Disciplines:
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s):
  • Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAAN
  • Meghan S. Leahy, MS, NCC
Peer Reviewer(s): Patricia O. Quinn, MD
Item#: B4236
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

ADHD: Etiology and Treatment


Price $19.95
Item # B4236
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 25, 2016

Expiration Date: November 25, 2019

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has finally provided much needed clarity on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is more important than ever that social workers and mental health professionals be prepared to treat ADHD throughout the lifespan. This intermediate-level course has been developed to educate social workers, counselors, psychologists, and marriage and family therapists, and to bring a deeper understanding to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD in individuals of all ages.

This course provides clinicians with a rich description of the disorder’s historical roots and evolution.  In addition to a comprehensive history, the course describes contemporary perspectives of ADHD along with the latest available research. From there, the etiology of ADHD and its genetic, biological, and environmental factors are explored and discussed. Multimodal treatment programs are crucial to addressing the symptoms of ADHD including the use of psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative treatments. These multimodal treatments are described in the course with attention paid to stimulant and non-stimulant medications, and cognitive-behavioral therapies.  Case scenarios throughout the course illuminate the presentations of ADHD and various treatments options.

  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

New Jersey Social Workers - This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1460 from 5/31/2017 to 5/31/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 2.

New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the historical evolution into modern-day perspectives and understanding of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Describe the etiology of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Explain treatment strategies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

 

Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAAN, is a tenured associate professor and serves as the assistant dean of academic integration and evaluation of community programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Widener University (BSN) and the University of Pennsylvania (MSN). She also earned a doctorate in higher education administration-leadership from Widener University and completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship (T32) at the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation awarded Dr. Waite with the title of Macy’s Faculty Scholar. Her clinical scholarly work focuses on help-seeking behaviors and treatment engagement, with particular interest in depression, adult AD/HD, and trauma and adversity among diverse populations.

Meghan S. Leahy, MS, NCC, is a certified counselor and the founder and director of Leahy Learning in Wynnewood, PA. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University (BA) and Villanova University (MS). Her clinical work focuses on problemsolving and success strategies with a particular interest in education, counseling, learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. Ms. Leahy helps clients and their families to understand these experiences, their effects inside and outside of the classroom, and the implementation of successful strategies as both modes of prevention and response. Ms. Leahy has worked as a clinical associate in the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She also provides consultation and training to schools, universities, and corporations and has spoken on a variety of topics in education and mental health in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

Release Date: May 25, 2017

 

It is more important than ever that social workers and mental health professionals are prepared to treat ADHD throughout the lifespan. This intermediate-level course provides current information to help social workers and mental health professionals recognize, accurately diagnose, and support children, adolescents, and college students with ADHD.  The course pays special attention to the stages of development, assessments and other resources, and the clinician’s role based upon a client’s developmental stage. Because timely and accurate diagnosis and intervention are critical for maintaining an individual’s functioning, it is essential that clinicians stay up to date on the recent advances in assessment and intervention, as much has changed in the past several years with respect to conceptualizing and intervening with ADHD.  For children, developmental behaviors must be taken into consideration as well as cultural factors that shape parents’, guardians’, educators’, and healthcare providers’ perspectives about the challenges that affect these children. As children grow into adolescents it is imperative that clinicians understand the social context of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of ADHD in teens. The course emphasizes interventions for clients with a childhood diagnosis and for clients who are diagnosed for the first time in adolescence or college. Furthermore, college students are a special sub-group of individuals with ADHD and as such assessments and interventions must be appropriately tailored to the individual’s developmental tasks and their environment.  Ways to support individuals with ADHD are described for each of the developmental life stages. Case scenarios throughout the course illuminate the key learning points.

For those readers interested in learning more about the history of ADHD and its etiology and treatment, please see Module 1 of this course series titled ADHD: ETIOLOGY AND TREATMENT

 

  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditation
  • 2 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.
  • New Jersey Social Workers - This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1522 from 8/25/2017 to 8/25/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 2.
  • New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.