Tucson Behavioral Health Professionals Networking Breakfast

Understanding Neurodiversity: A Competency-Focused Approach


Friday, June 7th, 2024


Westward Look Resort
245 E. Ina
Tucson, AZ 85704

Fee: $32 per person, No walk-ins Accepted


  • Check In: 8:15-8:45am
  • Networking:  8:45-9:00am
  • Breakfast Served: 8:30-10:00am
  • Presentation: 9:00-10:30am
  • Networking: 10:30-11:00am


Take a dive into what it means to be neurodivergent, and learn some of the ways neurodivergence presents in our clients’ daily lives. This presentation will provide guidance for ways to integrate neurodivergent sensitivity into your treatment planning. Using the biopsychosocial approach, view behavior in context, identify the contextual factors impacting neurodivergent clients, and learn to connect with them in an affirming and validating way. Using a competency-focused approach, reduce clinician frustration and burnout, and
allow clients the space they need to show competency in their own way.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 2 separate interpersonal presentations of Neurodiversity
  • Apply a biopsychosocial lens to the challenges of neurodivergent clients
  • Learn what it means to be an affirming and competency-focused therapist with neurodivergent clients.


Ashley Clark, MA MFT, MS Psychology, LAMFT, is the practice manager and clinician at Blue Door Psychotherapy. Ashley uses a culturally competent, collaborative and solution-focused approach to working with individuals and families. Ashley specializes in families who are challenged by medical complexities, disabilities, and/or developmental delays. Ashley welcomes clients from a variety of life experiences and practices from an antiracist, queer, and neurodivergent affirming lens.

Please contact Nicole Velasco— NVelasco@DesertStarARC.com with questions.

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