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Workshop Series for Adults on the Spectrum who are in Romantic Relationships

This six-session virtual workshop series presented by Foothill Autsim Alliance is for individuals on the autism spectrum who are in a romantic relationship. The workshop series will teach essential life skills including the social communication critical towards developing an emotionally and sexually healthy relationship. Participation of couples is highly encouraged.

Guest Speaker
Andrew Jung, M.A., is an Associate Family and Marriage Therapist with a Masters in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He is the Director of Programs for BLAST an organization providing Social Skills Training, Individual and Family Therapy. Andrew is a behavioral specialist working with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families for over 10 years. He conducts psycho-educational training for parents and social skills groups for children, teens and young adults on the spectrum. Andrew has also consulted with Foothill Autism Alliance and Spectrum League Social Club for adults.

Session #1: Behavior Exchange
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:30-8 p.m.
Couples will learn the basic meaning of behavior exchange and why it is important in the maintenance of a healthy relationship. Couples will gain a better understanding of behavior exchange and expectations: who does what in the relationship so that everyone feels comfortable about who is taking on specific tasks.

Session #2: Problem Solving Skills
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 6:30-8 p.m.
Couples will gain an understanding of why problem-solving skills are important in the maintenance of a healthy relationship. Couples will discuss with each other which problem-solving styles works best for their relationship. This session covers how each relationship handles conflict and disagreements. There is no right way to go about handling a disagreement, but it is important to come to an agreement on how problems are handled.

Session #3: Communication
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 6:30-8 p.m.
Couples will gain an understanding in various of communication styles and how to apply them to their relationships. It is important for both individuals in a relationship to have the ability to openly express themselves. Couples should work toward having open communication to avoid resentment so that the relationship can be honest and truthful.

Session #4: Navigating Families
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:30-8 p.m.
Couples will gain an understanding of what healthy boundaries are regarding families. Participants will explore their own personal boundaries with their partner’s families and identify positive and negative interactions between them. Couples will evaluate the boundaries that they have/have not set with family members and discuss possible boundaries to set.

Session #5: Intimacy
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30-8 p.m.
Participants will gain an understanding of what constitutes intimacy, as it may have many definitions based on certain perspectives. Couples will practice safely engaging in the level of intimacy agreed upon with their partner. All members in a relationship have expectations on what healthy intimacy should look like. It is important for each member to understand what the other wants and how to provide that for them without sacrificing their own comfort.

Session #6: Putting Theory into Practice
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 6:30-8 p.m.
It is important that couples and participants leave this session with a better understanding of what healthy relationship dynamics look like. By exploring the behavior exchange, communication, problem solving skills, and intimacy within their relationship, couples will move forward with the tools to create and foster successful relationships.

Flat Fee of $365.00 for the workshop series.
The workshop series is vendored by Lanterman Regional Center. Talk to your Service Coordinator. It may be available to clients of other Regional Centers as well. Inquire with your Regional Center Service Coordinator.
Vendor # PD3625

To Register
E-mail FAA at info@foothillautism.org or Call/Text 818.662.8847

Dates

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm — Event 4 of 6.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm — Event 5 of 6.

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm — Event 6 of 6.

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