Neurodiversity and Social Justice with Dr. Joel Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Soles present Neurodiversity and Social Justice, a program focused on helping psychologists view diagnoses such as ADHD and Autism as examples of neurodiversity rather than focusing solely on deficits. Drs. Schwartz and Soles posit that instead of marginalizing various individuals due to social constructs related to one particular way of thinking or moving through the world, embracing a strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming paradigm restores justice and well-being to these individuals. This program specifically explores how psychologists can utilize the neurodiversity paradigm and a strengths-based intervention approach to improve their client’s mental health and reduce their client’s sense of shame or low self-esteem. Dr. Schwartz addresses how to write an assessment report that is strengths-based while still documenting the needs of a client for them to have access to any needed services or accommodations. Lastly, the limitations of behavioral approaches to working with neurodivergent clients are discussed.

Continuing Education

This Podcast Episode Provides 1 Hour of CE Credit

Course Description

Dr. Tamara Soles explores Neurodiversity as social justice with Dr. Joel Schwartz, an ADHDer psychologist. Presentation explores how working from a strengths-based model can free neurodivergent clients from shame and what clinicians and non-clinicians can do to help move the neurodiversity paradigm forward. Find out how ADHD may be linked to nomadic culture and how the social model of disability can shift therapists’ approach in ways that can unlock new, healthy paths for our clients.

Instructor's bio

Dr. Joel Schwartz is a Clinical Psychologist at Total Spectrum Counseling and owner of Schwartz Neurodiversity Services. He provides therapy and psychological testing for the misunderstood. Dr. Joel goes the extra mile (or twelve) to understand and validate parts of clients they have deep shame about. This involves rediscovering deeply buried strengths and capacities and radically embracing differences. Joel also provides coaching, continuing education, and collaborative services around neurodiversity issues.
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Learning Objectives

  • Describe neurodiversity as a social justice issue
  • Apply a strengths-based approach to clinical work with neurodivergent clients
  • Evaluate the limitations of behavioral approaches to neurodivergent clients

How to Take the Course

Once you choose a course that interests you, simply click the enroll button to register for the course. You will be prompted to create your login information and then be directed to the course curriculum where you will have access to the episode, the learning objectives, and the post-test. Once you successfully complete the post-test, your CE certificate will appear on screen and can be downloaded. You can listen to the course episode directly on the course website or on your favourite podcast app.

How to Get Your Certificate

After listening to the course episode, you will be prompted to take the multiple choice post-test. To receive your continuing education credit certificate, you need to achieve a score of 70% of more. You may retake the post-test up to three times. Once successfully completed, the certificate will appear in your course area where you can download it.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this course. Dr. Joel Schwartz has a free Facebook group for therapists


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Course Format

This course is presented in audio format via podcast interview. The course is designed for post-doctoral psychologists and is an introductory level.

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Continuing Education Approvals

Dr. Tamara Soles is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Dr. Tamara Soles maintains responsibility for the program. Verify with your State or Provincial governing body to ensure APA and CPA approved activities are eligible. *Note: Not currently eligible for OPQ.

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