SBCAMFT CE Event: Making Sense of the Neurodiverse Child

  • April 12, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Online, Zoom


  • This special discounted rate is a SB CAMFT member benefit available to current members of the Santa Barbara CAMFT Chapter.
  • This is the SBCAMFT rate for pre-licensed and student/trainee members.
  • This is the standard rate for non- SB CAMFT members and guests.

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Making Sense of the Neurodiverse Child

Who: SBCAMFT members and Non-SBCAMFT members  (Join now!)

Where: Online, Zoom

When: Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

What: Making Sense of the Neurodiverse Child

The concept of neurodiversity captures the reality that variation is not a flaw but rather a feature of being human. However, from classrooms to workplaces, neurotypical individuals design systems and structures for neurotypical individuals. Unfortunately, for those with neurodiverse profiles, conformity often comes at a high price. There are many facets of an individual's unique wiring. Top-down and bottom-up; internal vs. external aspects of any moment make up an individual's experience. Accepting and respecting their particular profile is essential to nurturing the growth of self-acceptance, problem-solving, and self-care. This presentation offers a framework for laying out what is going on and a roadmap that supports respectful, responsive, and developmentally appropriate guidance.

Cost: $10 for Student/Associate members, $20 for SBCAMFT members and $25 for all State CAMFT members and $30 for Non-SBCAMFT members (Join now!)

About the Presenter: 

Dr. Debra Kessler

Dr. Kessler holds dual licenses in psychology and nursing in the state of California. She engaged in post-doctoral training at the Child Development Institute, which specializes in treating early childhood developmental challenges, while she concurrently completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center. In addition to her skills in traditional psychotherapy and play therapy, she has sought out additional training in sensory integration, Neurofeedback (Othmer method), EMDR, Floortime (DIR and Stanley Greenspan M.D.), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Attachment-Focused Treatment for Childhood Trauma and Abuse (Daniel Hughes Ph.D.) and Collaborative Problem Solving (Ross Greene Ph.D.). She has contributed to Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Relationship-Based Therapies: A Neurorelational Framework for Interdisciplinary Practice (a book written by Connie Lillas, Ph.D., Janiece Turnbull, Ph.D.).

In collaboration with the family, Dr. Kessler works to address a range of developmental and emotional issues, including adoption/attachment difficulties, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, autism/Asperger’s, ADHD, learning challenges, regulatory difficulties, and other issues that interfere with a child or individual reaching their potential. When treating children, therapy is provided with the awareness that a child exists within the context of their family. Therefore, parent work and work on the relationship between the child and his or her family are critical features of treatment. Additionally, when significant behavioral disruptions present in the home, the needs of siblings are considered. In addition to providing consultation to other therapists, Dr. Kessler has a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She continues to passionately explore and pursue treatment approaches to benefit the children, families, and adult individuals she cares for and contributes to the field by lecturing and blogging on topics including resilience in grief, siblings, parenting, and learning challenges.

Sponsored by Alsana and Mission Harbor Behavioral Health 

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Additional Notes Pertaining To Our Policy As A CE Provider:

1) This course has been designed for a mental health professional that include LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Also, Pre-licensed and Associate members may earn hours of experience for attending the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisor.

2) Refund/Cancellation Policy: Attendees may cancel registration and request a refund one week from the time of the event.

3) To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at

4) To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email

5) Course Completion Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.

6) Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

7) SB CAMFT provider number (57942).

8) Santa Barbara Chapter CAMFT is Approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and content.

9) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA accommodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA compliant.

Additional Information:

*This webinar will be available by Zoom. If you do not already have a free Zoom account, sign up for it today. The Zoom link will be emailed in advance of the webinar. The webinar will be a mixture of lecture and also Q&A.

For more information and online registration, click on the following link.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Kind regards,


Sponsored by Alsana and Mission Harbor Behavioral Health

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