Navigating ASD in a Marital Relationship: Understanding Autistic People’s Unique Needs

Navigating ASD in a Marital Relationship: Understanding Autistic People’s Unique Needs

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Date(s) - 06/24/2023
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Continuing Education Course

Christian Counseling Centers presents “Navigating ASD in a Marital Relationship: Understanding Autistic People’s Unique Needs” taught by Dr. Lindsey Sneed, Ph.D., BCBA-D, on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. via webinar.

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide clinicians a general understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the unique neurological differences of people with ASD and how these differences present in the individuals day to day life and needs. This course will also provide clinicians with detailed descriptions of how ASD neuro-differences present in the context of a marital relationship in negative, neutral, and positive ways. It will also provide specific details regarding communication challenges, sensory differences, and social difficulties that arise within a neurodiverse marriage and proven strategies that will mitigate and support these differences for both the neurodiverse partner and neurotypical partner.

Educational Goals:

At the end of this workshop, clinicians will have a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorder and greater knowledge of how to support marital relationships when one partner is autistic and one partner is neurotypical.

Measurable Learning Objectives:

    • 1) Participants will list at least three core symptoms of ASD and how these can impact the marital relationship.
    • 2) Participants will describe two different communication challenges for autistic people and how this impacts therapeutic strategies.
    • 3) Participants will provide two ways they can support the autistic person in individual or couple’s therapy.
    • 4) Participants will synthesize the importance of a CBT approach with autistic people
    • 5) Participants will create a plan that includes at least 2 proven approaches to support the marital relationship when one partner is autistic and one partner is neurotypical.

Course meets the qualifcations for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Christian Counseling Centers is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (#64926). Christian Counseling Centers maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

About the Presenter

Dr. Sneed is a clinical psychologist and is the Vice President of Clinical Excellence for Catalight, a large non-profit behavioral health organization. In her work, Dr. Sneed provides clinical oversight and leadership to her organization. She also conducts applied research where she evaluates the efficacy of different models of care and assists in the development of new care models with a specialized interest in parent-mediated interventions, parental stress and parental self-efficacy. Dr. Sneed emphasizes the value of person-centered care that accentuates the self-determination of individuals and the whole family.

Dr. Sneed has been working in the field of behavioral health treatment, specifically supporting autistic individuals and people with other developmental disabilities, for 15 years and has been with Catalight for 11 years. Her experience includes direct implementation of applied behavior analysis, parent-mediated interventions, diagnostics, and CBT with youth and adults who are both neurodiverse and neurotypical. Dr. Sneed holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level. She also has a Master of Science in Applied Psychology and Master of Science in Educational Counseling.

Course Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session #1
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session #2

Time spent on breaks (including meal breaks) are not offered for continuing education credit. Course completion certificates will be awarded when participants sign-in/sign-out sheet, course evaluation and self-evaluation forms are submitted at the end of the course.

Fees & Payment

The course fee can be paid by Zelle using the email address or by check. Please make the check out to Christian Counseling Centers, and mail it to:

CE Program Administrator
1510 Fashion Island Blvd., #110
San Mateo, CA 94404.

Please send payment the day you register. Refunds are only granted if a written cancellation notice is received by the program administrator at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the course.

Special Needs

All requests for accommodations for special needs can be submitted in writing to the program administrator. Upon receiving the written request, the program administrator will make every effort to accommodate the request. A written response from the program administrator will be sent within 2 weeks of receiving the request.


All complaints or grievances can be submitted in writing to the program administrator, and/or to the CEPA Program Coordinator. The program administrator will respond in writing to the complaint or grievance within one week of receiving the submission.



Registration is closed for this event.