Thursday, September 27, 2012

ICD Conference in Chicago

Last weekend I attended the  Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) conference in Chicago. ICD is an excellent educational and research source for Professional Organizers. The theme for this year's conference was Overcoming Obstacles. The conference looked at obstacles such as procrastination, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, aging issues, lingering grievances, and time management challenges.

180 attendees gathered to listen and share experiences. In addition to the powerful sessions, there was time to network and just talk to other organizers, coaches, counselors, move managers, students, and other resource people who attended and participated. Attendees came not only from all over the USA but also from Canada, Japan, Jamaica, and the Netherlands.

We received a valuable handout with research abstracts of ongoing studies as well as notes and handouts from the presenters. One of the presenters, Lois McElravy, who spoke on brain injury and ADHD, actually received a brain injury from an accident and was speaking firsthand about the experiences of living with this obstacle. Another speaker, Patrick Corrigan, PsyD, spoke on the stigma of mental illness. He suffers with this obstacle himself and could hare personal insights along with research.

I discovered new material during this conference and also received affirmation of the methods I am already using. I feel that taking time off from working directly with my clients to learn more about my profession is a very valuable use of my time.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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