ADDA Virtual Programs

Virtual Peer Support Groups

Beginners Women 50+  Parents Non-ADHD Partners LGBT+ / Poly Young Adults Men African American International

Beginners

Leaders: Renee Crook and Linda Michaels
Sessions: 90 minutes 1st& 3rdJanuary 4 & 18, February 1 & 15, March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 16, September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15, December 6 & 20
Time: 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/7pm Mountain/6pm Pacific

The purpose of ADDA virtual peer support is to provide support to ADDA members who are adults with ADD/ADHD in a safe, non-judgmental environment. This is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery with peers. Participants are encouraged to share their experience, strength, and hope. This group is open to all ADDA members we especially invite those who are new to ADDA, new support groups, or newly diagnosed. You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you. Do you have trouble with procrastination? Losing your keys? Forgetting? So do we.

Group Leader Information

Renee Crook - bio

  • Renee Crook, AAC

    Founder and Principal of ADDed Perspective Coaching, Renee is an ADHD Coach and ADHD Consultant currently working primarily with adults. Renee’s diagnosis, ADHD: Primarily Inattentive Type, in her late 30s, has kept her connected and drawn to those with a similar experience. An adult diagnosis often comes with a complicated and challenging path of relief, but also grief, regrets, “what-ifs” along with a lot of patterns and habits. Working through that maze can be daunting, lonely, painful and exhausting. She discovered there are ways it can be easier.

    Her passions are fed through helping others discover how that can be created for them through her work as an ADHD Coach, Consultant, Tutor and volunteer Facilitator for ADDA’s Adult Beginners ADHD Virtual Support Group and an in-person ADHD Parent Support Group in Bellevue, Washington.

    One of her previous lives included 13 years as an Elementary Educator during which, thousands of hours of training and research in learning challenges with specific focus on ADHD was a pivotal point in leading her to her own evaluation and diagnosis.

    In her next life, after Elementary Education, Renee fell into the world of Residential Property Management. Although proud of her accomplishments, new skills & ever increasing responsibilities, after 4 years, she decided the company and work she was doing was making her very unhappy leading to the decision to start her own private tutoring business.

    As a tutor, wanting to serve her students & their families well, she sought out further training, choosing ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA). While in ADDCA’s Personal Transformations course, she discovered a talent for coaching and began to explore that path more intentionally, finally deciding coaching was really where she was supposed to be. She has truly found her passion and is deeply excited to continue to grow her coaching practice, consulting and speaking engagements educating about ADHD and ADHD coaching.

    ADDed Perspective Coaching
    Renee.crook@outlook.com
    425-343-5451
    www.addedperspectivecoaching.com

  • Linda Michaels - bio
  • I am an ADHD and Strengths Coach. I completed my basic life coach training at PCCI (Professional Christian Coaching Institute), I have just recently completed my coursework for ADDCA’s (ADD Coach Academy) Advanced Coaching Program and am working toward certification with PAAC (Professional Association for ADHD Coaches). In 2014 I left my job of 15 years, and accounting career of 30 years, because of my ADHD symptoms. As I have gotten older my ADHD symptoms have worsened, leaving me to find a new lifestyle and a new normal. In 2015 I moved from the Seattle area to Bend Oregon to make sunshine a part of that new life. And I love it!!!

    I was 47 years old when I was diagnosed with ADHD. After learning about ADHD, I recognized the symptoms in myself as far back as I could remember.  I had no idea that ADHD was at the root of most of my difficulties. I was so happy when I found out I had ADHD; that there was a name for what was ruining my life. What a relief!!! I started seeing an ADHD coach and things started improving. It’s been and continues to be challenging to manage my symptoms.  I cannot take stimulant medication so I have learned to create strategies that help me move forward and how to make those strategies shiny again when they start to get boring.

    My heart is to help others with ADHD to improve the quality of their lives through ADHD Coaching. I want to spread the word that there can be hope for a fulfilling and meaningful life with ADHD and even because of it.

    Attention4Life Coaching

    www.Attention4Life.com

    Linda@attention4life.com

     

     

  • Women 50+ 

    Leaders: Ann Myers and Lynn Shumaker
    Sessions: 90 minutes
    Every other Tuesday
    Upcoming sessions: June 12, 26
    July 10, 24
    August 14, 28
    September 11, 25
    October 9. 23
    November 13, 27
    December 11 Off for the Holidays
    Returning January 2019

    Time: 8pm eastern/7pm central/6pm mtn./ 5pm pacific

    Women with ADD/ADHD are often diagnosed later in life. As adults we are at risk for divorce, single-parenting, unstable finances, not completing college, eating disorders, drug or alcohol abuse, and under employment. That said, common ADD traits also include, above average intelligence, the gift of gab, an adventurous spirit, high-energy, and creativity.

    Join us as we share our experiences, fears, and hopes, explore our strengths, and draw inspiration from each other.

    Women 50+ ADDA Virtual Peer Support Group provides a safe place for women with ADD/ADHD to give and receive advice, support and encouragement.

     Group Leader Information

    Ann Myers Bio

  • Ann Myers

    Like so many diagnosed as adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, Ann’s education and work history is checkered. Her very first job as a teenager was a Midwestern rite of passage, detasseling corn in Iowa for a hybrid seed corn company. As an adult she served as an elected Town Clerk in rural New Holstein, Wisconsin, and when she finally got to the “city,” worked ten years as a legislative aide at the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin. A career change there resulted in her working for 15 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor with a chronic and homeless population.

