6th Annual Virtual AD/HD Conference®:
Master Classes


11am – 1pm EST 2pm-4pm EST
Monday, October 7

robertoolivardiaRoberto Olivardia, PhD

ADHD and Emotion: Hypersensitivity, Emotional Regulation, and More

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arituckmanAri Tuckman, PsyD

Improving Working Memory: Your Memory is Only as Good as Your Attention

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Tuesday, October 8

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson, MA, MCC, SCAC

Organizing Your ADHD Life

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Melissa OrlovMelissa Orlov, Marriage Counselor

Effective Communication for Couples Impacted by ADHD

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Wednesday, October 9

Kenny HandelmanKenny Handelman, MD

Medication for ADHD and Co-Existing Conditions

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Bonnie MincuBonnie Mincu, MA, MBA, SCAC

Overcoming Obstacles in Time Management

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Thursday, October 10

David NowellDavid Nowell, PhD

Your Brain on ADHD: Understanding Neurotransmitters in Daily Experience

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David GiwercDavid Giwerc, MCC, MCAC, BCC

Empowering Your Signature Strengths for a Better ADHD Future

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Detailed Agenda

Day 1: Monday, October 7

robertoolivardiaADHD and Emotion: Hypersensitivity, Emotional Regulation, and More
Presented by Dr. Roberto Olivardia, PhD
Monday, October 7, 2013 11:00am – 1:00pm EDT
Click here to listen to a podcast preview of this session!

Have you ever been told that you’re too sensitive? People with ADHD are noted to be emotionally hypersensitive, which means that you very well may have difficulty regulating your feelings! This Master Class will focus on understanding the ways adults with ADHD experience various emotions, and how ADHD traits and symptoms can be impacted by those emotions. Psychologist Dr. Roberto Olivardia will present case examples, as well as highlight his personal experience of emotional hypersensitivity as an adult with ADHD. Dr. Olivardia will review neurological reasons why those with ADHD may be hypersensitive, and offer concrete strategies that you can use to regulate and cope with intense emotions.

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Understand why people with ADHD are predisposed to emotional hypersensitivity or emotional dysregulation
  2. Learn some neurological theories behind ADHD and hypersensitivity
  3. Recognize how ADHD may impact your emotions, and how your emotions impact your ADHD
  4. Discover concrete strategies for coping with and managing emotional hypersensitivity and dysregulation
  5. Adopt a judgment-free, empathic, strength-based model of emotional hypersensitivity!

About Dr. Olivardia
Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.  He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Olivardia is an active researcher.  He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men.  He has taught courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston College and has consulted with cosmetic surgeons, software companies, and filmmakers around male body image issues.  He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, EXTRA, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox and Friends, and VH1.  He has spoken on numerous radio and webinar shows and presents at many talks and conferences around the country, including the CHADD conferences annually.

arituckmanImproving Working Memory: Your Memory is Only as Good as Your Attention
Presented by Dr. Ari Tuckman, PsyD
Monday, October 7, 2013 2:00pm – 4:00pm EDT
Click here to listen to a podcast preview of this session!

Have you ever walked into a room and completely forgotten why you went there in the first place? How often do you lose your car keys, forget an item at the store, or miss a birthday? Adults with ADHD often have trouble remembering what they need to remember! In order to improve your memory, you must also improve your attention. In this Master Class, Psychologist Dr. Ari Tuckman will explain why it is that your memory is only as good as your attention, and offer practical strategies for strengthening both.

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Learn what attention really is, and how it works
  2. Understand why improving your attention leads to a stronger memory
  3. Investigate how memories are formed and retrieved, and learn how to strengthen both
  4. Explore the difference between long term memory, working memory, and prospective memory, and how you use each in daily life
  5. Obtain strategies and techniques that will help you improve your ability to remember to do things

About Dr. Tuckman
Dr. Tuckman is a psychologist in private practice in West Chester, PA, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children, teens, and adults. He has given over two hundred presentations and routinely earns excellent reviews for his ability to make complex information understandable and useful. His driving goal in his writing and presenting is to provide science-based information to make people’s lives better. He is the author of three books: 1. Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook, 2. More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD, and 3. Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians. He is a frequent contributor to ADDitude and Attention!. His More Attention, Less Deficit podcast has over 100 episodes and is approaching one million downloads. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, and XM/Sirius Radio and been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, among others.

