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Introducing MPA's 2017-2018 Post-Doctoral Institute on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Across the Lifespan

PDI Details and Course Descriptions

The Maryland Psychological Association/Foundation Post-Doctoral Institutes (PDI) were created to provide focused training in specific clinical skills for psychologists and other post-graduate mental health professionals. Prior PDI's have focused on Forensic Psychology, Couples in Conflict, Personality Disorders, Clinical Hypnosis, Child Psychology, Trauma, and Marital Therapy. The Post-Doctoral Institute on ADHD provides an opportunity for clinicians to obtain in-depth continuing education regarding the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan. PDI fellows also benefit from the opportunity to participate in small group discussions and case presentations highlighting relevant topics with the training coordinator, Dr. Carol Ann Robbins, Ph.D., and with each of our faculty presenters. This PDI spans 13 months (October 2017 through November 2018) and therefore allows the clinician to acquire knowledge and applicable strategies in a long-term framework. A special Post-Doctoral certificate of completion will be awarded to those licensed psychologists who are enrolled and complete the total PDI. CE certificates will be awarded following each workshop for the number of credit hours earned in that workshop (total of 24 hours). Those enrolled in the complete post-doctoral institute will also receive CE certificates for the small group discussion seminars (an additional 9 hours).

Overview of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder PDI

The Board of Educational Affairs of the Maryland Psychological Association is offering a 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Institute (PDI) on the topic of ADHD across the lifespan - diagnosing, assessing, and treating it. This is a particularly important topic due to the increased recognition of the various presentations and trajectories of ADHD from early childhood through the retirement years. In this PDI, we will cover current theoretical formulations, research findings, and clinical applications (including attention to their evidence-base) for treating and assessing children, young adults, college students, adults, and couples. Course director is Carol Ann Robbins, Ph.D.

The PDI will consist of 5 three-hour workshops and 1 six-hour workshops; an introductory seminar of three hours; and 6 ninety-minute small group discussion seminars for a total of 33 hours contact time (21 workshop hours, 3 hours introductory seminar, 9 hours small group discussion seminars). The group meetings will provide for face-to-face small group discussions between registrants and the expert presenters. Topics to be covered include: Using CBT to treat children with ADHD; Learning how to implement executive functioning/organizational skills and strategies for children at home and in school; Assessment of Older Adolescents and Adults with ADHD/LD; Helping students with ADHD/LD effectively navigate college; Treating adult ADHD (failure to launch, workplace and career issues, multigenerational approach with solution-focused ADD-friendly strategies); and Treating couples with ADHD. The introductory PDI seminar will provide 1) an overview of and introduction to the PDI; 2) an overview of the neurology and key features of ADHD, and 3) a guide to making the clinical diagnosis. The ninety minute small group discussion seminars will ensure that PDI participants and faculty have sufficient time to informally discuss the material presented in the workshops, including relevant clinical cases. The groups will address how to specifically implement theoretical, research, and clinical knowledge into practice. We will foster a supportive and encouraging atmosphere within the small discussion groups so that participants can readily discuss how they are doing implementing knowledge from the PDI into their practices.

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