    She has a BA in English, graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Substance Abuse Counselor Training Institute and completed a year of Case Management study at UW Milwaukee. After a cross country move to Oregon, in 2012 she enrolled in the ADD in the Spirit coach training program, taught by two pioneers in the field of ADD coaching, Madelyn Griffith- Haynie and Peggy Ramundo, coauthor of You Mean I’m not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?

    Through her own participation in peer support groups and also her professional work with recovering clients, Ann has witnessed the validation and emotional identification that occurs among peers who share common problems. From that foundation, participants can problem solve and encourage each other to move forward. She can hardly wait to be in a group with other “mature” women who have ADD.

  • Lynn Schumaker Bio
  • Lynn A. Shumaker MS ED, AAC ADHD Coach & Speaker

    I have experienced ADHD in my family and classroom. I too, am the inattentive type, discovered in my 50’s. I use my passion to educate the world about ADHD, by sharing information, strategies, and the strengths within each of us. ADHD is a trait, just like being nearsighted. You will always be nearsighted, but you learn how to adapt and do what works for you! And you know what? I always thought being super nearsighted meant that I couldn’t see anything a foot from my face. That was the deficit side! But I never knew that I really had super close vision! I could see things up close like I had a magnifying glass! Well, ADHD is like that too! That is the gift of a deficit. A super power that no one knew existed. Super sensitive, cries too easily or just very empathetic and caring! Not able to focus, not true when stuck on something of interest, then it’s hyper-focus!

    I am a graduate from Attention Deficit Disorder Coach Academy. I have attended CHADD National conferences, and ADDA to learn many new strategies that guide people to use their strengths with their struggles. I love working with adults and parents who are looking for a compassionate partner to support them through this journey. My training in Relax Kids allows me to bring a hands-on approach using mindfulness and meditation to my coaching practice. Children and parents learn how to calm themselves when in stressful situations. I am particularly skilled at helping adults achieve success in testing situations. We don’t cure traits we are born with, but we learn how to adapt and use our strengths to fulfill our purpose in life. What is your purpose and how are you going to reach it? I love using my compassionate and creative side! I love to coach, it gives me a great purpose! I really enjoy being connected with my clients and learning from your life experiences! Come meet me at one of ADDA’s virtual support groups or call me for a conversation by phone. I’d love nothing more than to be able to chat and have you share with me about how your life is growing with each challenge.

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  • Parents

    Group Leaders: Diana Wallace, Mindy Schwartz, Patty Blinderman and Andrea Leon Sessions: 60 minutes Mondays: 12pm eastern/11am central/ 10am mountain/9am pacific Session Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21
    • This group is for ADDA members that are parents raising children.
    • We invite parents who have ADHD and/or parents of children who have ADHD.
    • Raising children is challenging... raising children with ADHD (yours and/or theirs) is even more so!
    ADDA's Parent Support Group offers:
    •  phone-accessible encouragement;
    •  the ability to source other parents facing similar challenges;
    •  the comfort that comes from knowing you are not alone.
    We encourage parents through active sharing.  During each session we offer relevant information on a multitude of parenting topics such as the impact of social skills as well as information on Executive Function skills including:
    • emotional regulation
    • time management
    • organization
    This is a safe, non-judgmental space for sharing tips, tools, strategies, and/or frustrations. We are committed to attendees feeling more understood, less alone in their parenting struggles, and more equipped and empowered to be the parent they would like to be.

    Group Leader Information

    Diana Wallace  Bio
  • Diana Wallace

    Diana Wallace  is an ADHD coach and a licensed Occupational Therapist. During the early years of her OT practice, she worked in psychiatric settings with adolescents. For 9 years she contracted her services as a music movement facilitator for early childhood development classes.   During her years of practicing OT in a school based setting, she worked with many students that struggled with the symptoms of having ADHD and executive functioning issues. Her passion to understand and help individuals that struggle with ADHD, led to her to become an ADHD Coach.  Diana has also had personal experience in dealing with ADHD within her family. She finds great joy and life purpose in helping people, particularly parents and children that are struggling with ADHD, reach their personal potential.  Diana co-facilitates a Seattle ADHD Parent Support and an ADDA virtual support group.  

    Other passions: My architect husband, my three adult ADHD children,  making good food that is shared, hiking on lush mountains, re- purposing anything, beautiful gardens, rich conversations, movies that inspire, listening to talented musicians, people that have the gift of finding humor in most situations, the ocean, volunteering to make a positive impact, a fresh delicious dinner made from my garden, stories that transport me to a sweet place, being authentically encouraging, creating.


  • Mindy Schwartz  Bio
  • Mindy Schwartz 

    Hello!  I am an ADHD coach and executive function specialist, working primarily with children and families.  I was trained through ADDCA (Attention Deficit Disorder Coaching Academy), and am currently finishing an advanced specialty in ADHD family coaching.  In my coaching practice, I provide parents with education about their own, and/or their child’s specific ADHD.  I collaborate with both parents and child to create individualized, compensatory strategies, which help them overcome their ADHD symptoms and challenges.  Humor is a big part of my practice, as it allows me to lessen the intensity and weight that so often accompanies life with ADHD.  Yes, ADHD is a deficit, but I believe there are powerful strengths common to many people with an ADHD diagnosis.  I help clients identify their unique strengths and utilize them to achieve their goals.