To learn more about Dr. Tuckman and his work, visit

Day 2: Tuesday, October 8

lindaandersonOrganizing Your ADHD Life
Presented by Linda Anderson, MA, MCC, SCAC
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 11:00am – 1:00pm EDT

Getting rid of stuff, organizing what’s left, managing projects at home and at work, and changing old habits. All of this is pretty challenging when you have ADHD, and then add to it the fact that we live in a culture of clutter. It’s just not easy keeping it all together! So what can you possibly do to create more order and achieve less stress? In this Master Class, Master Certified Coach Linda Anderson will present new ways of thinking about yourself, your stuff, and your ability to create desired change. With nearly 20 years of experience in working with adults with ADHD, Linda will share life-changing tools and strategies that can help you succeed at getting your life organized, and creating more balance, containment, focus, and success.

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Learn a working formula for creating desired change that you can apply to organizing challenges
  2. Explore seven life truths that affect your success at creating change
  3. Discover tools, approaches and visual examples for organizing spaces and things
  4. Learn how to use color, creativity, and practicality in organizing
  5. Consider different strategies and approaches that appeal to different personalities and processing styles
  6. Identify cutting-edge, online tools and resources for further exploration

About Linda Anderson
Linda Anderson, M.A., MCC, SCAC, is an ICF master certified coach and a leader in the world of ADHD coaching. She specializes in working with ADHD adults in the U.S. and abroad. She began her business, Getting Clear, in 1993. Linda meets with clients in her office in Doylestown, PA, but coaches the majority of her clients located in the United States and abroad by phone and Skype. Linda has been actively involved in the world of ADHD since 1994. She served on the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) board for thirteen years, served as president of the organization from 2006 to 2008, and presently serves on the Communications Committee. Linda is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), ICF-Philadelphia, the ADHD Coaches Association (ACO) and the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching (IAAC). She has written several articles, among them, “A Closer Look At Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder–From The Outside Looking In,” “The Body Double,” and, “Letting Go and Organizing What’s Left.” As a coach working primarily with adults who have ADHD, Linda has learned from her clients how resiliency, creativity, wisdom and the uniqueness of the individual spirit lives right along side the challenges of managing a life with ADHD. She is grateful for all the clients, professionals and associates who have shared with her and taught her about living with ADHD.

To learn more about Linda and her work, visit

melissaorlovEffective Communication for Couples Impacted by ADHD
Presented by Melissa Orlov, Marriage Counselor
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:00pm – 4:00pm EDT

When your relationship is impacted by adult ADHD, it’s likely that you’re frustrated with the way you and your partner communicate (or don’t communicate!) This Master Class is all about calming your relationship and improving communication. Marriage Counselor Melissa Orlov will provide an overview of communication issues common to couples impacted by ADHD. She will then focus on communication techniques and tools that can be used immediately to improve how you and your partner interact, starting you both on the path to learning how to love each other fully again.

If at all possible, it is recommended that both members of a couple attend this Master Class. (However, this is not required and you will still reap the benefits even if your partner can’t or won’t attend!)

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Define four common communication problems in couples impacted by ADHD
  2. Discover the importance of creating an effective verbal cue to enhance communication
  3. Learn three ways to calm an angry interaction
  4. Understand the importance of validation, and how it is different from agreement
  5. Implement at least four new tools for improved communication with your partner

About Melissa Orlov
Melissa Orlov is the author of The ADHD Effect on Marriage, named best psychology book of 2010 by ForeWord Reviews. A marriage consultant, she helps ADHD-affected couples from around the world rebalance their relationships and learn to thrive. She also teaches marriage counselors and other professionals about effective marriage therapy for couples impacted by ADHD. Orlov writes for ADDitude Magazine, blogs for Psychology Today, and blogs at She has been interviewed on the topic of ADHD and marriage by the New York Times, CNN, Today, US News and World Report, CBS, AOL and many others. Ms. Orlov is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College.

To learn more about Melissa and her work, visit

Day 3: Wednesday, October 9

kennyhandelmanMedication for ADHD and Co-existing Conditions
Presented by Dr. Kenny Handelman, MD
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 11:00am – 1:00pm EDT
Click here to listen to a podcast preview of this session!

