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ADHD is a neurological condition, but it has significant psychological effects on how a person sees themselves, addresses challenges, and interacts with others. While standard therapy techniques can be beneficial, therapists who better understand the many effects of ADHD on a person’s life and mindset will be much more effective, whether in individual, couples, or family therapy. We will discuss four inter-related areas:
- Promoting Acceptance: helping individuals with ADHD and/or family members better understand ADHD and set appropriate expectations, while also pushing themselves to bring their best to challenges.
- The Psychology of Medication: stimulants are the most effective medications in all of psychiatry, but there are still many who resist trying them. This section will discuss how people think about ADHD and what it takes to manage it, as well as what it means to take medication. The goal is to help clients make a well-informed and well-thought-out decision about this aspect of treatment.
- Building a Stronger Mindset: Those with ADHD tend to have certain kinds of experiences that lead to certain mindset traps (e.g., avoidance/protective pessimism, self-mistrust, acceptance of chaos, and conflict avoidance). Although these mindset traps make some sense, there are more effective ways of approaching challenges, so I will discuss how to shift clients to a more resilient mindset.
- Promoting More Satisfying Relationships: ADHD in one partner can exacerbate certain dynamics within a romantic relationship. When poorly managed, both partners feel frustrated and powerless. Therapists can help the couple find a better balance as they help the partners think through what to change about their partner and what to accept.
Dr. Tuckman's books can be found here:
- ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship
- Understand Your Brain, Get More Done
- More Attention, Less Deficit
- Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD
- Attendees will be able to assist clients with understanding, accepting, and integrating a diagnosis of ADHD, whether in themselves, a romantic partner, or a child (1.5 hours).
- What it means to have neurologically-based deficits (that look willful)
- Happiness comes from not only improving performance, but also actively accepting limitations
- Mourning past struggles and a future that will differ in some ways from expectations
- Applying understanding and acceptance to create a life worth living
- Attendees will be able to assist clients to make well informed, well considered choices about treatment options (1.5 hours).
- What are the facts about various treatment options?
- Why do some clients have such reservations about medication, despite it being the most effective treatment for ADHD?
- Why are much less effective non-medication remedies often preferred?
- Assisting clients to assess the risks and benefits of potential treatments, as well as non-treatment, so they can make a fully informed choice.
- Attendees will be able to address the maladaptive coping mechanisms that are common to those with ADHD and help them create a resilient mindset (1.5 hours).
- The deficits of ADHD tend to make certain experiences more common which makes specific maladaptive coping mechanisms more common. While logical and sometimes beneficial, overall they do not serve the person with ADHD.
- We will discuss specific methods to address each of these particular maladaptive coping mechanisms and create a more resilient mindset in the face of challenge or adversity.
- Addressing the interaction effect of comorbid conditions like anxiety, depression, substance abuse, sleep disorders, etc.
- Attendees will be able to help clients improve their relationship and sexual functioning and satisfaction by creating better balance in the relationship (1.5 hours).
- Discuss the many ways that ADHD can impact a couple's relationship, including their sex life.
- We will discuss how to restore balance and good feelings so they can function better and be happier together.
- Attendees will be able to assist clients with understanding, accepting, and integrating a diagnosis of ADHD, whether in themselves, a romantic partner, or a child.
- Attendees will describe ways that ADHD can impact both romantic partners and the common dynamics that ensue.
- Attendees will be able to address the maladaptive coping mechanisms that are common to those with ADHD and help them create a resilient mindset.
- Attendees will create more sustainable solutions to differences and disagreements in relationships
- Attendees will be able to explain how to help clients improve their relationship and sexual functioning and satisfaction by creating better balance in the relationship.
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
- Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
- Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
- Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives
This Webinar Offers 6 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.
- This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
- NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
- NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
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