Therapist Neurodiversity Collective


Licensed and/or credentialed neurodiversity-affirming therapists* are eligible for a Therapist Neurodiversity Collective membership if they agree to practice by the Collective’s guidelines.

(*e.g. Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, LCSW, Mental Health Counselor, Psychologist, etc.) 

A membership designed for Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapists! Join us and get access to these resources:

☑ Innovative, evidence-based, and neurodiversity-focused education and training in live professional development courses and via on-demand webinars.

☑ Every course includes helpful handouts and an individualized, dated, and time-stamped certificate of attendance that most credentialing organizations will count towards professional development hours.

☑ Active vetted members can list their neurodiversity-affirming therapy practice in the Collective’s Online Directory. There is no fee to be listed in the directory. People are actively seeking out neurodiversity-affirming therapists. Help them find you!

Upcoming Neurodiversity-Affirming Live Courses!

Exclusive Access to Live Educational Events

Become a member and gain priority entry to all of our upcoming live courses. Receive personalized, date-and-time-stamped certificates of attendance to demonstrate earned professional development hours.

Unlimited Access to Neurodiversity-Focused Professional Development Webinars

As a member, unlock a wealth of knowledge with our on-demand, neurodiversity-aligned educational courses. You’ll get personalized, dated certificates of attendance to demonstrate earned professional development hours. Additionally, members have exclusive access to our webinar library of past events not available to the public.

Members-Only Updates from Therapist Neurodiversity Collective

Join our community and stay informed with exclusive communications from the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, tailored just for our members.

Curated Neurodivergent-Affirming Research Resources

Dive into a meticulously selected collection of research studies, white papers, and scholarly articles, all organized by topic and focused on informing neurodivergent-affirming practices. These resources are available exclusively for your non-commercial research and private educational enrichment.

Engage in Human Rights Advocacy and Activism

Take a stand with us! As a member, you’ll have opportunities to participate in meaningful human rights advocacy and activism campaigns.

List Your Practice on Our Provider Directory

After passing our practice vetting, proudly list your practice in the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective’s provider directory at no cost. We’re committed to offering free public access to neurodivergent-affirming therapists who share our ethics and values.

The Therapist Neurodiversity Collective Directory page receives thousands of organic visitors every month, and TNDC receives emails almost weekly from people in search of a truly neurodiversity-affirming therapy provider in their area.

If you are a trauma-informed, neuro-affirming therapy provider, help them find YOU by listing your practice in the Directory.

A therapy practice may be listed in the TNDC website directory at no cost if the practice owner is a member of the Collective and agrees that all therapists within the practice will uphold TNDC’s ethics and values.

The Neurodiversity Movement is a Human Rights & Social Justice Movement.

Commercializing neurodiversity trivializes what the neurodiversity movement is all about, and distorts its message and its causes. Performative neurodiversity overshadows genuine activism and shifts attention away from advocating for the rights and acceptance of neurodivergent humans.

We are deeply committed to the principles of the Neurodiversity Movement, prioritizing the well-being and rights of people above profit-making. Our goal is to ensure that every therapist has access to this crucial information, empowering them to make a positive impact in their practice.

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective strives to offer high-quality, cost-effective neurodiversity-affirming education that will impact meaningful change in therapy practices, and improve and enhance the mental well being and quality of life for our clients, students, and patients.

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective members champion

  • Human Rights
  • Disability Rights
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • CMS and World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Rights and Standards
  • Medical, Hospital, Residential Patient Rights
  • Student Rights
  • Children’s Rights
  • International AAC Rights

What do we think about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), PBS, and Exposure Therapies (ERP, CBT, DBT)?🤔

The use of ABA, behavioral-based, compliance-focused approaches and exposure practices in therapeutic practices are entirely unacceptable to us, including: 

❌ The use of ABA or behavioral/compliance-based models or techniques in therapy practices, or the use of positive reinforcement. There are better ways to address behavior and therapy.

❌ Therapy goals with outcomes of desensitization, tolerance, or extinction.

❌ Therapy goals or programs designed for neuronormative social or sensory outcomes (training autistic people to mask their sensory systems, monotropic interest systems, anxiety, etc.)

❌ Therapies that employ the techniques of Exposure Therapy (any form of “tolerance” or “extinction”, in Vivo and Flooding, Imaginal), including CBT with exposure or tolerance therapy components, ERP, DPT, sensory system desensitization, or any type of operative conditioning or respondent conditioning (behavior modification through conditioning)

❌ Therapy goals for programs for social skills training. We practice differently.

Neurodiversity-affirming therapists reject compliance-based behavioral approaches or any form of ABA and do not provide therapy services for neuronormative social skills training.

Collective member applicants agree to abandon the following treatment frameworks:

  • Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs)
  • Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT; Koegel et al., 2016) – NDBI
  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM; Rogers & Dawson, 2020) – NDBI
  • Joint AttentionSymbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation (JASPER; Kasari et al., 2006) – NDBI
  • Incidental Teaching (McGee, 2005) – NDBI
  • Project Improving Parents as Communication Teachers (Project ImPACT; Ingersoll & Wainer, 2013). – NDBI
  • PECS® 
  • ABA + relationship-based therapy (ABA used in conjunction with DIRFloortime, SCERTS, Hanen, or similar.)
  • Verbal Behavior (VB)
  • The Lovaas Approach
  • Pivot Response Treatment (PRT)
  • Natural Language Paradigm (NLP)
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)
  • Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI)
  • ABA Derived Errorless Learning Therapy Models
  • Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI)
  • Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
  • Social Thinking®
  • The PEERS® Program
  • Social Skills video modeling with the intent for the Autistic person to mimic Neurotypical Social Skills, and mask Autistic characteristics
  • Any neurotypical Social Skills training program that teaches Autistic masking or has goals for Neurotypical Social Skills outcomes