Fostering Well-Being in Autistic Girls and Women

Dori Zener, MSW, RSW

Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1, 2022

This two-day event will offer practical insights for professionals to better understand how to support autistic girls and women. Girls and women are often overlooked in autism research, clinical training and service provision. Due to difficulties reading social cues, autistic girls and women, in general, are disproportionately victims of bullying, sexual assault and abusive relationships. Mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, panic, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and addictions are exacerbated by the lack of awareness of the needs of women and girls. By shedding light on their experiences and providing practical strategies, we can support autistic girls and women to thrive.

Recording available for one month after the live stream

Day 1 – The INVEST Model – Case Studies

The INVEST model [Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen and Thrive], developed by Dori Zener, identifies the essential elements to promote well-being. Using a series of case studies from her own practice, Dori will illustrate how educators, clinicians and family members can use practical strategies to better support autistic girls and women.

Day 2 – Panel Discussion and Q & A – ‘Ask a Therapist’

Featuring a panel of autistic women discussing their lived experience, moderated by Dori Zener. The ‘Ask a Therapist’ session that follows will provide an opportunity for autistic youth and adults, and their families, to have their questions answered by Dori Zener.

View in-person or web streaming registration below for learning outcomes, schedules, group discounts, and more.

Early-bird rate ends June 30th at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Participant Comments

Comments from past workshops with Dori Zener:

This is the first time I’ve felt truly seen by a professional. Thank you so much for the clear and well-formulated way you explain these things that I’ve never been able to put words to.

Autistic woman

Very relevant topic with a lot of evidence-based info. I appreciated the amount of practical info and strategies presented.


The compassion, commitment & knowledge of the presenter is absolutely amazing!