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Neurodiversity - Online Conference

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Explore science-based strategies for unlocking the full potential of differently wired brains.

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When it was first published in 1952, the DSM listed 100 types of mental disorders.

By the year 2000, that number had tripled.

How did this happen?

Are we really becoming more mentally “disordered” as a population? Or might our basic assumptions about what is “normal” (and what isn’t) be wrong?

For too long, the medical model of mental health has viewed variations in brain functioning as “disabilities” that need to be “cured”, rather than as unique potentialities, which, if harnessed, could lead to greater thriving both for those who have them, and for society as a whole.

Neurodiversity (ND) is a paradigm-shifting concept that challenges how we think about the brain.

Instead of viewing large segments of the population as suffering from mental “disorders”, neurodiversity suggests that we embrace these differences in cognitive functioning, and emphasise their positive aspects, so that we can harness the unique potentiality of every individual.

So, in this online conference, we’ll explore science-based strategies for unlocking the potential of a wide range of differently wired brains.


  • Neurodiversity & Psychotherapy; why the medical model of mental health is limiting and disempowering for both clients and therapists, how to work in a neurodiverse-affirmative way with a wide range of individuals, and best practices for relating to, and supporting ND clients to improve outcomes in therapeutic practice – Allison Haynes
  • Neurodiversity & Optimal Learning; how to understand your own unique profile of cognitive, social, and emotional strengths, and how to develop learning strategies and environments tailored to your situation, so that you can optimise your learning, and unlock the full potential of your mind – Dr Devon MacEachron
  • Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person; the fascinating science behind the ‘high sensitivity’ trait (which has been found in up to 20% of the human population and more than 100 species), why many great creatives, thinkers and artists are HSP, and evidence-based approaches for turning your sensitivity into a superpower – Alane Freund

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.


Neurodiversity & Psychotherapy - Allison Haynes

Allison Haynes (MPsych Ed/Dev) is an Autistic/ADHD psychologist, who was driven to study psychology when she became frustrated with the lack of support for her autistic children. She has been a practicing clinician in private practice for 10 years, and now owns a successful ND affirmative therapy clinic, in Brisbane, Australia. Her clinic, Left of Centre Therapies, has a fast growing team, with all clinicians either being ND, or closely related to an ND family member. Left of Centre is an educational practice, where provisional psychologists gain top quality training and support in practicing in the ND space, a much-needed service to the community.

Her clinic has been nominated for multiple awards, and Allison has plans to expand nationally. LOC’s mission statement is: “If anyone walks into our clinic and feels uncomfortable, we are doing something wrong.” Left of Centre works hard to make each session a safe space for ND individuals to be able to unmask, and explore their authentic selves. In her spare time, Allison is writing her autobiography about raising autistic boys, while coming to the realisation that she, herself is autistic.

Neurodiversity & Optimal Learning - Dr Devon MacEachron

Dr. Devon MacEachron is a licensed psychologist in New York City with a private practice informed by the positive psychology and neurodiversity movements. She conducts neuropsychological assessments designed to uncover each individual’s profile of strengths and weaknesses as a learner in order to provide an action plan that simultaneously develops strengths and interests while remediating and accommodating weaker skills.

She is especially knowledgeable about neurodiverse, twice-exceptional, and gifted learners, whose strengths can camouflage their weaknesses, resulting in unexpectedly weaker performance than ability and considerable frustration, anxiety, and often depression. She has a social media presence where she talks about neurodiversity, the advantages of being wired differently, challenging neuromyths, parenting, achievement, and success.

Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person - Alane Freund

Alane Freund, LMFT, has three decades of experience in mental health including her work as a consultant, speaker, and psychotherapist for highly sensitive people. An International Consultant on High Sensitivity (ICHS), Ms. Freund has developed and implemented programs for highly sensitive people, children, families, and the clinicians who serve them. She holds Masters’ degrees in both clinical psychology and school counseling and is the parent of a highly sensitive young adult. Ms. Freund’s Talk at Google, Understanding the Highly Sensitive Person, is widely viewed, and she hosts the twice monthly “Are You Highly Sensitive LIVE” Q&A webinars. She leads groups and retreats, including Sensitivity Circles for parents, professionals, HSPs in relationships, Sensitive & Anxious Teens, and Wise Women & Wonder Workshops and retreats include HSP University Weekends, and the HSPs & Horses™ both online and in person. Alane Freund can be reached for consultation or speaking through her website, alanefreund.com or via her YouTube channel: Alane Freund LMFT.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Event Schedule

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Neurodiversity & Psychotherapy - Allison Haynes
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Neurodiversity & Optimal Learning - Dr Devon MacEachron
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person - Alane Freund


How does the Online Video Conference Work?

After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

What if I miss part of one of the lectures? Will I have access to the recordings?

Yes, the recordings will be emailed to all ticket-buyers (even those who can't attend on the day) approximately one hour after each lecture finishes.

This means that if you miss anything, you'll be able to catch up in your own time.

If you have any further questions, please email support@theweekenduniversity.com for more information.

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Who is this event for?

You might be:

  • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
  • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
  • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
  • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

TWU Guarantee

The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience.

If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

Refund Policy

We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the event date.

For cancellations in the week leading up to the event, tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

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