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Digital Seminar

Let’s Talk About Stigma: Normalizing ADHD in Black and other Marginalized Communities

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Evelyn Polk Green, MSEd |  Rene Brooks
1 Hour 33 Minutes
Nov 11, 2022
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Living with ADHD is hard. And like with most things, being Black, poor, or from any traditionally marginalized community makes it even harder—every challenge and issue are multiplied exponentially.

In these communities, ADHD is not only over diagnosed and undiagnosed, but also both overtreated and undertreated, and largely is ignored, dismissed—or even worse—ridiculed. This session will focus on strategies for addressing:

  • Where and when Stigma about ADHD occurs including within the nuclear and/or extended family
  • How diagnosis and treatment fears manifest Stigma and the impact on educational and social outcomes
  • Building an ADHD community of family, friends and the right professionals

View this must-see training to transform your treatment of ADHD marginalized clients.


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Evelyn Polk Green, MSEd's Profile

Evelyn Polk Green, MSEd Related seminars and products

Evelyn Polk Green, MSEd, is a past national president of both ADDA, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Evelyn is an adult with ADHD, and the mother of two adult sons, Perry and Robert, both of whom also have ADHD. Active in ADHD and mental health advocacy for more than 25 years, she has served as a leader representing the family voice in the ADHD and mental health communities in many capacities, including as a member of the Network on Children’s Mental Health Services funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She frequently represents the family/consumer perspective on mental health issues and often speaks to audiences and the media on a variety of topics. She has been focused on the challenges of ADHD in minority, poor and other underserved populations throughout her advocacy career. She is the recipient of several honors for her volunteer work in mental health and education, including the Beacon College Achieving Lifetime Vision and Excellence (ALiVE) Award for her advocacy work on behalf of children and adults with learning differences and ADHD. Evelyn works as an administrator with the Chicago Public Schools, planning professional development programs for early childhood special education professionals and families. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees from National Louis University and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Evelyn Polk Green has an employment relationship with Chicago Public Schools. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Evelyn Polk Green is a member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Black Child Development Institute.

Rene Brooks's Profile

Rene Brooks Related seminars and products

René Brooks has taken a late-life diagnosis and used it to uplift others. After being diagnosed with ADHD 3 times (age 7, 11, and 25), at 25 she was able to get the treatment she deserved. She is the found of Black Girl, Lost Keys, a blog that empowers black women with ADHD and shows them how to live well with the disorder.

In addition to Black Girl, Lost Keys, René has written for Healthline and is a Patent Contributor to TEVA Pharmaceutical’s Life Effects project. She has spoken at The International Alliance of Patients Organization’s 8th Annual Congress.

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  1. Determine where and when Stigma about ADHD in marginalized clients occurs including within the nuclear and/or extended family.
  2. Demonstrate how ADHD diagnosis and treatment fears in marginalized clients manifest Stigma and the impact on client outcomes.
  3. Integrate strategies for helping clients build an ADHD community comprised of family, friends and the right professionals.


  • Where and when does Stigma about ADHD Occur
    • External sources
    • Marginalized communities
    • Within the family
  • How Stigma Manifests: Diagnosis and Treatment Fears due to Stigma
    • Historical medical maltreatment and trauma
    • Symptoms and/or needs being ignored or unmet
    • Labeling children or setting them on the school to prison pipeline
  • Addressing the Challenges of Stigma in Marginalized Communities
    • Strategies for dealing with friends and family
    • Finding the right professionals
    • Creating community - building your ADHD
    • Normalizing ADHD in our communities

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Educators/Teachers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers


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