Webinars & Podcasts

“Start with ‘Hello’: How to Reduce Social Anxiety and Foster Connections” [Video Replay and Podcast #395]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#395), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on April 6, 2022.

Episode Description

Do you hesitate to reach out to old friends — uncertain whether they’re eager to hear from you? Do you seldom make new friends — apprehensive about risking rejection or just too exhausted to invest time and energy in social endeavors? Is speaking in public so uncomfortable that you avoid ordering take-out at your favorite cafe?

Many adults with ADHD struggle with fears of embarrassment, rejection, or criticism and hold back from participating in the relationships they truly desire. Still others are worried about missing conversational cues, and then being mocked or excluded. During these past two years of pandemic isolation and restrictions, social anxiety and rejection sensitivity have increased across the board. In other words, you may feel alone, but many others are sharing this experience.

In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline — award-winning author, international speaker, and consultant — will help you learn to participate in social situations with more confidence and less self-criticism. She will explain how social anxiety works and offer tools for reducing your discomfort while improving your communication skills. You will learn how to initiate and maintain friendships, manage rejection sensitivity dysphoria, and improve your ability to connect with partners, peers, children, and even love interests. By developing resilience and shifting your mindset, you’ll be prepared to head out into the world with courage, authenticity, and concrete techniques.

In this free, hour-long webinar you will do the following:

  1. Understand how social anxiety and rejection sensitivity dysphoria impact adults and older teens with ADHD
  2. Learn to overcome limiting beliefs and behaviors with practical tools based on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness
  3. Develop effective strategies for managing social situations and personal relationships with ease and confidence
  4. Improve communication skills to engage in clear, appropriate, and meaningful conversations
  5. Explore tools for improving resilience and maintaining a growth mindset.

Watch the Video Replay

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

If you attended the live webinar on April 6, 2022, watched the video replay, or listened to the podcast, you may purchase a certificate of attendance option (cost: $10). Note: ADDitude does not offer CEU credits. Click here to purchase the certificate of attendance option »


Meet the Expert Speaker:

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of the award-winning book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life (#CommissionsEarned) and The ADHD Solution Deck (#CommissionsEarned) specializes in working with children, teens, emerging adults and families living with ADHD, anxiety, learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, twice exceptionality and mental health issues. | See expert’s full bio »

#CommissionsEarned As an Amazon Associate, ADDitude earns a commission from qualifying purchases made by ADDitude readers on the affiliate links we share. However, all products linked in the ADDitude Store have been independently selected by our editors and/or recommended by our readers. Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

Listener Testimonials

“Thank you, Dr. Saline! Your presentation was thoughtful and clear, with relatable and usable action steps. Instead of leaving your webinar with more concerns, I leave feeling empowered.”

“[Dr. Saline’s] advice was clear, perceptive, and so very hopeful, and the tools provided were practical and easily implemented.”

“Glad to know there are a lot of people like me and that my social anxiety can be managed through strategies and practice, practice, practice. This session was fantastic!”


Webinar Sponsor

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