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June UnLearn and Learn Session: Neurodiversity with Wendy McGuire

Thursday, June 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

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CNAR – June UnLearn and Learn Session: Neurodiversity

June 13, 2024 at 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

What is now known as the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (“CNAR”) was established in 2003 as a federation of national organizations whose provincial and territorial members are responsible for protecting the public through self-regulation.

Today, CNAR connects Canada’s provincial and national regulators, licensing boards, accrediting agencies, examining bodies, and government officials at all levels to discuss challenges, share ideas and develop best practices related to a wide range of issues relevant to organizations engaged in the self-regulation of professions and occupations.

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Wendy McGuire

In this session, Wendy McGuire (MSW, RSW, PhD), Owner of Scattergram Counselling and Consulting, will support regulators’ learning journey on neurodiversity. Wendy is a former professor of social work, a mom, friend, colleague, teacher, and therapist to neurodivergent people of all ages and walks of life. Unable to access effective services for her own neurodivergent family members and lacking a model for providing these services in her group therapy practice, she combined her academic knowledge and lived experience to build a new framework for neurodiversity-affirming care called the A.C.C.E.P.T. Program™.

Wendy will provide regulators with neurodiversity-affirming knowledge and tools based on her practice model and professional experience. Attendees will learn about:

  • key concepts about neurodiversity;
  • barriers the neurodivergent population faces in accessing neurodiversity-affirming professional services;
  • the paradigm shift from the perception of neurodivergence as disorder to difference and why this matters;
  • differences between neurotypical and neurodivergent operating systems (brains and nervous systems) and communication styles; and
  • steps that regulatory bodies can take to be neurodiversity-affirming, accessible, and inclusive. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with Wendy throughout the session and during a Q&A.


Date: June 13, 2024
Time: 12 pm ET – 1:30 pm ET
Venue: Virtual (Zoom link to be provided to registrants closer to the event date)
Pricing: FREE for members and Partners; $50/person for non-members
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Thursday, June 13
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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