Friday, December 11, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UW-Eau Claire campus
NEW! We now offer a live webinar option for this program. Webinar participants will be sent an online login and will be able to see, hear and interact with the instructor and face-to-face participants during the program. All you need is access to the internet and a basic webcam. Select the live webinar option when you register or contact our office for more information.
ADHD Assessment and Treatment
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.Goals and Objectives
- 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.
Fee$189 per person – 6 CHs | 0.6 CEUs
includes instruction, program materials, lunch and refreshments
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.