New to ADAA's Annual Conference? We've Got You Covered!

New to ADAA's Annual Conference? We've Got You Covered!

Brian Schmaus, PhD

Brian Schmaus, PhD

Member Since 2009

Dr. Brian Schmaus is a clinical psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago.  He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Dr.Schmaus has received training from leading experts in the fields of anxiety and related disorders.  He uses empirically supported treatments and tailors every treatment plan to the specific clinical needs of the patient. Dr.Schmaus has extensive experience working with anxious patients on the Autism Spectrum, and he has given several presentations at national conferences on the topic.  He has also presented on anxiety and anxiety related disorders and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. He teaches patients how to manage their worries and fears so they can learn how to tolerate uncertainty. Dr. Schmaus is the chair of the ADAA Membership Committee.

Dr. Schmaus and ADAA

ADAA “helps me stay connected with the latest research and clinical practice for treating anxiety and related disorders. I first joined ADAA in 2008 and attended my first conference that year. It was towards the end of my graduate school training that I first learned of ADAA. One of my supervisors encouraged me to join ADAA and attend the annual conference. I enjoy being involved in a community where I get to meet and connect with a great number of people with similar clinical interests.”

 

New to ADAA's Annual Conference? We've Got You Covered!

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If you are attending ADAA's Annual Conference for the first time in 2022, welcome. With over 1,000 attendees expected and more than 100 engaging sessions anticipated, events, and networking opportunities, it could be easy to be overwhelmed. But we are here to help combat that feeling with a few helpful tips to make the most of your time at #ADAA2022. And, don't forget - everyone was a new attendee at some point - me included!

Pace Yourself

Don't feel like you must see and do everything - you can't. Look at the available sessions in each time block and prioritize those sessions you wish to participate in live, whether that is for the potential audience engagement or the Q&A opportunity. ADAA will be offering a limited number of sessions in a recorded format following the conference. Think about which sessions you may be able to watch virtually to free up time during the live event.

It's Not Just a Conference. It's Your Community

ADAA's Annual Conference offers a variety of exciting networking opportunities so you can catch up with your friends and meet new colleagues. Plan to stay over Saturday night and attend the awards ceremony event to celebrate your colleagues' accomplishments. Throughout the conference, many ADAA Special Interest Groups host events allowing you to network with your colleagues who share similar specialties or interests. For first-time attendees specifically, plan to attend the first-time attendee breakfast to get to know each other and a little bit more about ADAA. And, for early career professionals and students, make sure you join the Early Career Professionals and Students Luncheon for an opportunity to connect with senior clinicians and researchers as well as other newcomers.

Don't be shy. Introduce yourself to other attendees, ADAA leadership, and ADAA staff - they are looking forward to meeting you. Make sure to check out the ribbon board where you can add first-time attendee or new member ribbons to your badge. These make for easy conversation starters!

Another great way to get involved and connect with colleagues is to tweet about your experiences!

Support the Next Generation of Mental Health Professionals

Poster sessions often feature students and early career professionals sharing and discussing their research and ideas for clinical innovation. Planning ahead to stay for the poster session and engaging with these younger professionals is a great way to support the future of the mental health community. Input and guidance from more senior colleagues help to further develop these ideas and research opportunities.

Remember Self-Care

ADAA's 2022 conference is being held in Denver, Colorado. While Denver offers a variety of outdoor experiences and dynamic restaurants, the elevation can be an adjustment for those coming from lower altitude areas. Remember to drink plenty of water, rest when you need to, and make sure to recharge. Take a coffee break and chat with other attendees or take a quick walk outside for some fresh air.

HAVE FUN!

Make the most of your time at #ADAA2022. If you have any questions or run into any issues, ask any ADAA staff member for help! They want to know you and want to help ensure you have a great experience.

And, if you aren't an ADAA member yet, let us tell you all about the many benefits that you will have access to when you join. We want you to stay involved with ADAA long after your first conference ends. Make ADAA your new professional home!

Brian Schmaus, PhD

Brian Schmaus, PhD

Member Since 2009

Dr. Brian Schmaus is a clinical psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago.  He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Dr.Schmaus has received training from leading experts in the fields of anxiety and related disorders.  He uses empirically supported treatments and tailors every treatment plan to the specific clinical needs of the patient. Dr.Schmaus has extensive experience working with anxious patients on the Autism Spectrum, and he has given several presentations at national conferences on the topic.  He has also presented on anxiety and anxiety related disorders and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. He teaches patients how to manage their worries and fears so they can learn how to tolerate uncertainty. Dr. Schmaus is the chair of the ADAA Membership Committee.

Dr. Schmaus and ADAA

ADAA “helps me stay connected with the latest research and clinical practice for treating anxiety and related disorders. I first joined ADAA in 2008 and attended my first conference that year. It was towards the end of my graduate school training that I first learned of ADAA. One of my supervisors encouraged me to join ADAA and attend the annual conference. I enjoy being involved in a community where I get to meet and connect with a great number of people with similar clinical interests.”

 

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