Off you go! Strategies for Promoting Healthy Independence in Neurodiverse Young Adults



WEBINAR | April 28, 2021, noon - 1:30 p.m. ET
Instructor:  Sharon Saline, Psy.D.
CEs: 2 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 
Level: Intermediate

The journey from adolescence to adulthood has always had many challenges but the COVID pandemic makes it even more daunting for Generation Z. Whether neurodiverse young people are facing high school or college graduations, many of them can’t seem to take the next step and move into an independent, satisfying adulthood they desire. Instead, they seem stalled by executive functioning challenges that are often combined with anxiety, depression, substance abuse or other co-occurring conditions—particularly related to COVID restrictions. Resentful of the efforts of their well-intended but sometimes overbearing parents, neurodiverse teens may struggle to navigate effectively during this complex stage of human development. In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline will offer you a comprehensive framework for understanding emerging adulthood. She will describe innovative, practical  tools to help clients balance their growing autonomy with appropriate levels of family engagement. She will describe how to foster key executive functioning skills that are critical for self-management, how to offer techniques for coping with the stress of "adulting" and how to intervene with challenging parents. Participants will leave with a clearer picture of extended adolescence and practical approaches to prepare your clients for the next chapter of their lives.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Synchronous webinar with lecture and Q&A

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software and login information is sent shortly after registration. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by March 1, 2021: $40
Regular registration by April 27, 2021: $50

CEs: 2 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe developmental milestones in transitioning to adulthood.
  2. Identify tools for managing co-occurring mental health conditions while fostering resilience.
  3. List interventions geared specifically for the challenges of neurodiverse learners including self-advocacy. 
  4. Define critical executive functioning skills related to ‘adulting.’
  5. Explain the parameters of connected independence to set appropriate family boundaries while maintaining positive family communication. 
  • Noon - 12:05 p.m. ET          Introduction
  • 12:05 - 12:20 p.m. ET           Identification of Neurodiverse learners and their specific developmental challenges in the transition to adulthood
  • 12:20 - 12:40 p.m. ET           Assess co-occurring mental health conditions, create useful interventions and foster resilience.
  • 12:40 - 12:50 p.m. ET           Q&A
  • 12:50 - 1:15 p.m. ET             Examine executive functioning skills critical for self-management and strategize effective coping strategies. 
  • 1:15 - 1:35 p.m. ET               Explore appropriate levels of parental participation and help young adults set clear boundaries.
  • 1:35 - 2 p.m. ET               Conclusion and Q&A

About the Instructor:

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of the award-winning book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life, specializes in how ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues affect children, teens, young adults and families. Her unique perspective, namely growing up in a household with a sibling who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate the confusing maze of information, emotions, stress and conflict related to ADHD. She helps them appreciate the positive aspect of living with ADHD and create successful dialogues, interventions and connections. Saline has also worked extensively with schools on mental health issues in the classroom, interpreting psychological evaluations and improving teacher/parent communication. As an internationally sought-after lecturer and workshop facilitator known for combining her expertise in psychology with a background in theater, she addresses a variety of topics such as understanding ADHD and executive functioning, new tools for managing anxiety, making sense of the teen brain and working with different kinds of learners. Saline is a regular columnist for and She is a part-time lecturer for Smith College School for Social Work Professional Education. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, she received her master’s degree in psychology from New College of California and her doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University.

Completion Requirements for Webinars

Webinars (referred to as live interactive webinar by ASWB) are synchronous lectures with a moderated Q&A at the end. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the webinar. For webinars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom and participants must complete an evaluation and successfully pass a post test with a score of at least 80 percent. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to online evaluations and post tests will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the webinar evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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