Addiction Professional - NAADAC

Group Support and Treatment for ADD/ADHD

3 CE credit hours training
Robert A. Yourell
Target audience and instructional level of this course: foundational

There is no known conflict of interest or commercial support related to this CE program.

Course Description

This course prepares the clinician to offer groups for adults with AD/HD. It begins with the section Adults with AD/HD, acquainting the participant with key characteristics of adults with AD/HD that cause them to seek treatment or support. In the section Clinical Challenges and Opportunities, the course introduces the reader to a clinical challenges in working with AD/HD, and frames them in terms of group work. The sections Less Formal Groups and Online Forums discuss the benefits and considerations of offering groups that are less demanding of clients than fully structured therapy and psycho-education groups. It also includes a discussion of support groups, including those based on the Twelve Step approach that can be found in many communities. The final section, Psychotherapy Groups offers the structured psychosocial education approach, an approach that can be used as a stand alone program or integrated with broader psychotherapy. This section includes a listing of modules and provides resources for learning and applying this approach.

Adults with ADD/ADHD: A Population Requiring Support and Treatment

AD/HD is a mental disorder described in the DSM-IV. The phenomenon of adult AD/HD is gaining increasing attention and investigation. In adults, signs of AD/HD may include poor control of attention and focus, excessive or driven motor activity, and poor judgment and impulse control. These problems may result in disorganization, procrastination, and poor attitudes and choices that lead to many personal and professional difficulties. Such difficulties can include injuries, legal and financial problems, relationship difficulties, poor school performance and unemployment or under-employment. Because AD/HD commonly starts in childhood, persons with AD/HD can have highly negative or even destructive self-perceptions and beliefs about people and the world. They may be immature in ways that reflect missed or negatively experienced developmental windows because of rejection by peers, mishandling by authority figures,

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