    Prior to coaching, I worked for over 20 years in the not-for-profit sector, supporting under-served, inner-city children.  After both my children received ADHD diagnoses, I struggled to find the right resources to help them at home and in school, but always came up short.  As eager as people were to help, therapists, teachers, school psychologists, and friends , they were not able to provide the perfect tools applicable to ADHD.  There was a desperate need in the community, and I decided to fill it.  During my training, I discovered that I was much more impaired by my own ADHD than I had ever realized.  Not only did I have to learn how to parent my ADHD children, but also how to be a parent with ADHD, which has its own demands.  My personal experience enables me to be a more compassionate, empathetic coach, and each day, I enjoy sharing the knowledge I’ve accumulated with other ADHD families.

    Whether you wish to be an active listener or a quiet observer, this group is here to support you in your journey to become a more educated, confident parent of a child with ADHD.

    Focused Mind Coaching

    mindy@focusedmindcoaching.com

    215-962-6306


  • Andrea Leon - bio
  • Andrea Elrom

    LIFE/ADHD COACH
    Andrea Elrom holds her Master’s degree from New York University in Elementary Education and went on to become a certified ADHD/Life Coach, through ADDCA (ADD Coach Academy). Andrea has worked with children with ADHD for more than 15 years. She offers extensive knowledge of parenting challenging behaviors through workshops, individual and group sessions. Through CreADDive Solutions theories, she builds on the strengths of the overall dynamics and quality of family life.


  • Patty Blinderman  Bio
  • patty_blindermanPatty Blinderman

    Hello!  I am an ADHD and executive function coach, as well as a mom of 4 children- 3 of whom are impacted by ADHD to varying degrees. When my oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 11, I was embarrassed that I didn’t recognize it myself. My son’s symptoms did not fit neatly into the definition of ADHD I learned while in college and during my years as a special education teacher. While not physically hyperactive, my son had cognitive hyperactivity. I had never heard of this before his diagnosis.  My son’s thoughts were firing in his head a thousand miles a minute and coming out of his mouth literally faster than he could form the words.

    I began learning everything I could about ADHD in order to try to help my son, which led to my ADHD coach training. Through this updated education, I not only understood my son’s challenges better, I also began the slow process of accepting what he could and could not control.  This acceptance gave me an explanation (not an excuse!) when talking to family, friends and teachers about behaviors he still struggles with. More importantly, it gave me significantly more patience than I had before I understood the very real challenges he was facing with his ADHD.

    Parenting a child with ADHD can be lots of fun, but if challenging behaviors are present- it can also be incredibly frustrating and isolating.  My passion is to break down barriers and dispel limiting beliefs in order to best support the child where s/he is, with what s/he needs so they can reach their goals at home, at school and throughout their life!

    Positively Coaching ADHD

    Positivelycoachingadhd.com

    patty@positivelycoachingadhd.com



  • Non-ADHD Partners

    Leaders: Mike Fedel with monthly expert Guest Terry Huff
    Sessions: 60 minutes
    Upcoming sessions: Wednesdays: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, (No meeting 7/4), 7/11, 7/18, 7/25
    Time: noon ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT

    Are you in a committed relationship with an ADHDer? Do you wish you could talk to other people who are ADHD adjacent? Then this is the group for you. At ADDA our mission is to to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives. We believe happier marriages would be an integral part to leading better lives.

    You may recognize the name Mike Fedel, he has provided 2 "Who Am I Living With?" workshops for our members over the last year. Here's what one of our members had to say about his experience in this workshop:

    "I'm writing to express our appreciation for Mike's recent workshop, in which my wife and I participated. Good insights and confirmation, enhanced our understanding of our relationship and some of the issues we have to handle, and gave us realistic and practical ideas on how to make it work better. Mike's enthusiasm and good will are infectious, and he works hard. Good man.

    Thanks,

    Tom"

    Another name you might recognize is Terry Huff, author of Living Well with ADHD.http://terrymhuff.com/book/ Terry has been leading a face to face support group for adults with ADHD in his native Tennessee for over 10 years. His work with non-ADHD partners includes face-to-face ADHD couples workshops which he has lead for 9 years as well as couples therapy. We are lucky to have a seasoned expert facilitator for this group.

    Guest Speaker Jill Corvelli was recommended to us by Melissa Orlov, author of The Couples Guide to Thriving with ADHD. Jill will be a guest speaker on the 1st Wednesday of June, July and August. Terry Huff will be a facilitator on the 3rd Wednesdays.

    We are very fortunate to have this all star team to connect with our beloved partners in life, enhance our understanding of our relationships with realistic and practical ideas for the better, Please join us on Wednesdays.

     Group Leader Information

    Mike Fedel - bio coming soon
    Terry Huff - Bio

  • Terry M. Huff, LCSW

    terry-huffI grew up with parents who spent much of their lives serving others. Mom was a high school graduate,and Dad dropped out of ninth grade to work. When I was a year old, my father entered the grocery business, like his dad. He bought the inventory of a little corner store and got a delivery truck so we could take the groceries to the elderly and handicapped, and to families with no means of transportation. He and Mom were bodhisattvas, which means they were motivated by compassion to help others. They were among five couples who co-founded a social service agency in Nashville called AGAPE. Dad later co-founded a disaster relief program with other members of his faith community. My parents were models for living a life of value. They inspired me to follow their lead and attempt to be a compassionate helper.

