May 17, 2020 Collab Salon: Neurodiversity and Narrative Practice

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  • May 17, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Neurodiversity and Narrative Practice

with Courtney  Olinger & Will Sherwin
San Diego, California

Sunday, May 17, 2020: 5pm NY time

What is your comfort level when working with someone who does not readily engage in conversation? What happens when a child is not quickly answering your questions? What do you do when the child is wandering the room and engaging in repetitive noises and actions? Will and Courtney will share some ways that Narrative approaches can be utilized to support Neurodiversity and engage children with diverse levels of skills and abilities. We will explore ways that children with communication challenges and/or differences in play development can be centered in the circulation of their preferred experiences, identity and connections.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Identify how a Narrative framework can support working with Neurodiversity
  2. Develop an understanding about the thinking and communication related to someone experiencing the world through neurodiversity
  3. Explore 2 ways to engage someone that is not so verbally motivated or capable


Courtney Olinger, PsyD is the Regional Director of Family Counseling for a neurology healthcare clinic, Cortica Inc., overseeing Family Wellness Counseling, which operates from a Narrative lens. Dr. Olinger received her Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) from the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University, San Diego.  Dr. Olinger is committed to supporting therapists to expand their skill sets to effectively work with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental differences. Since 2000, Dr. Olinger has worked with children, adolescents and adults with ASD and other neurodevelopmental conditions (ages 18 months to 70 years old). She has experience working with individuals of all levels of ability. Dr. Olinger is passionate about social-constructionism and post-structuralism and has been merging her previous training in principles of learning with Narrative practices. She also completed the Intensive year Narrative certificate training through Dulwich Centre in 2009. Dr. Olinger has had the privilege of mentoring several teams of therapists and behavioral providers who collaboratively worked together to address the needs of the family impacted by ASD and other similar conditions. Currently, in her role at Cortica, Dr. Olinger has the opportunity to lead the Family Wellness Team in their innovative efforts to support children and families in integration with the neurology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, speech therapy, and applied behavior analysis (ABA) teams.

Will Sherwin, LMFT is a Family Wellness Counselor at Cortica in San Diego working with children families with neurodevelopmental differences.  Will enjoys creative multimedia ways of engaging clients and communities.  Will also produced the narrative therapy podcast BANTR Radio at


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