Upcoming Events & Webinars

All events/webinars are in Central time. If you’re looking for a past event, please check our “Support Shop” page to find past webinars that are available for purchase!
PDA North America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from webinars help support PDA North America. Don’t want to attend a webinar/training but still want to support us? Donate here.
 

Trauma Toolkit: Yoga for Trauma Recovery

February 29, 2024

5:00 pm

Central Time

Living with PDA (whether a PDAer yourself, or in a family with PDAer) can lead to trauma in many forms. The practice of yoga can play a significant role in trauma recovery by helping to restructure parts of the brain that have been the most compromised by trauma.

Joining us is Laura Phoenix from Warrior Pose Yoga & Healing inviting you to learn how an evidence-based approach to yoga can reduce post-traumatic stress. After a short talk, she will ask you to join in a movement practice using this approach.  All bodies, including beginners, are welcome.

Live AMA with Dr. Jessica Myszak (free)

March 1, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

Dr. Jessica Myszak, a PDA-affirming psychologist and sponsor of the PDA North America conference in March, will be hosting an AMA (ask me anything) session LIVE via zoom.
Don’t miss the opportunity to have your burning PDA education questions answered!

PDA North America Conference

March 6, 2024

9:00 am

Central Time

We are so excited to announce our 5th annual PDA North America Conference. Joining us this year are some incredible experts including our keynote speaker – Linda K. Murphy, MS, CCC-SLP and author of Declarative Language Handbook and Co-Regulation Handbook.
Other experts & speakers include Diane Gould, Founder of PDA North America, Ruth Fidler, Education Consultant and author, Sally Cat author of PDA by PDAers, Brook Madera of No Pressure PDA, Zach Morris, Education Consultant for PDAers, Sandra McConnell, PDA Certified Trainer & Parent Consultant, PJ Starling – adult PDAer and PDANA Board Member, and Colleen Hanson speaking on Polyvagal Theory.

Webinar: Understanding and Bridging the Expectation Gap for PDAers in the Parent-Child Relationship

March 21, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

This presentation will explore the underlying challenges many PDAers experience, the capacity of the parent/caregiver, and the goal of finding the right balance for your family. We will discuss the concept of “hidden disabilities” and finding the “just-right challenge” when parenting PDAers and other neurodivergent children who have a critical need for control and a highly sensitive stress response system. Finally, we will investigate barriers to a low demand parenting approach and ways to promote more emotional regulation in the family.

Dr. Alex Klein, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in parenting as well as assessing neurodivergent adults and children.

PDA 101 (free monthly event)

April 4, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

Introducing PDA 101 – A monthly webinar led by PDA North America founder and licensed therapist, Diane Gould. This webinar is for families, individuals and professionals who have recently heard of PDA (pathological demand avoidance) or a refresher course for those that want to dig a little deeper into their basic understanding of PDA. Diane will do a presentation and answer questions at the end.

Held the first Thursday each month at 7:00 CST. Registration is required. To protect the privacy of those attending, these webinars will not be recorded.

PDA North America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from webinars help support PDA North America. Don’t want to attend a webinar but still want to support us? Donate here.

Level 1 – PDA North America Certificate Program

April 6, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

The Level 1 PDA North America Certificate Program Level was created for professionals and/or mentors of PDAers (parents included).

Led by our amazing team of neurodivergent experts, Diane Gould, Founder of PDANA and LCSW, Zach Morris (autsitc), Education Consultant & Homeschool Advisor, and Sandra McConnell (PDA/autistic), Certified PDA Trainer and Parent Consultant.

This five-hour training will cover topics from an in-depth look at the PDA (pathological demand avoidant) profile of autism by Diane Gould, Executive Director of PDA North America, along with two of the biggest struggles that every PDA parent faces – the parenting paradigm shift, and education/learning and PDA.

The training will take place via Zoom and will be recorded. All ticket purchasers will have access to the recording for 2 weeks.

Webinar: Internalized PDA & The PDA Safe Circle

April 18, 2024

8:00 pm

Central Time

Internalized PDA & The PDA Safe Circle with Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

What is internalized PDA? How does it compare to the better known externalized presentation of the disability? How can we support internalized PDA’ers?

Drawing from her lived experiences and professional work, Rabbi Shoshana will help us understand how PDA feels from the inside, and the diverse ways it can look from the outside. In addition, she will introduce us to her model of the PDA Safe Circle. The PDA Safe Circle is a visual model of how it feels to be PDA, and illustrates how both internalized and externalized PDA’ers can expand their zone of comfort using the strengths of their neurotype.Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman is a late-diagnosed Autistic PDA’er, and mother to an Autistic PDA child. In addition to unschooling her child full time, she is a neurodivergent-affirming coach specializing in late-diagnosed Autism and PDA. She is also a writer and activist whose work has been published in many venues, including The New York Times, YES! Magazine, WBUR’s Cognoscenti and several anthologies. Her posts on Autistic identity and PDA have gained a following on Instagram. Find her @rabbishoshana. More information: rabbishoshana.com.

PDA North America Training Certification Level 2 (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

April 20, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

PDA North America Certificate Program – Level 2

For the first time we are offering the Level 2 PDA North America Certificate Program created by our neurodivergent experts. This course was created for professionals. Led by our amazing team of experts, Diane Gould, Founder of PDANA and LCSW, Zach Morris, Education Consultant & Homeschool Advisor, and Sandra McConnell, Certified PDA Trainer and Parent Consultant.

In this training we will discuss anecdotal cases and/or students and give you an activity to complete during your training.

The training will take place via Zoom and will NOT be recorded. All ticket purchasers must attend this live in order to receive the certificate of completion.