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Autism and Intimacy: Supporting Our Adult Autistic Clients in Connecting with Self and Others

  • 03/04/2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • TBD

Presentation Description

Many autistic adults have a desire to connect with themselves as well as others; however, they often struggle with socio-sexual cues, Theory of Mind challenges, and sensory sensitivities which impact their ability to do so. This and other autistic traits can, at times, lead to engaging in behavior that is maladaptive (e.g., compulsively viewing pornography, video gaming, isolation from loved ones). During this presentation, participants will learn the following:

1: The specific aspects of being on the autism spectrum that impact autistic adults in their connection with themselves and others

2: Simple mindfulness based CBT that assists autistic adults in their connection to self and loved ones

3- How therapists can create a culturally sensitive therapeutic setting where their autistic clients are able to practice the art of connection. 

About the Presenter

Candice Christiansen, M.Ed., LCMHC identifies as an autistic bisexual woman, a child sexual abuse survivor, a licensed clinician, and an autism and intimacy expert. She has dedicated the last 20 years working with neurodiverse individuals with attachment based disorders stemming from overt and covert developmental trauma. Her programs, Namasté Center for Healing and The Global Prevention Project® are internationally known for providing outreach, psycho-education, and therapeutic support to cisgender, transgender, agender, and nonbinary non-autistic and autistic individuals who have a variety of intimacy issues. Candice consults and trains legal professionals, clinicians, sex offender providers, inpatient and intensive programs, and organizations around the world on the accurate treatmment of autistic adults who struggle with intimacy disorders. She is often hired by defense teams to provide her expertise to courts across the United States surrounding Autism Spectrum and sexual offenses. Candice enjoys sharing time in Utah and Maui where she and her hubby love to paddle board, snorkel, hike, and play on the beach.

About Registration:

To aid WPP in managing our webinar format and our new CEU program, we are now requiring registration for WPP webinar events. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the Zoom webinar, the passcode required to join the webinar, and the survey you will need to complete and return to be eligible for CEU credit. Please note that you will have one week to complete and return the survey and that you must correctly answer the quiz question, demonstrating your attendance, to be eligible for CEU credit.

About CEUs:

This event is pending for CEUs by the following organizations:

  • National Association of Social Workers – Utah Chapter
  • Utah Association of Clinical Mental Health Counselors
  • Utah Psychological Association
  • Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


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