Past Community Sessions

➤ January 2022

➤ December 2021

➤ November 2021

➤ October 2021

➤ September 2021

View Upcoming Community Sessions


January 2022

January 5

Task Initiation: Jump-Start the Start-Up!
Staring at an ever-growing laundry or dish pile? Mounting dread with each day you didn’t respond to that should-be-simple text or email? Deadline approaching for that work or school project you just can’t seem to start? Yeah, us too… Unfortunately, task initiation is one super-common struggle for people with ADHD. Good news: by learning more about what’s actually going on behind the scenes, we can develop personalized strategies to help get things rolling by working WITH our ADHD, not against it, and giving ourselves compassion along the way.

Speaker: Noor Wise
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter

January 12

Community Check-In
Unstructured and open space is important for ADHD brains! It’s where we get to rest, play, and process. We’re holding a space for you to bring whatever is up for you to talk about, share your queer ADHD experience, get and offer support, and build community.

Hosts: Dylan Marie Alter, Noor Wise


December 2021

December 1

Identifying and Dismantling Internalized Oppression
As queer ADHDers, we’re living in a world not designed for and even actively opposed to us. Expectations and criticisms from the outside are near-constant, and that’s tough enough to navigate! But what happens when the most insidious messages are calling from inside the house? The voices we vehemently disagree with on a conscious level find ways to ooze their way in, subtly possessing our inner voice and controlling our movements by almost-invisible strings. Get ready to break out the scissors, turn on the lights, and shun the shaming puppeteer – good riddance!

Speaker: Noor Wise
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter

December 8

Community Check-In
Unstructured and open space is important for ADHD brains! It’s where we get to rest, play, and process. We’re holding a space for you to bring whatever is up for you to talk about, share your queer ADHD experience, get and offer support, and build community.

Hosts: Dylan Marie Alter, Noor Wise

December 15

Get It Done!
What annoying thing in your physical environment are you avoiding? Is there a pile of clutter in the corner you keep walking past? Is there a dead car battery in your office, or a random piece of plywood in your bedroom? Perhaps there are coffee cups that have gone feral and are refusing to rejoin society. Join us as we help the rubber meet the road, unhook the caboose, and use some of the strategies we’ve learned at Queer ADHD to overcome those little things we’ve been avoiding for months so we can stop feeling guilty about them.

Speaker: Dylan Marie Alter
Host: 
Noor Wise

December 22

Communicating On Your Own Terms
Ever had one of those conversations that didn’t go badly but you felt angry, uncomfortable, or violated afterwards? Have you ever answered an intrusive question and later thought, “Actually, none of your business”? Let’s talk about defining and holding our communication boundaries.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host: 
Noor Wise

December 29

Yours, Mine and…Don’t Touch That
What is it like when one or more people in a household has ADHD? Probably not boring, but also maybe a lot. This week we will learn some strategies for accommodating conflicting needs (including sensory needs), communication, boundaries, and not impulsively spending the rent money.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter


November 2021

November 3

Everything is a lot! (Overwhelm)
Do you have places to go, people to see, projects to finish, dinner to cook, that other thing you forgot, and not enough time to sleep? What would it be like to experience less overwhelm? This week we’ll learn about the different types of overwhelm and dig into some strategies that can help us take a mental, emotional, and physical load off.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter

November 10

Community Check-In
Unstructured and open space is important for ADHD brains! It’s where we get to rest, play, and process. We’re holding a space for you to bring whatever is up for you to talk about, share your queer ADHD experience, get and offer support, and build community.

Hosts: Dylan Marie Alter, Noor Wise

November 17

Setting Authentic Goals
Sometimes the goals we set for ourselves are things we are “supposed” to want because of societal or family expectations. There is nothing wrong with going into the family business or buying a house in the suburbs if you genuinely want to, but too many of us queer neurodivergents find ourselves pursuing goals that ultimately feel hollow. Let’s talk about how to set authentic goals based on what we really want.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host: 
Noor Wise

November 24

Self Advocacy
Navigating a world built for neurotypicals means we sometimes (often) have to advocate for ourselves to get what we need. How do we identify our own needs and navigate systems not built by or for us? How do we start the conversation? This week we’ll talk about what it means to advocate for ourselves and how we can do it.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter


October 2021

October 6

Relationships — Focus on Friendships
It’s not easy to make new friends as an adult, and keeping them can be a challenge for those of us with ADHD. Why do we sometimes feel friendless despite having nice humans in our contact list? How can we cope with anxiety around communication or guilt around falling out of touch? Let’s talk about how we can grow and maintain fun, fulfilling, platonic relationships, and how to be a good friend to others.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter

October 13

Community Check-In
Unstructured and open space is important for ADHD brains! It’s where we get to rest, play, and process. We’re holding a space for you to bring whatever is up for you to talk about, share your queer ADHD experience, get and offer support, and build community.

Hosts: Dylan Marie Alter, Lou Rogers

October 20

Self-Compassion
We may have endless kindness, patience, and support for friends, but do we also offer that compassion to ourselves? Berating ourselves into self-acceptance does not work. Let’s talk about why self-compassion is important and how to update our inner voice.

Speaker: Sarah Dopp
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter

October 27

Cognitive Reframing — A Multi-Tool for Solutions
Cognitive reframing is a powerful tool that can be used to shift seemingly insurmountable problems into opportunities, and frustrations into play. We’ll discuss and practice how to use reframing, why queer people with ADHD have some unique reframing skillsets, and how to avoid harmful pitfalls like bypassing or gaslighting.

Speaker: Dylan Marie Alter
Host: 
Sarah Dopp


September 2021

September 1

Boundaries – Beyond the Basics
Let’s delve deeper into boundaries with a focus on the hard topics: how to have tough conversations, how to enforce our BIG boundaries, and how to navigate situations where we might want to (or have to) flex or adapt our boundaries.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host:
Dylan Marie Alter

September 8

Community Check-In
Unstructured and open space is important for ADHD brains! It’s where we get to rest, play, and process. We’re holding a space for you to bring whatever is up for you to talk about, share your queer ADHD experience, get and offer support, and build community.

Hosts: Dylan Marie Alter, Sarah Dopp

September 15

Envisioning Your Future and Future Self
The future can be a little fuzzy, especially for those of us who struggle with time perception and object permanence. Let’s talk about how to envision our future and our future self in a way that is realistic, honors our core self, and doesn’t sell us short. This work can provide a strong foundation for long-term satisfaction and goals.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host:
Dylan Marie Alter

September 22

Organizing Our Digital Lives
Technology is for supporting our lives, not derailing it! Let’s look at ADHD-friendly ways to wrangle our inboxes, browser tabs, passwords, social media, and mobile apps.

Speaker: Sarah Dopp
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter

September 29

Situational Awareness
What is happening and what am I supposed to be doing? Why is everyone else wearing shoes? This week we’ll learn some strategies to prepare ourselves for the expected and the unexpected, talk about awkward social situations, and take a look at personal safety.

Speaker: Lou Rogers
Host: 
Dylan Marie Alter