CERTIFICATION 201: Course Description

Classes meet 8 times online with ZOOM, a video conference program, for 90 minutes, at times that participants work out with the instructor Grace Myhill.

Classes include case presentations from participants, lectures by Grace Myhill, MSW, on Treating Meltdowns and Developmental Delay, Q & A with a neurodiverse couple, and Q & A with neurodiverse couples therapist who specializes in Asperger's and sexuality.

CERTIFICATION 201: Bios of Course Instructors


Learn more about Grace Myhill, MSW

SECONDARY INSTRUCTOR for the Q & A session

Leslie Sickels, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in midtown Manhattan. She received her Master’s Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work and has received extensive trainings and certifications in CBT, DBT and trauma-informed practices. Leslie’s areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression and trauma. Leslie provides psychotherapy, which often includes building social skills, improving executive functioning and strengthening relationships. Much of her work focuses on gender and sexuality as they relate to the unique concerns of individuals with ASD. Along with individual and family counseling, Leslie provides counseling to neurodiverse couples, in which one partner has ASD. She supports couples in enhancing communication and working through challenges in their partnership. In addition to direct couples’ work, Leslie also provides supportive services, including consultation, training and coaching for family members, siblings and partners of individuals with ASD.

CERTIFICATION 201: Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:


  1. Explain how to apply the Myhill/Jekel model when working with your clients

  2. Describe how to address meltdowns in one or both partners in a neurodiverse relationship

  3. Explain at least 2 unique challenges when working with neurodiverse couples in therapy

  4. Describe at least 2 reasons why an adult with an Asperger profile to may appear developmentally younger than their chronological age

  5. Explain how developmentally delayed behaviors from a partner with an Asperger profile may affect their spouse and their relationship dynamics

  6. Identify Asperger traits in one of the partners in a neurodiverse couple

  7. Identify common traits of a neurotypical partner in one of the partners in a neurodiverse couple

  8. Apply a neurological lens to the root cause of a neurodiverse couple’s issues

  9. Use language that demonstrates an understanding of how neurodiversity impacts a couple

  10. Reference neurodiversity during a session with a client

  11. Interpret for each partner in a neurodiverse couple

  12. Validate and normalize for each partner based on their neurological profile

  13. Offer at least 2 concrete tools and strategies for challenges of a neurodiverse couple

  14. Describe how you can adjust your therapeutic approach when treating neurodiverse couples in therapy