Support Groups

Support Groups will be located throughout the metropolitan region in 2016.   Our groups are conducted in a range of formats and appeal to individuals at different stages of the ADHD / LD journey; parents, adults, partners.

Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. 

Note: information received during a support group, should be discussed with your health care team, before implementing changes to your medical care program.

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  • Tuesday, September 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Online Webinar - Access from home

    Free Online Webinar - University Students with ADHD + Q&A

    Ms Pauline Pannell, Disability Support Officer, UniAccess UWA & Dr Michele Toner, ADHD Coach

    The move from school to the university means students transition from a highly structured to a relatively unstructured environment. Whilst this can be liberating at first, the novelty soon wears off as the work builds up. Students often become overwhelmed and feel tempted to withdraw. But there is much that can be done to make University ADHD-friendly and keep them studying successfully.  Ideally, changes need to occur on two fronts – the university and the student. This webinar will address both. Pauline will outline the kinds of support available for student with ADHD, and the steps required to access them. Michele will discuss strategies to address the most common challenges she sees in her student-clients.

    Pauline_Pannnell.jpgPauline Pannell is a Disability Officer with UWA and has been in this role since 2008.  Pauline is a Registered Psychologist with many years of experience working with people with developmental and learning disabilities, and their families and educators.  She has also worked in a variety of tertiary teaching and public health education roles including assisting Aboriginal Health Workers in the Great Southern to improve smoking cessation rates and developing resources to promote the HPV vaccination.   She has a special interest in behaviour change management to improve health and education outcomes.

    michele_toner_2014_700_9366.jpgMichele Toner is a credentialled ADHD Coach who has been supporting people with ADHD for 20 years, and is passionate about her work. Her PhD thesis examined the challenges faced by university students with ADHD and the supports/ strategies required to overcome them.  She has been involved with LADS in many capacities and currently serves as chairperson of the Board, and a member of the Professional Advisory Body. She is also a Board member of the Australian Association of ADHD Professionals. Michele is a co-author, with Desiree Silva, of the recently published ADHD GO-TO-Guide for PARENTS AND TEACHERS. 

    You can link to the webinars from your computer at home to attend. Once you have made your booking you will receive an email with instructions for joining the webinars. Numbers are limited so book soon to avoid missing out.

     

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Online Webinar - Access from home

    Free Online Webinar - Teenagers with ADHD – the role of the GP and Psychologist + Q&A

    Ms Grace da Camara, Psychologist & Dr Madalena Bennett, GP

    This webinar will address the role of the GP in helping teens (and parents) when ADHD is a possible diagnosis. GPs are the first port of call, the ‘gate-keeper’, that can refer not only to specialists to confirm the diagnosis, but also psychologists and other allied health professionals. Developing a therapeutic relationship with one's GP especially as a teen is very important. Madalena will talk a about what to expect not only with an ADHD-specific consultation, a general consultation with a young person. Grace will address the importance of a psychologist in the treatment of ADHD in teenagers, and the importance of a team approach. She will also discuss the ONTRAC group programme for teens currently run by her at LADS.

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     Madalena Bennett graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2006, and completed her training in South Africa. She moved to Australia in 2010, initially working at Sydney Children's hospital for a year. She then moved to Perth and worked at Armadale Hospital in general medicine, aged care and then mental health for 1 year. In She started her GP training program in 2014 working at various practices from Kwinana to Parkwood. She completed my specialist training and became a fellow of the royal Australian college of general practitioners in 2016. Currently, Madalena works as a GP at Thornlie Medical Centre, and enjoys all aspects of general practice including mental health. I really enjoy speaking with people and empowering them to take charge of their health and wellbeing.

     Grace da Camara is a registered psychologist working with Adults, Adolescents, Children, as well as families. She provides a warm, supportive, compassionate and non-judgemental therapeutic environment that supports clients to recognize their own strengths and abilities to overcome challenges in life.  Grace is skilled in a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. She believes that the relationship between Therapist and Client is central to the counselling process and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, clients will have different needs based on their presenting issues and history. 

    You can link to the webinars from your computer at home to attend. Once you have made your booking you will receive an email with instructions for joining the webinars. Numbers are limited so book soon to avoid missing out.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Online Webinar - Access from home

    Free Online Webinar - Parents Partnering with High Schools + Q&A

    Ms Chantalle Chapman, School Psychologist

    ADHD causes serious challenges for children at school. For some students, ADHD can be ‘invisible’ condition, and unless teachers are kept informed, they may not be aware of their students’ struggles. Parents play a vital role in the education of children with ADHD. They are often well informed when it comes to ADHD and how it affects their child, and they can be a great resource for teachers. However, they sometimes find it hard to establish effective lines of communication with teachers, especially during the high school years. This webinar will provide parents with the skills and information they need to communicate effectively with high schools, and partner with teachers. It will also address the issue WACE exam accommodations for students with ADHD.

    Bio:

    PicChapman_Chantalle_(002).jpgChantalle Chapman is a Psychologist with a post-graduate qualification in Education.  She has nearly 20 years’ experience working in primary and secondary schools.  Although she currently works with adolescents in a Catholic setting, Chantalle has previously provided psychology consultation to government, Christian, Steiner, Islamic and Montessori schools.  Chantalle spent seven years working in Sydney where she held the position of Head of Counselling Services at Kincoppal-Rose Bay - a P to 12 school.  She concurrently convened professional development for Psychologists and Social Workers in independent schools in New South Wales. Currently the Psychologist at Iona Presentation College, Chantalle works as part of the Learning Enhancement Team at the College who identify, assess and manage students with learning and attentional disorders.

    You can link to the webinars from your computer at home to attend. Once you have made your booking you will receive an email with instructions for joining the webinars. Numbers are limited so book soon to avoid missing out.

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    The Niche in Nedlands, Australia

    October Night Sessions

    FREE WORKSHOP SERIES FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF ADHD CHILDREN AGED 6 TO 16 YEARS

    This Workshop Series Option is now sold out. 

    If you would like to put you name on our waiting list for our evening course, please follow this link.

    Thank you for your support of LADS.

     

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