    I got my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Middle Tennessee State University and worked in mental health and development disabilities in Tennessee and California in the early years of my career. I returned to graduate school. Attending the University of Tennessee College of Social Work to complete my second master’s degree. After obtaining my license for independent practice, I worked at Vanderbilt and Family & Children’s Service in Nashville before beginning my private practice in 1996. Diagnosed with ADHD in 1994, I began to specialize in serving other adults with attention disorders. I would learn that “attention deficit” was a misnomer. I began to see how that label reinforced the notion that individuals with this neurological difference simply were unable to focus their attention. That narrow conceptualization of this complex disorder limits effective treatment of ADHD in my opinion. If allowed to rename it, I would call in “attention management disorder.”

    My private practice has evolved into multiple services. Providing psychotherapy just wasn’t going to be enough to meet the diverse needs of this population, and many adults with ADHD don’t need traditional therapy anyway. So, I started a support group for adults with ADHD, began providing workshops for ADHD couples, and developed a meditation workshop tailored to the needs of adults with ADHD. Most recently, I’ve begun to write and speak on how to live well with this neurological difference.

    After years of hearing psychotherapy clients say, “I never thought about it that way,” I decided that I might be on to something a little different. I wanted to give more consideration to abilities than disabilities. I wanted to cultivate a perspective based on acceptance and wise effort, one that would appeal to the inherent resourcefulness and creativity of individuals in the ADHD family. I wrote my book with the intention of sharing this perspective and helping more people move beyond the walls of my office, the support group meetings, and workshops. My book has been a labor of love, which is the title of my last chapter. My wish is to be useful to adults with ADHD. I want to enhance the lives of adults with brains wired like mine and inspire them to use their talents to achieve their life goals.

    http://terrymhuff.com/

  • Jill Corvelli - Bio
  • Jill Corvelli

    Portland/Lake Oswego, OR

    jill-corvelliAcceptance & Commitment (ACT) therapist specializing in counseling and coaching Adult ADHD, partners of those living with ADHD, anxiety, depression, addiction.  Locally, offers quarterly Journeys that are 4 week groups aimed at acceptance, education, relationships, symptom-tool linkage and more in support of ADHD and 8 week couples Expeditions bringing new ways of responding and relating to each other.  Nationally, offer separate weekly virtual coaching groups for those navigating adult ADHD and non-ADHD partners.  Groups provide peer support, continuous learning of tools and resources and coaching to activate on goals.

    www.jillcorvelli.com

    jill@jillcorvelli.com

    (971) 279-6530


  • LGBT+ / Poly

    Leaders: Keith Griffin, AAC & David Rose
    Sessions: 90 minutes
    Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesday Evenings
    June 27
    July 11, 25
    August 8, 22
    September 12, 26

    Time: 8:30p EDT/7:30p CDT/5:30p PDT

    ADDA is offering a peer support group for members who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, Queer, gender nonconforming, and/or Polyamorous. We provide a safe place for people to give and receive support and encouragement. Each of us has a unique journey discovering how we are not neuro-typical and in finding our place in relationships.

    Given how polarized the world has become we thought ADHDers like us would crave the support found only in community. This group is the brainchild of the ADDA Board Members Keith Griffin, AAC (group co-leader) and Dr. Michelle Frank.

    You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you.

    Do you have trouble with procrastination? Losing your keys? Forgetting? Planning? So do we.

    This is the group for you if you:

    •   Feel alone or hopeless
    •   Do not know another adult who is like you and has ADHD
    •   Want to connect to people like yourself and maintain your privacy

    The ADDA virtual peer support group paradigm:

    • Join meetings from the privacy of your own home
    • Participate at your own level, listen or talk
    • No one way works for everyone, be open to the strategies shared by peers
    • Adapt tips, tools and advice to work for you

    Topics can include:

    • Relationship explorations that include non-monogamy,
    • Executive Function and emotional regulation/social skills,
    • Tips, tools, and habits for the ADHDer

     Group Leader Information

    Keith Griffin - bio

  • Keith Griffin

    Keith Griffin, AAC, is an ADHD Coach and advocate of thriving with ADHD by focusing on one’s strengths. Keith received his training through The ADD Coach Academy and works with clients worldwide. In addition to his coaching business, Keith serves the ADHD community through his position on the board of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association and his leadership role on the ADHD Coaches Organization’s board.

    Keith has a 20+ year background in the IT field, having served in roles ranging from software development to implementation. Due to his background and wide-ranging technical interests, the clients who choose him tend to have a “technical mind”, are involved in or pursuing a STEM career and/or are entrepreneurial. As a gay man, he is also well suited to coach ADHDers from the LGBTQIA+ community.

    In his spare time Keith enjoys riding his bike, traveling to new places, recording the occasional “This ADHD Life” podcast episode and keeping up with the latest tech trends, gadgets, productivity systems and time-management methodologies.

  • David Rose - Bio Coming Soon

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    Young Adults

    Leaders: Beth Albright, Nick Noseworthy and Zach Gershon
    Sessions: 90 minutes
    Tuesdays: 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14, 8/28
    Time:7:30pm eastern
    Using Zoom conferencing  via your smartphone, landline, Ipad, or laptop.

