The Relevance of Minority Stress, Intersectionality, and Community Connectedness for Affirmative Therapeutic Practice
This one-hour evidence-based DEI presentation will provide learners with greater insight into the roles of minority stress and marginalization and their impact on autistic and wider-neurodivergent mental health, well-being, and quality of life outcomes, and recommendations to improve lived experiences.
Target audience: Mental Health Counselors, other Therapists, Educators, Higher Learning Academic Personnel, Human Resources Managers, and the Autistic and Non-Autistic General Public
Receive: Session worksheet with a detailed summary, session slides, a handout with citations, and Certificate of Attendance
Important: The topics in this talk are very sensitive in nature. Dr. Botha will touch upon autistic and wider-neurodivergent suicidality, self-harm, and victimization. There are resources included at the end of the presentation should anyone need support or advice.
Dr. Monique Botha (They/Them)
Dr. Monique Botha is an autistic and ADHDer Community Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Stirling. Their research predominantly focuses on the role of minority stress and marginalization in explaining mental health, well-being, and quality of life for neurodivergent people, and furthermore, how social structures (including research) can perpetuate and facilitate such marginalization. Prior to research, Monique worked as a social care worker with autistic people and their families, as well as in palliative care for young and middle-aged disabled adults. Lastly, Monique is a co-founder of the recently established Stigma and Autism Research Network, which aims to bring together people to address the systemic marginalization of autistic people through research and community action.