and discussions with individuals on the Spectrum, clinicians will gain insightful perspectives which can be utilized in clinical practice and the classroom. This workshop is designed for the participants to learn from each other.


  • Define Autism, Asperger’s and Neurotypicals
  • Learn at least five new facts about individuals with Autism
  • Discuss possible family issues and treatment options
  • Reframe at least one personal perception regarding Autism
  • Increase awareness and understanding by hearing first-person perspectives of individuals on the Spectrum
  • Discuss neurodiversity and cultural implications within the context of treatment
  • Develop a plan to be culturally sensitive

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014                       Time: 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will begin at 9:00a.m. The training will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.


9:00-9:30am  Registration
9:30am          Program Begins
Interest Inventory
Defining Autism, Asperger’s, and Neurotypical Disorder
Video and Activity
Characteristics and Myths about Autism Activity
Sensory Issues
                               Lunch Break 
Treatment Options and Clinical Implications
Inside Out Perspectives
Dos and Don’ts
Wrap-up and Evaluations
4:30pm               Program Ends

Target Audience: Social workers (LSW, LCSW), school counselors, and other mental health professionals. This is an intermediate level training.

CEUs: Social workers and counselors will receive 6 clinical CEUs, including 3 cultural competence CEUs.

Annette L. Becklund, MSW, LCSW & Associates LLC, #1290, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Annette L. Becklund, MSW, LCSW & Associates maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/10/2014 – 02/10/2015. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

All participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the session. 

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Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed.
To register for the waiting list, please click here.

Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until October 17, 2014. After October 17th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $35 fee.  Course fees include materials and lunch. Cancellations must be made by Friday, October 31st. Refunds will be not be issued for registrations cancelled after October 31st.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on October 17th.

Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coodinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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