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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Across the Lifespan

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Introductory Seminar for ADHD PDI
October 6, 2017
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Loyola University Columbia Campus, Columbia, MD

Carol Ann Robbins, Ph.D.

Workshop Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate.

The introductory PDI seminar will provide
1) an overview of and introduction to the ADHD Across of the Lifespan PDI;
2) an overview of the neurology and key features of ADHD, and
3) a detailed guide to making the clinical dignosis.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children with ADHD
November 3, 2017
8:30 am - 11:45 am
BWI Marriott, Linthicum Heights, MD

Tana Clarke, Ph.D.

Workshop Level:Intermediate. Familiarity with ADHD symptoms and diagnosis will be assumed.

The Small Group Seminar on this topic will take place on December 8, 2017

This workshop takes place at MPA's Annual Convention. PDI registration will include a full day registration at convention

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported treatment for a variety of childhood disorders. However, implementing this kind of treatment with children with attention problems can be uniquely challenging. Additionally, variability within the diagnostic category of ADHD, as well as the frequent comorbidity associated with ADHD can further contribute to challenges effectively implementing CBT with children with ADHD. The program will review recent developments in the ADHD field about behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatment of attention problems. This workshop will also focus on designing a clinically appropriate treatment plan and will spend a significant amount of time focusing on practical clinical resources, including technology and applications, treatment worksheets and handouts, and other hands-on clinical methods to utilize in treatment.1

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Treating ADHD-Affected Couples
November 3, 2017
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm
BWI Marriott, Linthicum Heights, MD

Carol Ann Robbins, Ph.D.

Workshop Level: Intermediate (But Beginning and Advanced are welcome)

The Small Group Seminar on this topic will take place on November 17, 2017

This workshop takes place at MPA's Annual Convention. PDI registration will include a full day registration at convention

Couples in which one or both members have ADHD are often more challenging to treat and benefit from therapist awareness of the neurobiological impact of ADHD on their function and behavior. This presentation will address the impact of ADHD on individuals and couples, the common pitfalls they face, and effective approaches to treat them. Hot topics, such as money, sexual intimacy, cyber overuse, and co-parenting will also be discussed. An ADHD-adapted version of Imago Relationship Therapy will be offered as a beneficial model for increasing understanding, communication, and connection while reducing reactivity.

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Helping Kids who are Late, Lost and Unprepared: Supporting the Development of Organizational Skill
January 26, 2018
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Columbia, MD

Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D.

Workshop Level:Intermediate. This workshop is intended for psychologists who have a working knowledge of ADHD and executive functioning.

Children and teens with ADHD and associated executive functioning weaknesses often have trouble meeting daily demands for organization. They are likely to have trouble organizing their "stuff," and just as importantly, they often struggle to organize the information in their own heads. At school, they may have trouble negotiating the world of deadlines and paperwork and they may have difficulty juggling multiple sources of information. At home, weaknesses in cognitive regulation may interfere with completion of chores, homework and other expectations.

These kids are very frustrating to parents and teachers, alike. Their behaviors are often misinterpreted as willful disregard for adult standards and launch a downward spiral of "crime" and punishment that is ineffective, however well-intentioned.

This workshop will focus on ways to support and facilitate development of organizational skills to foster more independent functioning in children and teens over time. Importantly, we will address the process of intervention, as well as the content. It is only by understanding the series of steps that lead to better functioning that we can move away from canned interventions and customize strategies to meet the needs of individual children and teens. With this understanding as a foundation, we will discuss ways to use the management of daily tasks to help children and teens with planning, task monitoring, working memory and initiating tasks. General guidelines and specific strategies for helping with each of these components of good organization will be presented.

While there is much that is still unknown about executive functioning and best ways to intervene, the presentation will focus on what is known and on proven strategies from across a variety of disciplines. The focus of the workshop will be on straightforward and pragmatic information. Participants will leave with an approach and with specific strategies that they can use with clients immediately. The material will be applicable to parent/family work and to school collaboration.

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Evidence-Based Assessment of Learning Disabilities and ADHD in Older Adolescents and Adults
May 4, 2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD

Robb Mapou, Ph.D.

This workshop will teach participants how to complete assessments of older adolescents and adults with learning disabilities (LDs) and ADHD from an evidence-based perspective. Topics will include research on LDs and ADHD in older adolescents and adults, emphasizing research related to assessment; components of a cognitively-based comprehensive assessment, including performance and symptom validity assessment; briefer assessments when time is a factor; disability documentation based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the associated 2008 ADA Amendments Act, and related guidelines and new developments; reasonable accommodations; and briefly, interventions and treatment. The workshop will conclude one or more detailed case examples.

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Solution-focused, ADD-friendly Psychotherapy for the treatment of Adults with ADHD: Consolidating a Lifetime of Clinical Experience
September 28, 2018
9:00 am- 12:15 pm
Location: TBD

Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.

Workshop Level: Advanced - the presenter assumes that clinicians will have experience in treating adults with ADHD and be reasonably well-read regarding research and clinical materials.

This workshop will, over the course of three hours, cover a broad range of material on the treatment of adult ADHD reflecting Kathleen Nadeau's past 30 years of clinical practice and writing on ADHD-related issues, including:

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Helping Students with ADHD SUCCEED in College: Applying Behavioral Activation and Motivational Interviewing Techniques
November 30, 2018 9:00 am - 12:15 pm Location: TBD

Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D. and Michael C. Meinzer, Ph.D.

Workshop Level: A basic familiarity with motivtional interviewing, behavioral activation, and ADHD will be assumed.

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An estimated 2 - 8% of college students have ADHD (Weyandt & DuPaul, 2008). Despite their success gaining admission to college, students with ADHD still experience difficulties due to ADHD symptoms and characteristics (e.g. executive functioning deficits) that make college adjustment more difficult and increase the odds for academic failure compared to their non-ADHD peers (Dupaul et al., 2017). Additionally, individuals with ADHD experience other psychosocial and psychopathological comorbidity. These ADHD-related impairments include depression (e.g., Meinzer et al., 2014), anxiety (Jarrett & Ollendick, 2008), alcohol use (Rooney, Chronis-Tuscano, & Yoon, 2012), and risky sexual behavior (Flory et al., 2006). Despite the clear indication from emerging research of the need for interventions for this population, there are few published programs for college students with ADHD.

Behavioral Activation (BA) is a brief behavioral approach that aims to increase individuals' contact with valued environments through systematic efforts to increase rewarding experiences and goal-directed behaviors (Lejuez et al., 2011). Based on its core components that focus on planning and accountability, BA has clear relevance for addressing ADHD-related executive functioning deficits (Barkley, 1997; Nigg, 2001), which may increase the propensity for engagement in risky behavior. BA also simultaneously reduces negative affect and increases positive affect through overt behavior change, which is critical for this population given high rates of comorbid mood disorders (60%; Rooney et al., 2012). Toward the goal of developing targeted interventions for cllege students with ADHD, we modified brief BA to increase relevance to college students with ADHD who are engaging in problematice alcohol use, and integrated this approach with BMI (an evidence-based approach for reducing alcohol and substance use).

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