    The Young Adult Peer Support Group is for ADDA members between the ages of 18-28. The goal of this group is to provide encouragement and support while beginning an independent life with ADD/ADHD. Topics will include work-life balance, organization, relationship issues, emotional regulation, procrastination, starting and keeping healthy life habits, and distinguishing between personality and symptoms.

    This is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery with peers. You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you. Do you have trouble with putting things off? Losing your phone? Forgetting? So do we.

     


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    Men

    Facilitator: Mike Fedel
    Sessions: 60 minutes
    1st & 3rd Sundays
    Upcoming sessions: February 18 March 4 & 18 April 1 & 15 May 6 & 20, June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15
    Time: 7pm ET/ 6pm CT/ 5pm MT/ 4pm PT

    We live in a society in where men are expected to “be strong”, to “push through it”, to show no weakness. And even if we overcome those stereotypes, being publicly “out” about our ADHD can have an impact on our careers and our relationships.

    The Men-Becoming-Our-Best Peer Support Group provides a regular online forum where men with ADHD (diagnosed or suspected) can gather in a safe, non-judgmental space to talk with and learn from each other about the rewards and challenges of living with ADHD.

    Participants should be adults who identify as male, able talk openly and honestly about life experiences – both positive and negative.

    Topics for discussion:

    • What does it mean to be a man with ADHD?
    • How has it effected our jobs?
    • How has ADHD effected our relationships?
    • Our lives – goals and aspirations
    • How do we view ourselves?

    Do we see this as a gift or a curse?

    Group Leader Information

    Mike Fedel - bio coming soon

     


    African American

    Leader: Jackquelina English
    Sessions: 60 minutes
    Twice a month on Thursday evenings
    Dates: 4/19, 4/26, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/21, 7/19, 7/26
    Time: 8pm eastern/ 7pm central/ 6pm mountain/ 5pm pacific

    The purpose of this ADDA virtual peer support group is to provide support to ADDA members who are African American adults with ADD/ADHD in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
    African Americans are often under diagnosed with and treated for ADHD.

    When left untreated ADHD is among the most debilitating disorders to live with. The risks of not treating ADHD include academic, social, and emotional problems. These problems may follow a person into adulthood impacting job performance, relationships, and mental health.
    Common strengths of ADHDers such as creativity, the ability to hyper-focus for long periods, and quickly synthesize ideas can mitigate the pitfalls.
    This group will provide trustworthy information regarding understanding ADHD symptoms, proven strategies, and treatment options. We will share our strategies for finding culturally competent health care providers.
    This is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery with peers. Participants are encouraged to share their experience, strength and hope. We especially invite those who are new support groups, or newly diagnosed. You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you.

    Each of us has a unique ADHD journey, discovering what we have in common brings us together.

    Do you have trouble with procrastination? Losing your keys? Forgetting? So do we.
    Join us as we support and encourage each other on Thursday nights.

    Group Leader Information

    Jackquelina English - Bio

  • Jackquelina “The Coach” English

    In today’s society, there is a higher awareness of people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Jackquelina English is a therapist and Adhd coach with over 10 years of experience providing community-based solution focused social services for individuals and families.  Jackquelina English first learned that she was passionate about advocating for the best interest of children and families during her nine-year tenure as a  court-appointed special advocate and guardian ad litem with the juvenile court system.  Her One Voice One Child Advocacy Center provides multi-culturally sensitive, innovative and uniquely customized coaching services for adults, children, and families.

    Education 

    M.A. Forensic Psychology, Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida
    B.S. Human Services, Shorter College, Rome, Georgia

    Certifications, Additional Training & Awards

    Juvenile Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad litem
    Trauma Focused Cogntive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
    NCAC Forensic Interviewing of Children Training Certificate of Completion

    You can reach Jackquelina through her website.

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    International

    Leaders: Kian Najmechi and Frank Potter
    Sessions: 60 minutes
    1st & 3rd Thursdays
    Dates: 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 6/7, 6/21, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 More Dates to be announced

    Times:

    • 1pm (EDT) Eastern Daylight Time/ 12pm (CDT) Central Daylight Time/ 11am (MDT) Mountain Daylight Time /10am (PDT) Pacific Daylight Time
    • 6pm (BST) Edinburgh, London British Summer Time/ (CET) Algiers, Casablanca, Rabat, Tunis Central European Time/ (WEST) Lisbon Western European Summer Time/(IST) Dublin Irish Standard Time/ (WAT) West Africa Time
    • 7pm (CEST) Berlin, Budapest, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, Oslo, Vienna, Warsaw Central European Summer Time / (CAT) Central Africa Time/ (EET) Eastern European Time/ (IST) Israel Standard Time
    • 8pm (EEST) Athens, Minsk, Riga Eastern European Summer Time/ (AST) Arabia Standard Time/ (EAT) Eastern Africa Time/ (MSK) Moscow Standard Time/ (TRT) Turkey Time
    • 9pm (GST) Dubai, Abu Dhabi Gulf Standard Time
      10pm (IST) Mumbai, New Dehli, Sri Lanka India Standard Time

    ADDA's International ADHD Peer Support was built on the foundation of understanding. We understand the frustration that comes from others being incapable of understanding why you got side tracked, or why you are late, or why you are unorganized.

    The group is here to provide support in a safe, non-judgmental environment, where everyone will be able to listen to your problems and most importantly; relate to them.

    Our mission is to offer trust-worthy information and community to adults with ADHD around the world.