After a diagnosis of ADHD, doctors generally suggest treatment with medication (and hopefully with non-medication treatment, as well). It’s important for each person who has ADHD (and their loved ones/caregivers) to develop a good understanding of the role of ADHD medication, how medications work, what the common side effects are, when to be concerned and when you should talk to your doctor. Since many people have trouble accessing an ADHD expert to help them, this Master Class was designed to help you to develop beginner and advanced knowledge about ADHD medication. Psychiatrist Dr. Kenny Handelman will cover the foundational information on ADHD medication, and then covering more advanced topics, including how to determine when to switch medications, which medicines are tried second, third or beyond, and what to do when there are comorbid/co-existing conditions, such as ODD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder or substance use disorders.

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Explore the role of medication in the treatment of ADHD
  2. Discover how ADHD medications work
  3. Understand the first line medications (medicines which are used first) as well as second/third line medications (which should be tried second/third if the first medicines don’t work)
  4. Find out how medicines should be adjusted when one has ADHD plus another condition – i.e. Depression, Anxiety, ODD, Substance use disorders, etc.
  5. Become empowered with the information you need to take an active role in your ADHD medication treatment

About Dr. Kenny Handelman
Dr. Kenny Handelman is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who is an expert in ADD/ADHD. He is board certified in the USA and Canada, and is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Handelman is the best-selling author of: Attention Difference Disorder: How To Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences Into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps, a book for parents of kids and teens with ADHD. Dr. Handelman teaches other doctors, residents and medical students, as well as parents, educators and kids/teens about ADD/ADHD. He speaks internationally on the subject and is often interviewed on television and radio. He conducts clinical research in ADD/ADHD, and writes the widely-read ADD ADHD Blog, getting over 750,000 visitors per year.

To learn more about Dr. Kenny and his work, visit

bonniemincuOvercoming Obstacles in Time Management
Presented by Bonnie Mincu, MA, MBA, SCAC
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 2:00pm – 4:00pm EDT
Click here to listen to a podcast preview of this session!

If the concept of “time management” makes your stomach clench, you’re not alone.  Almost everyone with ADDADHD has difficulty with time, whether it’s meeting deadlines, showing up late for appointments or just getting through a day’s to-do’s.  When you don’t have a realistic sense of time, the whole idea of planning seems an impossible dream. In this Master Class, Senior Certified ADHD Coach Bonnie Mincu will take the mystery out of time management, showing you a simple, intuitive “Time Sense Tool” that has never been taught in traditional time management classes.   Bonnie Mincu has developed this process and fine-tuned it with hundreds of ADHD adults, with amazing results. You can look forward to greater control over your work, smoother relationships, and reduced stress once you gain mastery over managing your time. This class will give you the tools to do it. Expect breakthroughs!

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Develop your ability to accurately predict how long something will take
  2. Uncover the pattern of obstacles that continually throw you off course, and create strategies to overcome them
  3. Learn how to prioritize under pressure
  4. Break through your difficulty getting started, using a tool to correctly identify the problem
  5. Use the key ingredients essential to your own planning success, taking into account your flow and tendencies

About Bonnie Mincu
Bonnie Mincu, founder of “Thrive with ADD,” is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach for Attention Deficit Disorder Adults. Bonnie became an ADHD Coach following 20+ years in corporate management, coaching, training and consulting. After leaving her position with a large consulting firm in 1999, she discovered that without the fast-paced structure and deadlines she was accustomed to, she was having trouble focusing on building her business. That’s when she found out she had ADD, and began advanced training in ADD Coaching. She formed her coaching and training company “Thrive with ADD” in 2001 to provide solutions for ADD Adults. Bonnie’s 5-minute online video, “The Attention Movie,” has touched people around the globe. She has developed learning resources on numerous Adult ADHD topics, including the in-depth “Procrastination Transformation” and “ADHD Productivity Engine” virtual workshops that span several weeks, and a “Self-Coaching” workbook/CD package. She has taught her Thrive with ADD at Work seminar at New York University annually since 2004. In true ADD fashion, Bonnie has had several careers prior to founding “Thrive with ADD,” spanning Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profits. Bonnie is also an avid oil painter and jewelry designer.

Credentials and Training:

  • Senior Certified ADHD Coach – Graduate of ADD Coach Academy and B-Coach
  • MA in Organizational Development
  • MBA in Marketing
  • Former Board member, ICF (International Coaching Federation) New York Chapter

Bonnie is based in the New York metropolitan area. She coaches clients all over the world by phone.

