10th Annual ADHD Professionals Break Out Sessions

ADHD Coaching Breakout Sessions

Empower Your Practice Through Engaging With Criminal Justice

Linda Williams Swanson, MA, ACC, CACP
Neil E. Swanson, MA, ACC, CACP

We will discuss the causes of, and ways to respond to, the high incidence of ADHD among individuals involved with school disciplinary and criminal justice systems. We will share what we, the presenters, and others have done and are doing on local and state levels to change this situation and increase the role of ADHD coaching in addressing this problem. We will brainstorm in small groups to identify ways you might participate in this reform.

Coaching Students and Parents – Demonstrations and Discussion

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, BCC
JoAnn Skinner, PCC, BCC, ACAC

In this interactive session, the presenters will demonstrate live coaching of a student with ADHD and executive functioning challenges and coaching of a parent of a teen with ADHD. Each session will be debriefed with the audience. The goal is to provide coaches with new skills to use when coaching students and parents and to share the nuances of student coaching that are critical to the success of the student coaching process.

Supporting ADHD for the Whole Child

Deanna Hyslop, MS, BCBA, LBA-NY, Behavior Specialist
Mary Miele, M.A. Ed., Learning Specialist

With the complete assessment of all aspects of a child's Evolved Education Paradigm, or the integration of a child's academic history, learning style, family and school environments, and social, emotional, and physical development, parents and educators can work together to uncover each child's learning potential. The Social-Emotional-Physical-Academic-Quotient will support parents and educators in identifying areas of concern and in developing successful strategies to ensure each child with ADHD evolves into a successful learner.

ICF/PAAC Competencies for Coaching the Uncoachable: ADHD, ASD and General Population


The underlying belief and practice of Coaching the Uncoachable Program is that all things are possible for all individuals, whether they have a diagnosis, or issues with resistance, or other issues that challenge them and keep them from reaching their goals.
The underlying guiding principle of Coaching the Uncoachable is "if they want it, they can reach it."
The Coaching the Uncoachable Program is dedicated to teaching techniques using the ICF and PAAC competencies that cut through the resistance of all brain wirings so that each may have the life that s/he wants. Join session for Interactive Demo, Discussion & Coaching Practice using the ICF/PAAC Competencies to increase your greatness as a coach.

Six Essential Steps to Career Development Coaching

Lynn Miner-Rosen, M.Ed., BCC, CDCS

Do you have clients that have graduated college and have no direction as to the right job for them? Do any of your clients wake up Monday morning hating their job? Are your clients distracted by social media and have FOMO (Fear of missing out) when deciding on their career goals? Participants will take away practical tools for working with clients that struggle in the area of career choice and the job search.

Conquering the Decision-Making Dilemma

Susan Lasky, MA, BCC, SCAC

Many people with ADHD struggle, even obsess over, making decisions. In this workshop, we'll explore strategies to help your clients avoid the dreaded feelings of Overwhelm, Paralysis by Analysis, Decision-Making Fatigue or Rush-to-Get-It-Over-With Disasters. You'll learn tools to minimize decision-making anxiety and stress, along with the key skills necessary for making the best choice. You will be able to share specific techniques to make the decision-making process easier and more effective.

Adult Coaching Demonstration - Integrating VIA Character Strengths in the Coaching Process

David Giwerc, MCC, MCAC

Through a live mini coaching session with a volunteer attendee, the presenter will demonstrate how to integrate the use of the VIA character strengths into the coaching process in order to shift an ADHD individual's natural focus frequently dominated by negativity.  Learning how to use this process can provide access to one’s best qualities, attributes, and capacities so they can express their genuine, authentic personality.  The presenter will also demonstrate and explain how the science of character strengths can create greater self-awareness, and significantly improve a client's executive functions in important areas of their life. If you want to witness a demonstration of how the coaching process can empower adults with ADHD to improve their self-image and take action in important areas of their life than you won't want to miss this session.

ADHD Research and Information Breakout Sessions

Comparing ADHD Coaching and CBT for Adult ADHD

Russ Ramsay, Ph.D.

