2022 Guest Speakers

The woman’s experience of ADHD is one that is traditionally not been focused on in research and literature, however we are discovering more and more that women are underdiagnosed, and can experience ADHD differently than men. In this presentation, we will be discussing the current research on women and ADHD, some important things to know, and how this can impact our understanding of ourselves. 

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Jennifer Merrick, RSW

Jen is a Registered Social Worker with experience in various areas in mental health for over 15 years with a special interest in ADHD, trauma and body based therapies. She has worked and volunteered for numerous organizations and since 2015 has been working as a counsellor in addictions, community, most recently for serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. She is currently working on her Masters of Clinical Social Work, with her thesis focusing on women with ADHD. Jen also completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training diploma in 2019 and loves teaching yoga and mindfulness classes in the community.

Being diagnosed with ADHD can come with many challenges but one of the main obstacles is accepting yourself in a world that doesn’t accept you back. This session will engage individuals with the impact that living in a non-inclusive world has on those living with ADHD. We will talk about grief, masking, chameleoning, and what it means to embrace our neurodivergence when the world continues to try and “change” us. Come loaded with questions as we work on our ambiguous loss and collective experience.

Notes for the ADHD and the Pursuit of Self-Actualization presentation can be found here

Justin Lessard (he/him) is a certified Canadian counselor who works closely with individuals who have been traumatized. Justin is co-founder of 9 Circle Therapy, trauma therapist at YESS YEG, and a sessional professor at Concordia University. He specializes in work around trauma, ADHD, and personality disorders. Justin utilizes a personalized approach that fits clients for their specific needs and works with them on their goals and issues. He believes strongly in the impact that the human connection can have and the need to develop more mental health conscious communities. His work is actively seeking to engage in anti-racist, decolonized, 2SLGBTQ+ affirming, and harm reduction approaches to better work with all those in our community.

Children, adolescents and adults with ADHD can have rich, intense and often overwhelming emotions. Problems regulating or managing emotions can be one of the most troublesome and stressful symptoms of ADHD and are directly related to neurological differences in the ADHD brain.

Understanding the problems with emotional regulation and how to help manage them as a parent or as an adult with strong or overwhelming emotions, can help build emotional health and resilience.

Notes for the Emotional Storms & Emotional Resilience with ADHD presentation can be found here

About Cheryl

Cheryl Becker, Registered Psychologist

Cheryl Becker has been a Registered Psychologist in Edmonton for almost 35 years and within her private practice has created the Adult ADHD Clinic on Whyte which provides assessment and counselling for adults with ADHD.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – Jennifer Merrick – Girls and Women with ADHD

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Dr. C. Morhaliek, Psychiatrist – Medication

Past ADHD Edmonton Guest Speakers:

2021 Guest Speakers

what you should know about adhd with guest speaker rachel rogers

Registered Psychologist Rachel Rogers will be joining us to talk about what we should know about ADHD by providing key information about ADHD, risk factors and diagnosis.

After covering the basics, she’ll go into more depth regarding the role of the brain, executive function, and how it manifests in the features of ADHD. Rachel will show why ADHD is not a behavioural problem, but a medical issue.

About Rachel

Rachel Rogers

Rachel Rogers is a Registered Psychologist who worked for many years as a teacher, school counselor, and prior to her recent retirement, as a school psychologist for Edmonton Public Schools. She founded the ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton 12 years ago, and continues to sit on the Board of Directors. She enjoys volunteering, walking/hiking, Pickleball, jigsaw puzzling, sewing, and is currently learning to cross country ski. One of her greatest joys is spending time with her 5 year old granddaughter.

Have you ever wanted to be organized but don’t know where to start? While there are many great organizing approaches, they are often too detailed for those of us with neurodiverse brains.

Join us to learn simplified tips from Shannon Belanger of Simply SOS – Professional Organizing.

Notes from the Bringing Calm to the Chaos presentation can be found here.

About Shannon

After almost 20 years in various senior HR roles throughout Canada, the 2016 diagnosis of my 4-year-old son with ADHD, OCD, and anxiety led me to leave the corporate world and found Simply SOS – Professional Organizing.

My supportive & collaborative approach to professional organizing is aided by a degree in Psychology, a graduate diploma in Human Resources Management, professional HR certification and membership & training with Professional Organizers of Canada (POC).

Parents, do you wonder, is this an ADHD feature or simply misbehaviour? Is this defiance, or is my child struggling? Please join Registered Psychologist Larissa Predy to discuss when and how to know the difference. We’ll explore common ADHD behaviour challenges, as well as oppositional defiance and conduct disorders. You’ll leave with strategies, knowledge and resources to help make parenting a child with challenging behaviours and ADHD a little easier.

Notes from the Challenging Behaviours & ADHD presentation can be found here.

About Larissa

Larissa is the founder and clinical director of Little Oaks Psychology and has over 15 years of experience working with children and youth in various settings. She has a strong reputation in comprehensive psychological assessment and intervention, specializing in ADHD, learning difficulties and exceptionalities, behaviour problems, and parenting concerns. She aims to help people more clearly understand their challenges, instill hope, and provide effective strategies that work. She is a registered psychologist in Alberta and is currently completing her Ph.D. in cognitive developmental psychology at the UofA, focusing on executive functions in early childhood.

2020 Guest Speakers

Wednesday, October 21, 2020Linda MakHow to Stretch Your Dollars

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