6 CE Hours. Consider the following presenting problems: Explosive anger, smart kids failing school, lying, sibling rivalry, stealing, poor decision-making, freezing up, tuning out, memory problems, social problems, rageful frustration. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, may be a factor in any of these problems. This workshop considers how to tell when undiagnosed ADHD may be underlying a child client’s presenting problems. You’ll also learn how to tell when apparent ADHD is actually some other problem, ranging from pediatric bipolar disorder to too much video time. The workshop will include demonstrations and group exercises in differential diagnosis, and you can present descriptions of clients whose difficulties are hard to figure out. You’ll deepen your understanding of ADHD by learning about the brain, body, attention, judgment, emotional regulation, and other differences associated with the disorder. We’ll cover how ADHD medications and other interventions work. You’ll develop an understanding of what it feels like getting through a day with ADHD in a world, especially school, that is not well suited for an ADHD brain.
Jim Foley, MSW, LISW, has been providing psychotherapy and mental health assessment for over 25 years, in Boston, Syracuse, and Ohio, working with children and families challenged by ADHD, school/learning problems, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and relationship/social problems. He has served clients in agencies, homes, and in schools at every level from pre-K to college. He teaches psychology courses at the College of Wooster, and writes material for psychology textbooks for Macmillan Publishing. He is now a psychotherapist in private practice with Summit Therapy in Wooster, OH.
Registration deadline: June 13, 2014