    ADHD affects people of all races and all cultures in all countries around the world. ADHD does not recognize borders. Well, neither will ADDA. We offer virtual peer support to adults with ADHD wherever they may be.

    This is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery with peers. Participants are encouraged to share their experience, strength and hope.

    This group is open to all ADDA members we especially invite those who are living in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

    You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you. Do you have trouble with procrastination? Losing your keys? Forgetting? So do we.

    We are here to listen to your troubles and provide support. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

    We will be using ZOOM for this meeting, accessible by laptop, tablet, smartphone, and landline. By using ZOOM we can avoid phone charges if you use your computer or the smartphone APP.

    Group Leader Information

    Kian Najmechi - Bio

  • Hi. My name is Kian.

    And I get the struggle.

    I went through my entire school life hearing the exact same thing. “Kian has so much potential, but he doesn’t use it.”

    It wasn’t until I went to university that I went to a therapist and was recommended to a psychiatrist.

    It was in 2016 that I began my own ADHD support group through an online forum and we all began meeting weekly on skype.

    I realised how valuable the group could be for myself and for others who suffer from the disorder.

    I started such a group because I wanted us to talk about our issues without the other person devaluing our plight. My own parents made it seem like ADHD was a non-issue, while all of those within the group understood how difficult it was to find that motivation, or how easily we were distracted.

    We all found it reassuring that we could talk openly about our struggles without fear of being judged.

    I recently was discovered by ADDA and have been given a tremendous opportunity to reach out to others and show them that you are not alone. That we are here to be supportive and that we understand your plight.

  • Frank Potter - bio
  • Frank Potter

    Frank-PotterFrank Potter is a retired state vocational rehabilitation counselor in Iowa. After a son was diagnosed with ADHD as a junior in high school, Frank realized he had ADHD also. Since his son’s diagnosis, Frank has studied ADHD and given lectures on it including at ADDA conferences.

    Frank has served on the ADHD Justice Committee that published a highly-anticipated white paper on the positive outcomes of the ADHD Corrections Project, largely sponsored by ADDA.

    Frank has particular interests in ADHD in education, workplace issues, and corrections. In his employment, Frank worked closely with high school and college students, and helped people with ADHD find employment and succeed in the workplace.

    Like many people with ADHD, Frank has a myriad of interests including fly fishing (started a club), opera, soccer coaching (produced training DVD for youth coaches), tuck-pointing and history. He has completed a draft of book about a 19th century couple who were Transcendentalists in Iowa. Frank holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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    ADDA Virtual Workshops

    Job Seekers Club ADHD at Work Study Hall - Pomodoro Style Easy Wellness Club Mastermind

    Job Seekers Club

    Leader: Frank Potter & Anne Marie Nantais
    6 Sessions, Wednesdays
    Sessions: 60 minutes
    Time: 7pm eastern/6pm central/5pm mtn./4pm pacific
    Dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/13, 6/20

    Introducing ADDA's JOB SEEKERS CLUB.

    This group was so successful last year that we brought it back by popular demand.

    ADDA is offering a support program for people with ADHD who are seeking employment.

    We welcome you:

    • Recent graduates looking to land that first job.
    • Unemployed and looking for a permanent position.
    • Employed and wanting a career change/new job.

    Job Seekers Club is presented by ADDA Board member and retired state vocational rehabilitation counselor, Frank Potter. In this series Frank will share proven strategies and information he has gathered from three decades of working with people with disabilities and employers in the job match process. Frank has ADHD himself so he understands the pitfalls and hurdles ADDers have when it comes to finding and landing a job.

    Frank says, "There are a tremendous number of variables that are involved in the job obtaining process. Yet, it is often just 1 or 2 new ideas for the job seeker that will result in their getting the job they wanted."

    Frank Potter brings time tested insights and knowledge on:

      • Job readiness
      • Resumes & applications
      • Interviewing & how to handle problem questions

    Because Frank has such a depth of knowledge in this arena he will provide participants with additional resources, including his guide for gaining employment.

    His research found that on average it takes sending 200 resumes to get an interview ---with our creativity and other ADHD traits we can do better than that together!

    Join us on Wednesday evenings for ADDA's Job Seekers Club.

    Group Leader Information

    Frank Potter - bio

  • Frank Potter

    Frank-PotterFrank Potter is a retired state vocational rehabilitation counselor in Iowa. After a son was diagnosed with ADHD as a junior in high school, Frank realized he had ADHD also. Since his son’s diagnosis, Frank has studied ADHD and given lectures on it including at ADDA conferences.

    Frank has served on the ADHD Justice Committee that published a highly-anticipated white paper on the positive outcomes of the ADHD Corrections Project, largely sponsored by ADDA.

    Frank has particular interests in ADHD in education, workplace issues, and corrections. In his employment, Frank worked closely with high school and college students, and helped people with ADHD find employment and succeed in the workplace.

    Like many people with ADHD, Frank has a myriad of interests including fly fishing (started a club), opera, soccer coaching (produced training DVD for youth coaches), tuck-pointing and history. He has completed a draft of book about a 19th century couple who were Transcendentalists in Iowa. Frank holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

  • Anne Marie Nantais - Bio
  • Anne Marie Nantais, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., AAC, ACC – ADHD and Beyond: Coaching, Consulting, Speaking

    A-M_Nantais.jpgI wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until well after university, but I definitely struggled with its symptoms during my years as a student.  I was locked in a cycle of getting overwhelmed with large projects, not knowing where or how to start, procrastinating, then pulling all-nighters to study for exams and get papers done by the deadline (and often after).  I’d then collapse from exhaustion, then start the cycle all over again.  Sound familiar?

