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Continuing Education
Complex Minds and Bodies: When Chronic Illness and Neurodivergence Overlap

When: Friday, October 4, 2024 - 9am-noon PST / noon-3pm EST

Where: This training will be held virtually on Zoom

Event Description:

There is a significant overlap between chronic illness and neurodivergence, whether it is ADHD, Autism, or another mental illness. This presentation will discuss the current theories as to why there is an overlap, how to consider all the complexities of a human while working with them in a therapeutic setting, and how to help clients navigate the challenges of having both. 

Presenter: Kerry Heckman, MSW, LICSW

Learning Objectives:

After attending this continuing education opportunity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and define the terms neurodiversity and neurodivergence and statistics related to the overlap of neurodivergence and chronic illnesses.

  2. Be able to name three clinical strategies to help clients with neurodivergence and chronic illness.

CEUs: This program has been approved for 3 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

*For clinicians not located in Washington state, please note you will need to check with your state's licensing board to see if this program will meet the continuing education requirements in your state. We welcome you to join us!


$100 - Psychologists (PhDs)

$90 - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSWs), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) *also includes associate level clinicians

$60 - Students

*After registering, if you'd like to make a donation in addition to your registration fee in support of the chronic illness community, please visit our Donate page.

Please reach out to us at or 425-296-2705 if you will need accommodations during this virtual training. 

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Past Continuing Education Events
It’s Not in Your Head: A Trauma and Social Justice Informed Approach to Chronic Illness Care - Friday, January 26, 2024
Holding Space for People Living with Chronic Conditions: Mindfulness Based Clinical Concepts, Understandings, and Practices - Friday, February 3, 2023
Managing Chronic Pain: Therapeutic Strategies for Chronic Illness Mental Health Professionals - Friday, December 2, 2022
Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Promoting Wellness for Chronic Illness Mental Health Professionals - Friday, May 6, 2022
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