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Apr 03

Population Focus Learning Series - Minds Matter: Exploring Neurodiversity Together

First Christian Church
6900 Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44721
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Apr 03, 2024 10:00am ET - Apr 03, 2024 12:30pm ET

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Who Should Attend: Open


Description: Neurodiversity refers to the recognition and acceptance of neurological differences in individuals, emphasizing the diversity of the human brain. This training will dive into perspectives vs. reality, and how it varies among all humans. The neurodiverse category has an added twist on the day to day because not all brains operate the same. We will explore the connection between neurodiversity & behavioral health, advocacy, and appropriate ways to support people differently, with curiosity and openness. These modifications in providing support will help construct a cohesive society where we interact collaboratively. 


Continuing Education Units: Not applicable

About the Presenter:


Jessica "Jess" Jamison, LPC, Owner - Creating Core Connections

Jess is a mental health counselor serving the community through her private practice, Creating Core Connections, in North Canton- located inside Renew and Restore Wellness Center. The team of independent practitioners there work collaboratively to meet client wellness goals by providing resources to individuals with diverse needs. Recently, Jess accepted an adjunct teaching position at the University of Mount Union in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Human Development. In addition to teaching there, Jess has been a visiting guest lecturer for various university courses speaking on trauma informed practices, self-care, and the queer community. She also serves on the Board of LGBT You, and participates in various volunteer and advocacy events. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Mount Union (2014), and a Master’s in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University (2020). 


For work prior to being a therapist, Jess has been in education and advocacy for individuals with disabilities through various roles. She has provided direct care during educational summer programs, as both support staff and implementing interventions, for multiple different diagnoses over the years. Post undergrad, Jess worked in public education with Plain Local Schools as an additional teacher assigned to various classrooms, home instruction, and standardized testing. Outside of work and educational pursuits, Jess enjoys working out, hanging with dogs, and adventuring to new places with good humans.


Having a holistic focus in practice helps client's focus on the connection with their brain and bodily needs. By meeting people where they are on their therapeutic journey, Jess specializes in providing trauma informed care while working with people looking to modify their environment to fit their individualized goals. Her previous experiences in education, combined with her current role in mental health, have provided her with a greater understanding of the need for modified instruction to support the neurodiverse community. Jess continues to explore how individuals, especially those in disenfranchised or marginalized communities, can find physical, mental, and social empowerment through connection, in many forms.


Jessica Jamison, MA, LPC

(she/her/hers)

Creating Core Connections Counseling Services