    With my diagnosis came the realization that these behaviors were rooted in not knowing how my brain worked differently and were NOT due to laziness or a lack of willpower or smarts.  I began learning more about ADHD, my own particular brain wiring, and ways to work WITH my brain to create success.  I love working with college students to help them uncover their own path to successful living with ADHD.

    I bring both personal and professional experience to this group: I was a classroom and Special Education teacher for 19 years at the elementary and secondary levels.  Using that background as a springboard, I launched into training with the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA), and am a proud graduate (AAC), and a certified coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation.

    I’m thrilled to join the ADDA College Peer Support Group to create a space where students can meet others with similar experiences, know they are not alone, and share and learn strategies together.  ADDA, its members and its programs, have been a great help to me over the years, and I’m happy to have this opportunity to keep paying it forward!

    www.adhdandbeyond.com

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    ADHD at Work

    Facilitator: Holly Saunders
    Sessions: 60 minutes
    2nd & 4th Thursdays 
    Dates: Group Sessions will Resume September

    Time: 8pm Eastern/7pm Central/6pm Mountain/5pm Pacific

    We know this group is important to members and we plan a few improvements for Fall. See you in September.

    The ADHD@ Work> Survive & Thrive Club is virtual peer group for members who are creating and refining healthy workplace habits.

    This group is for you if you are:

    • at a plateau at work, (no raise in a while or not promoted)
    • experiencing burnout, worried about putting in enough face-time
    • feel like an imposter

    Ms. Saunders attended several of the peer groups here at ADDA and was looking for a group to discuss and share strategies related exclusively to work.

    Like Holly, so many mid-life diagnosed ADHDers notice life patterns and seek to improve all aspects of their lives, yet they don't have a friend in the same situation to talk too.

    We will present ADHD friendly strategies and brainstorm on how they can be adapted to work for you, as well as provide support from a community of like-minded peers.

    Discussion topics to include:

    • Social Skills/Emotional Regulation,
    • Time Management/Procrastination,
    • De-cluttering desk/work area &  Digital Organization,
    • Managing Focus and
    • Creating self-accommodations

    Expert guest speaker Frank Potter, ADDA Board Member and retired Iowa state vocational rehabilitation counselor.

    You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you.

    Join us on the road from surviving at work to thriving.

    Group Leader Information

    Holly Saunders - bio coming soon

     


    Study Hall - Pomodoro Style

    StudyHall Pomodoro Style
    Sessions: 90 minutes
    Upcoming sessions Wednesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18 ,4/25 , 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27
    Time: 8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central/ 6pm Mountain/ 5pm Pacific
    Always monitored/facilitated by ADDA volunteers

    The StudyHall format is a virtual variation of the body double technique some ADHDers use to be productive.

    A body double is someone who is present in the room as a person with ADD tackles a task—anything from bill paying to homework to house cleaning. The body double’s presence helps the person get started, stay on task, and get their work done.

    The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.

    For StudyHall Pomodoro Style we will have 3 25 minute work periods each with a 5 minute break. During the break talking about your challenges, sharing your winning formula, or brainstorming ways to get unstuck are encouraged.

    We will be using the ZOOM tool, accessible by computer, smartphone, tablet and landline.

    ADDA members from across the country connect via ZOOM. Each person has a laundry list of To Dos we have been procrastinating about: Cleaning off desks, sorting and filing paperwork, preparing tax documents, and so on.

    The session begins with everyone stating aloud their goal for the end of the meeting. Then everyone mutes their line and gets down to business.

    But—and here’s where the concept of the body double comes in—we reconvene by ZOOM every 25 minutes for an accountability check-in as well as to brainstorm if someone is stuck.

    While the other participants on ZOOM are not literally in the room together, attendees can feel their presence all the same. The body double concept is there in spirit. Knowing you will need to check in about your progress—and that you can get support if you are stuck—makes all the difference.

    You can stay focused and achieve your desired goal with a little help from a body double in ADDA's StudyHall Pomodoro Style.

    Join us and together we can get stuff done.

    BYOT: Bring Your Own To do list

    Support Groups are open only to ADDA Members. Login to sign up. If you are not already a member join here.

    Easy Wellness Club

    Leaders: Diane McLean, Annette Tabor, & Kenny  Niece
    Sessions: 60-75 minutes
    Mondays: 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13

    Time: 8pm eastern/7pm central/6pm mtn./5pm pacific

    ADDA is offering a working group for members who are creating and refining healthy eating, exercising, and sleep habits.

    Make your New Year's Resolution fun and easy!

    In 2018 we are adding virtual workout buddies & sessions to the mix. You choose the exercise, we supply the buddies and schedule for 3 times a week.

    This is the club for you if you are trying to:

    •   Exercise regularly
    •   Eat better consistently
    •   Get a good night’s rest every night
    •   Want to share the journey with friends who are cheering you on

    Eating well + getting plenty of sleep + exercising regularly =  Better ability to focus

    We know the best motivator for ADHDers is strong interest aka fun, that’s why this is a club. Starting a healthy habit doesn’t have to be hard.