 David Giwerc, MCC, MCAC

ADHD Coaching and CBT are first non-medical options for helping adults with ADHD. This session will explore the various similarities, differences, limitations, and opportunities provided by ADHD Coaching and CBT for adult ADHD. The session will be led by an experienced ADHD Coach and CBT psychologist who specializes in adult ADHD who will present their respective models and engage in a dialogue with each other and with the audience to examine these various topics.

Rising Strong with ADHD:Developing Shame Resilience in Clients

Mary Ann Lowry, M.ED. ACC

By the time most clients with ADHD are diagnosed, most have lived with unintended messages that appear to be shaming and scolding in nature. Clients come to coaching believing that their EF struggles are character flaws. The research of Brene Brown on Shame and Vulnerability has given the world a model to develop shame resilience. Participants will be introduced to powerful questions and tools to build a shame resilient mindset in clients with ADHD.

ADHD at Work: Growing the Leader in Everyone

Jo Ann Skinner, PCC, BCC, ACAC

Leaders are everywhere in the workplace, not just at the top! To be truly transformational, leaders must rely on their executive functions to readily inspire and motivate others, but they often have challenges doing the same for themselves. This session will examine transformational leadership development and executive function skills in leaders. As ADHD coaches, this session will help remove the mystery around coaching leaders and expand your skills and confidence in asking powerful questions.

The Power of Research to Transform Coaching

Casey Dixon, PCC, BCC, SCAC, M.S.Ed.
Roxanne Fouche, PCC, CiPP
Rebecca Toney, Ph.D

Led by members of ACO’s research committee, this session will focus on three recent research studies related to self-monitoring, motivation and strategic self-control. Following a brief summary of each study, participants will break into groups to brainstorm ways to apply the information to our ADHD coaching practices. After the groups share the result of their work together, participants will leave the session with coaching strategies and tools that they can implement in their own practices.

Midlife to Senior ADHD Adults – A New Frontier

Linda Roggli, PCC

Adults who discover their ADHD at age 50, 60, 70, 80 or even later are usually stunned, then relieved by their diagnosis. In this lively, fast-paced session, we examine current research on hormones, cognition and aging so coaches and their clients can sort out the difference between A.D.D. and A.G.E. Participants will take away practical tools for working with ADHD adults 45+ and share anecdotal experiences for a richer, more personal learning experience.

Morning Mindfulness

Elizabeth Ahmann ScD, RN, ACC

Morning Mindfulness is a two-part session, offered for 30 minutes at the start of each conference day. Each session will include a brief discussion highlighting benefits of mindfulness for ADHD and will introduce several mindfulness practices. Participants will increase their understanding of the benefits of mindfulness for ADHD, learn a number of mindfulness exercises, and have the opportunity to start each conference day feeling centered and open as a result of engaging in mindfulness practices.

Sleep and ADHD: Incorporating Research into Coaching Practice

Elizabeth Ahmann ScD, RN, ACC
Micah Saviet, CNA

Getting those zzzzzzs! Sleep is a critically important topic for both individuals with ADHD and ADHD professionals. Recently, the number of published studies examining ADHD and sleep has increased dramatically. This session explores five dimensions of sleep and ADHD, focusing on research across the age span. In small groups, participants will brainstorm specific applications of this research to coaching practice. Also, participants will develop SMART goals for applying new learning with their own coaching clients.

ADHD and Teenagers: How to Protect the Fragile Ego

Evan Kirstein, M. Ed, ACC, CACP

Shame and ADHD. Everyone makes mistakes, but since the ADHD brain repeats behavioral mistakes consistently over it’s lifetime, our Ego develops Shame. Whether we re-live our errors, stay stuck in guilt or worry for the future, we have created states of shame. You will be provided with extreme awareness over this debilitating feeling and how you can deal with it. My Tribe of ADDers, it’s time to realize your true potential, by utilizing misspent energy.

Self-Determination Theory – A Valuable Approach for Coaches

Ronald S. Bashian, M.D.
Lisa Joy Tuttle, MA, BCC

Self-Determination Theory, a key theory of motivation, says that we all have intrinsic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. When those needs are satisfied, motivation and action-taking are enhanced. We will explain theoretical frameworks, then frame SDT into coaching methods and skills, with audience feedback. Lastly, break-out groups will apply SDT to several coaching scenarios. Participants will learn what SDT is, why it is important, and how to apply it in coaching.

