Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Pathological Demand Avoidance: Across the Lifespan and in the Therapy Room

  • 07/19/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • LA-CAMFT Members (Login Required)
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members (Must enter name of chapter)
  • Prelicensed Members of Other CAMFT Chapters
  • CSCSW Members (Must enter code to register)
  • Non-Members
  • Registration for event speakers, sponsors, others
  • Mentor
  • TOC Grant Award

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LA-CAMFT July 2024
including Q&A

Friday, July 19, 2024
9:00 am-11:00 am

11:00-11:30 am (optional)
Participant Announcements

Via Zoom

2 CE Credits

Pathological Demand Avoidance:
Across the Lifespan and in the Therapy Room

Tara Holmquist, PsyD

This is an illuminating virtual presentation on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), a complex profile within the autism spectrum. In this 90-minute session, we delve into the intricacies of PDA, exploring its distinct characteristics, challenges, and management strategies, as well as how it may manifest throughout one’s life. Participants can gain profound insights into the nuanced needs of individuals with PDA, fostering empathy and understanding. This presentation equips participants with practical tools to support individuals with PDA in various settings. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your knowledge and enhance your ability to provide effective support and intervention for clients of all ages.

Educational Goal:

This presentation will enhance participants’ understanding of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) within the autism spectrum and equip them with strategies to support individuals with PDA effectively. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the key characteristics and diagnostic criteria of PDA within the autism spectrum.
  2. Recognize the unique challenges faced by individuals with PDA in various contexts, including home, school, and social environments.
  3. Acquire practical strategies and approaches for effectively supporting individuals with PDA, including communication techniques, behavioral interventions, and environmental accommodations.

Tara Holmquist, PsyD (she/her) is an AuDHD + PDA clinical psychologist, advocate, and activist. She has worked in the mental health field for 18+ years, with seven of those years in private practice. Tara’s areas of specialty are in relational and attachment trauma, substance use, and neurodivergence. Her approach is specifically from an anti-oppressive, anti-capitalist lens with a focus on decolonization, liberation, and justice. Along with providing individual therapy to adults, Tara offers neurodiversity affirming evaluations of both Autism and ADHD. These evaluations are designed to be “peace of mind” evaluations that both professionally confirm one’s experience, and more importantly, affirm their identity from a strengths-based perspective.

For more information, contact Jenni J.V. Wilson.

Licensed Therapists, Associates, Students, & Related Professionals

Event Details: 
Friday, July 19, 2024, 9:00-11:00 am
8:30-9:00: Check-In
11:00-11:30 am  (optional) Participant Announcements

9:00 Meeting Begins
11:00 Presentation and Related Announcements End
11:30 (optional) Participant Announcements
11:00 Meeting Ends

Online Via Zoom

Your registration confirmation email will include the Zoom link and instructions for accessing the event.

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$25 for LA-CAMFT Members
Other CAMFT Chapter Members
CSCSW Members
$15 for Prelicensed Members of Other CAMFT Chapters
$15 for Prelicensed Members
$35 for Non-Members
$20 for Prelicensed Non-Members

2 CE Credits Provided

For anyone interested in expanding your professional networking opportunities, please join us from 11:00 to 11:30 and sign up to make an announcement when you register.

Registration closes Thursday, July 18 at 10:00pm.

Register Online today for a Quick & Easy Check-In.

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 2 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign in/out form and must complete form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE credit.

Refund policy: 48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $5.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency. Contact Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Grievances: Program Administrator, Di Wilson, LMFT, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate and remedy grievances. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact her at cfo@lacamft.org.

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