To learn more about Bonnie and her work, visit

Day 4: Thursday, October 10

davidnowellYour Brain on ADHD: Understanding Neurotransmitters in Daily Experience
Presented by Dr. David Nowell, PhD
Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:00am – 1:00pm EDT

Adults with ADHD are curious people, and many of us want to understand how our ADHD brains work differently. You may already know that the brain’s chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) associated with reward and motivation is dopamine. But do you know what dopamine does, or what it feels like in your body? In this Master Class, Dr. David Nowell will demonstrate that once we connect the dots with our own experience, brain science is endlessly fascinating – and useful! Dr. Nowell will explain how every experience, sensation, and decision that takes place in your brain is accompanied by tiny electrical signals initiated by chemical communication between brain cells. This information is extremely important to adults with ADHD, because you – the individual person behind all these messages – can take charge of these experiences when you know a bit about your unique brain and how it functions and (sometimes) dysfunctions.

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Explore the science of neurotransmitters and ADHD in practical, easy-to-understand language and examples
  2. Relate neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, GABA) to your actual living experience
  3. Learn the specific roles of neurotransmitters in human cognition and emotion
  4. Identify two of your specific body-states associated with dopamine, and understand the function of dopamine as it relates to reward and motivation
  5. Initiate a plan to take charge of your brain immediately!

About Dr. Nowell
David Nowell, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and Psychology Today contributor who is passionate about motivation and focus and fully engaged living.  He offers neuropsychological evaluation and consultations, and speaks internationally to clinicians on topics such as improving diagnostic interview skills, conducting risk assessment, managing ADHD/Processing Disorders, and applying findings from Positive Psychology.

To learn more about Dr. Nowell and his work, visit

davidgiwercEmpowering Your Signature Strengths for a Better ADHD Future
Presented by David Giwerc, MCC, MCAC, BCC
Thursday, October 10, 2013 2:00pm – 4:00pm EDT

The frenzy and sheer speed of today’s world is placing greater pressure to process and perform on a daily basis, and creating a working/living environment of perpetual stress that is overwhelming every adult with ADHD. Many of us find ourselves with no clear sense of purpose, or intention, and lacking the zest and passion necessary to sustain the effort to be productive, fulfilled human beings. In this Master Class, Master Certified Coach David Giwerc will share how he has empowered countless numbers of adults with ADHD to give themselves permission to proceed and create a fulfilling life of passion, purpose, and possibilities. He’ll help you transform the way you look at yourself from hopeless to hopeful; from self-deprecating to self-compassionate; and from broken to unique.

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Discover why you need to take the time to find out what you do well, and what is truly important to you
  2. Identify your natural patterns of performance that lead to consistent success
  3. Define your key virtues and values (Signature Character Strengths) that make up the core essence of who you are
  4. Find out how to integrate your strengths into your daily life
  5. Learn how to create a natural source of internal fuel to ignite your heart and head to become more productive

About David Giwerc
David Giwerc, MCC, MCAC, BCC, is Founder and President of the ADD Coach Academy, the world’s foremost ADHD coach training program. The ADD Coach Academy is the first and only comprehensive ADHD coach training program fully accredited by each of the following:

  • International Coach Federation, (ICF), the governing body for the entire coaching profession
  • Center for Credentialing & Education, (CCE)
  • Professional Association of ADHD Coaches, (PAAC), the organization responsible for establishing and maintaining global standards of excellence for credentialing ADHD coaches and accrediting qualified ADHD coach training schools and programs

David is a Master Certified ADHD Coach, MCAC with the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches, (PAAC), a Master Certified Coach, MCC, with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a Board Certified Coach, BCC, with the Center for Credentialing & Education, (CCE). For over fifteen years, David has established an internationally recognized coaching practice dedicated to empowering AD/HD entrepreneurs, and executives. David serves on the Advisory Boards of the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) and the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, (ADDA), the world’s leading organization supporting adults with ADHD. As a former president of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, (2003-2006), he was instrumental in making “National ADHD Awareness Day” an annual reality. The resolution, identified as US resolution 390, was unanimously approved in the U.S. Senate on July 6, 2004. Since its inception in the United States, it has grown internationally as an annual event designed to educate people all over the world about ADHD and the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, “Permission to Proceed, The Keys to Creating a Life of Passion Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD.” In his debut book, David shares his unique & effective coaching models for gaining control of one’s ADHD in life at home, work and in the community. David Giwerc and the ADD Coach Academy has been featured in numerous publications, including New York Times, New York Times magazine, Fortune, Inc. Magazine; radio and television programs and has been a speaker at various conferences nationally and internationally.

To learn more about David and his work, visit