CADDAC 6th Annual ADHD Conference In Vancouver, Nov 1st & 2nd Dr. Russell Barkley, Dr. Adele Diamond, Gina Pera & More

Cross posted to BCADHD

CADDAC, The Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada will have it’s 6th annual conference in Vancouver, BC November 1st & 2nd.


Early bird deadline is in 2 days October 14th, don’t wait.

It’s pretty rare to get ADHD conferences in Vancouver, CADDAC is a Toronto based Canadian ADHD organization so it’s meetings are usually down east in Toronto or Montreal, so you might want to check it out because you may not see another one again in BC for a long time. Maybe another decade.

CADDRA came to Vancouver for a conference almost a decade ago, 2005. See my blog posts on it part one and part two.

At the conference CADDAC had an day before the conference afternoon Advocating for ADHD Vancouver networking event. See my posts on it, part one, part two, part three

Here’s the CADDAC Vancouver BC conference detail

Date: Saturday November 1st – Sunday November 2nd, 2014

Location:  BC Children’s Hospital, Chan Centre for Family Health Education

950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 4H4

Two full days of presentations on ADHD and related topics geared towards parents, educators, adults with ADHD and their families, and medical professionals. For more information about conference topics, please view our presentation descriptions.

Here are the fees

Vancouver local Dr Adele Diamond who’s lab focuses on studying the PFC Prefrontal Cortex and executive functions in children will be talking about Strategies and Activities for Aiding the Development of Executive Functions.

I’ve been to her cool interdisciplinary Brain Development and learning conferences and I always learn a lot and they are very well run see my post on the 2008 one on ADHD and stress and my post on her great 2013 one. Check out her links to resources here.

We also have 3 other BCers speaking  Dr. Jake Locke, Dr. Shimi Kang, and Dr. Don Duncan.

Anyone who knows ADHD even at a moderate level has likely heard of the ADHD researcher’s researcher, Dr. Russell Barkley. Here’s a list of some of his ADHD books.  Want to show people the science of adhd in adults? He wrote the book on it. I quote from it widely.

He’s also mentioned my list on Canadian ADHD support groups in one of his books, thanks for the mention eh? See his 40 hours of free videos on ADHD.

Gina Pera I’ve know for a long time online, will be nice to meet her in real life. She wrote a book called the ADHD Roller Coaster which has 4, count em, 4 chapters on denial.

I think she should sell those chapters as a separate ebook. The need is huge. I’ve lost track of how many people have told me they want me to coach their ADHD spouse but “they’re in denial” about ADHD.

Here’s the Featured speakers:

Dr. Russell Barkley Ph.D., is a world renowned expert in the field of ADHD, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Diplomate (board certified) in three specialties: Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).  Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 21 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering 28 editions. He has also published more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.

Dr. Adele Diamond Ph.D., is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her work integrates developmental, cognitive, neuroscience, and molecular genetic approaches to examine fundamental questions about the development of the cognitive control abilities that rely on a region of the brain known as ‘prefrontal cortex’ and has changed medical practice worldwide for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the type of ADHD without hyperactivity. Her recent work, including a paper in the journal, Science, is affecting early education practices around the world.

Dr. Don Duncan MD, FRCPC, is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC. He serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UBC. Dr. Duncan’s interest in ADHD comes from both personal and professional experience with the disorder. He has been diagnosed with ADHD himself and has children and siblings who have been diagnosed.

Dr. Shimi Kang MD, FRCPC, is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver Community, a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at BC Children’s Hospital. She is the author of The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into aTiger.

Dr. Jake Locke MD, FRCPC, is a UBC Clinical Associate Professor on Active Staff at BC Children’s Hospital for the past 20 years. After graduation form UBC Medical School he worked as a Family Physician for 8 years in Kelowna before returning to specialize in Child Psychiatry. He has a personal Mindfulness practice and is currently involved in 2 Mindfulness research projects.

Gina Pera intimately knows the impact of ADHD on adult life, especially relationships. Married 16 years to a scientist diagnosed at age 37, she has also supported thousands of adults with ADHD and their partners in their post-diagnosis journey. Her ground breaking book, Is It You, Me or Adult A.D.D.?, won four national book awards and was showcased on PBS TV stations nationwide.

Heidi Bernhardt RN, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three young men with ADHD and the founder, President and Executive Director of CADDAC. Over the past 22 years, Heidi has helped raise awareness and understanding of ADHD among parents, educators, healthcare professionals, industry, and government through presentations, conferences, media interviews, and advocacy work.

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