    Healthier habits can reduce ADHD symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, and distractibility, regular routines help your life feel more manageable.

    This series will focus on proven strategies and provide support to participants in achieving their wellness goals.

    We can relate to the pitfalls and hurdles ADHDers experience when it comes to starting and maintaining habits. We are right there with you. The facilitators are also working on creating healthy habits while coping with ADHD.

    The Easy Wellness Club paradigm:

    • Meetings are energizing and fun
    • Making connections that support you
    • No one way works for everyone

    Join us on Monday evenings for ADDA’s Easy Wellness Club – building wellness one step at a time.

    Group Leader Information

    Diane McLean - Bio

  • Diane McLean

    Diane McLean, MEd, PCC, is a certified ADHD and Life Coach and works with children, adolescents and adults in the area of executive functioning skills. Diane brings to coaching over 25 years of experience in the field of education, working as a teacher and school counselor at all grade levels. In 2006, Diane began integrating therapy dogs into her work in social/emotional learning, self-regulation, and executive functions training. Her current assistance dog partner, Digby, is a yellow Labrador Retriever who brings fun and excitement to Diane’s work. Diane received her master’s degree in Counseling and Student Services from the University of North Texas and coach training through the ADD Coach Academy. She has also received training in the areas of executive functioning skills, self-regulation, and social cognitive learning. Diane is credentialed through the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. She founded Odyssey Learning LLC to help children, adolescents, and adults develop executive functioning skills such as planning, organization, time management, self-regulation, working memory, task initiation and completion, and social learning. From a strengths perspective, Diane helps individuals overcome barriers, achieve goals, and find success.

    www.execskills.com
    Please visit me on Facebook!

  • Annette Tabor - bio
  • Annette Tabor

    My name is Annette Tabor. After graduating from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I moved to Florida with my husband. There we raised two daughters and we are now the proud grandparents of 3 grandchildren with one more on the way! Two years ago, I retired after teaching, a 40 year career. Now I am tutoring part time and enjoying my grandchildren the rest of the time!

    After I was diagnosed with ADHD late in life, I became a Volunteer Coordinator for CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). I led a local group for over 20 years which offered support, education and advocacy for parents and ADHD adults. Now I am looking forward to Volunteering for ADDA. As an Adult with ADHD and an adult with Sleep Apnea I am relish the opportunity to sharing my knowledge of how Sleep issues correlate to ADHD.

  • Kenny  Niece - bio

  • Kenny Neice

    I have a true passion for maximizing health, fitness, fun, and doing what you’re meant to do with life!

    My journey of becoming a Holistic Health, ADHD, and Life coach really began over 25 years ago, while earning my Bachelor of Science degree.  I learned natural and holistic ways to beat anxiety and panic attacks.  In fact, I healed myself from several conditions without the use of medications.

    From these early personal achievements, I enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and graduated in 2007 as a Certified Holistic Health Coach.  In continuing my passion for learning, I found the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) and completed their advanced coach training in September 2016.

    My commitment is helping others learn about natural solutions and exercise methods. I know that together we can increase brain focus and energy through proper nutrition and exercise, while making it simple and fun!

    My personal interests are a love of the outdoors shared with my family, traveling and having a good meal.  I love to discover new foods that are beneficial for health and self.  I enjoy reading and being a student of personal development for the mind, body and spirit. I consider personal development an integral part of healthy living.

    My passion for holistic health and learning; through reading current research, and working with other health professionals, is what makes me a true advocate for YOU and YOUR goals and YOUR success.

    http://www.kennyneice.com


  • Mastermind

    ADDA Presents: MasterMind Virtual Group For Adults with ADD/ADHD
    Ten Sessions Only
    Meeting Dates Thursdays: June 14, 21, 28 July 12, 19, 26 August 2, 9, 16, 23
    Meeting Time (60 Min.): 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT
    Leader: Nicole Johnson

    This exclusive MasterMind group is limited to 8 members only. Open to leaders, professionals, and business owners.
    For the first time your ADHD strengths meet the brain trust forum of MasterMind. We will bring the accountability and structure, you will bring your creativity and commitment.

    This is a group for successful people who want to take it to the next level. For the first-time MasterMind meets your ADHD strengths, be a part of this groundbreaking select group. Tap into the experience of this group of like-minded high achievers. We will bring the structure, accountability, and rigor, the group will determine ground rules, tone and results.

    Each participant gets a chance to be in the HOT SEAT and present an issue, upcoming project, or business problem -use the MasterMind team as a sounding board or brainstorm and garner advice from those with experience and know how. Leverage the motivation & imagination of your peers to thrive. You do not have to be alone in your project, tap into the brain trust assembled for this MasterMind group.

    MasterMind Group currently Full, to sign up for the waiting list for the next group fill in the form below.

     Group Leader Information

    Nicole Johnson bio

  • Nicole Johnson, MS, LPC, SAC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor working in private practice in Wisconsin.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling-Mental Health.  She has been licensed since 2001 and was able to make her dream of owning her own private practice a reality in 2015.  Like many women who are diagnosed with ADHD, she discovered she had it when her first child was diagnosed in 2006.  Since starting her private practice and becoming an entrepreneur with ADHD, she has focused more on providing clinical services to other adults who want to learn how to manage their ADHD.  Her website will be located at:  www.lacrossecounselingandwellness.com.  She can be reached at:  nicole@lacrossecounselingandwellness.com