Unpacking Neurodiversity and Ableism Study Group for Healers (Austin, Texas).

Presenter: Robert Jason Grant Ed.D, LPC, NCC, RPT-S and Marshall Lyles LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S
Date: July 19, 20, and 21, 2025 (9 am – 4:30 pm daily with 1.5 hour lunch break)
Location: The Workshop, 300 Allen St., Austin, TX 78702
CE Hrs: No CE’s for this study group, just awesome learning!
Registration: Marshall Lyles Workshop

Description:
Disability, Neurodivergent, Chronic Illness, those that divergent from the societal standard for what is “normal”, “right”, or the “way to be” find themselves susceptible to the systemic and individual perpetuation of ableist beliefs and processes. Our collective understanding of neurodivergent and disability-related concepts holds varied, and sometimes intense, opinions and emotions. With all the potential inclusivity offered by affirming movements to embrace the umbrella of differences among humans, we still have to unshackle ourselves from ableist entrenchment in order to fully embrace the freedom offered by an understanding of inclusive and appreciative ideals.

This 3-day, in person study group for healers will address ableism and provide opportunities for exploration through experiential activities and guided dialogue. Focal points of exploration will include ableism through a cultural humility lens, understanding systemic ableism, neurodivergence, and disability terminology and constructs, awareness of and introspective wok on ableist beliefs (are you ableist?), masking, the social model of disability, micro and macro aggressions, moving from ableism to affirming, being affirming in application, advocacy, and creating an ongoing action plan. 

What to Expect: Three full days of a deep exploration study group style. This will include personal reflective exercises, expressive exercises, small group activity, multi-sensory creation and expression, large group processing, and resource sharing. All expressive materials will be provided and breakfast and afternoon snacks are included.

Who Should Attend: Healers (all neurotypes) who work in a variety of settings serving neurodivergent children and adults which may include (but is not limited to) educators, mental health practitioners, medical professionals, case managers, clergy, etc.