Growing Your ADHD Business Breakout Sessions

Content From Nothing and Your Clicks For Free

Kerch McConlogue

The goal of your website is not to be first on Google; it’s to get clients! When the right visitors visit your site, they should figure out that you’re the right coach for their situation. How? Your content specifically answers their question. Figuring out what those key words are and where to use them can be difficult. Come to this session. Learn to show search engines you have the authority to answer the question.

Converting Leads Into Clients For ADHD Coaches
Alec Farwell

Learn to convert leads into clients. There are so many marketing tools; the thing no one talks about is that awkward stage from when you have a lead, to when this person actually gives you money. This session dives deep into how to increases the perceived value of your product or service, how to ask qualifying questions, overcoming objections, and how to close the sale in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable.

Leveraging Time & Impact with Group Coaching

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC
Diane Dempster, MHSA, PCC, CPC

Group-coaching is a terrific way to make the most of your time, provide affordable services, cultivate private clients and build a thriving coaching practice. This interactive workshop will address the science and art of developing a group-coaching program, with an emphasis on both business development and targeted coaching skills. We’ll include the core components of an effective group program, and specific strategies for providing individual attention while attending to the needs of the group.

Finding Success as a Full Time ADHD Coach

Kelly Wheeler, Founder XLR8 Success
Dana D. Maher, J.D., P.C.C., P.C.A.C.
Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC
Barbara Ryan Hausman, ACC
Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed.

The purpose of this session is to help trained and talented coaches recognize a variety of career opportunities and find their version of successful employment which allows them to best fulfil their passion and use their coaching skills. It is the belief of the presenters that many coaches are currently under-employed, and our desire is to help all trained coaches find success and satisfaction in a coaching career.

Emails, Campaigns, and Autoresponders, Oh My!

Abigail Wurf, M.Ed, PCC

This session opens with brief explanations of email campaigns and autoresponders, why they are important and the vital role list building plays in growing your business. Autoresponders automate sending out a series of emails, known as emails campaigns. You will learn how to create your own email campaigns and leave with three other email campaigns mapped out for you along with information on five autoresponder programs to consider for use when automating your emails campaigns.

Craft Your Signature Program and Grow Your Business

Robin Nordmeyer, BS, CLC
Anne Marie NantaiB.A. (Hons.)B.Ed., OCT, AAC, ACC
Nancy Bean
Kay Axtell, MA, SCAC

What happens next when a coaching prospect says yes?   Whether you’re new or been coaching for a while, developing your signature coaching program is essential to survive and thrive.   It provides the checkpoints to deliver a consistent, results-oriented experience and helps you to expand on your business funnel.  Join us to develop a signature coaching program working with your favorite type of clients. Learn ways to leverage your program to create multiple income streams.

Apps for Your Business and Your Clients

Abigail Wurf, M.Ed, PCC

You will leave this session you will have a list of approximately 80 apps for use with both your business and your clients. We will examine which activities are best replaced with apps and which are best done without apps. This discussion will be through the lens of attention deficit issues. We will utilize the experience and knowledge of participants regarding apps. In addition you will leave with a list of over 80 apps broken down by purpose.

Navigating ICF Waters- What’s in It for Me?

Todd Dallanegra, ACC, MAICS

You enjoy ADHD coaching and connecting with colleagues. So, what are the benefits of the ICF and its credentials? Where do ADHD coaches fit in the ICF, and what’s the value of engaging and belonging? How would you like to deepen your coaching community, boost your credibility and smile at your bottom-line? Let’s explore such key questions together by navigating these ICF waters during this interactive learning experience.

The Value of a PAAC Certification and Q&A

Barbara Luther, MCAC, MCC

 If you have been curious or unclear about the value of a PAAC ADHD coach certification, this session with PAAC President Barbara Luther is designed to answer your questions.  We will talk about the value of coaching certification overall and the PAAC credential specifically.  There will be space for your questions about certification requirements, the application process, and how you might set yourself apart with your coach certification.


Don’t miss your chance to participate in these sessions and grow your ADHD business in 2017!