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Release Date: November 25, 2016
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.