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Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Childhood ADHD:  Evidence-Based Practice and Practical Solutions

Friday, January 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clarion Hotel Campus Area
Eau Claire, WI

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in childhood and adolescence. Current estimates suggest that approximately 11% of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with ADHD and these numbers continue to climb. ADHD also remains one of the most frequent complaints presented in primary care medicine and in special education referrals in school settings.  

Many children and adolescents have behavior issues from time to time, but kids with ADHD exhibit impairing levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, often leading to poor school performance, learning problems, instructional control issues and poor peer relations. Children and adolescents with ADHD are also at an increased risk of developing other psychiatric disorders including Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and anxiety.

While stimulant medication is often a front-line treatment, it does not, by itself, adequately address the functional impairments associated with ADHD such as noncompliance, poor social skills or academic failure. Evidence-based interventions that target these impairments are essential, as are research-supported conceptualizations of ADHD and its assessment methods. Unfortunately, practitioners themselves report a gap in their own training when it comes to providing effective treatments for children with ADHD.

In this one-day course, you’ll explore practical, proven and comprehensive approaches to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD. You’ll hear the latest research regarding risk factors and etiological formulations associated with ADHD. A comprehensive assessment protocol will be presented that aids in diagnostic clarity and informs treatment decision-making. Evidence-based approaches to ADHD treatment will also be explored. These intervention methods will focus on problem-solving, social, and self-management skill development delivered through parent training and teacher consultation.

At the conclusion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the symptoms, diagnostic criteria and associated problems of ADHD.
  • Summarize the literature of conceptualization of ADHD including etiological formulations, developmental progression, gender differences and cultural considerations.  
  • Identify four misconceptions about what causes ADHD.
  • Describe how negative reinforcement might contribute to inattention.
  • Implement best practices regarding ADHD assessment and conduct structured behavioral observations.
  • Effectively discuss ADHD with families and help parents cope with their child's ADHD diagnosis.
  • Implement evidence-based interventions that target problem solving, social and self-management skills.

Who Should Attend

Social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, school psychologists and other human service professionals. 


Michael Axelrod, Ph.D. is currently the director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Human Development Center and an associate professor in the department of psychology. His research and clinical interests involve finding solutions to common but potentially harmful child and adolescent problems. He has written numerous professional papers and presented nationally on topics involving child, pediatric, and school psychology. Drawing on over 15 years’ experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and families, Dr. Axelrod uses his knowledge and expertise, along with a little humor, to teach practitioners ways to be more effective in everyday practice.

CEUs | Contact Hours

National Certified Counselors
UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC approval. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. ACEP #6669

Wisconsin Social Workers
Qualifies as a continuing education program offered by an accredited university. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services recognizes these contact hours for social work professionals.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors
Qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services recognizes these contact hours for counseling professionals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Qualifies as a continuing education program offered by an accredited university. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services recognizes contact hours for counseling professions.

Wisconsin Psychologists
Qualifies toward required continuing education contact hours for the Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board as relevant to the professional practice of psychology and offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists
Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).


The registration fee of $189 per person includes instruction, program materials, lunch and refreshments.

Combine and Save

$300 per person (1.2 CEUs | 12 CEHs)

Combine Childhood ADHD: Evidence-Based Practice and Practical Solutions with the Ethics and Boundaries contact hours you need – see below for workshop details. Regular price $348.

Ethics and Boundaries:  Addressing Ethical Issues of Language and Culture
January 29, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clarion Hotel | Eau Claire

As we work with more diverse populations in our practice, it’s important to consider the ethical, systemic and practical issues that can arise when serving individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). We'll address the issues you'll need to understand to deliver ethical and culturally informed services to refugees, immigrants, asylees and other individuals requiring an interpreter.

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