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AD/HD: An Overview Of Current Perspectives

6 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

This course includes materials consisting of:

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

This intermediate-level course will give an overview of the current perspectives on Attention Deficit- Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). At this time, there is a significant body of research that supports a genetic link for ADHD and positive response to both behavioral and pharmacological interventions. There is also a body of research that argues that ADHD, as a diagnosis, is nothing more than a fad that supports poor behavior in those with the diagnosis. This course is designed to engage the reader in careful consideration of the materials in order to formulate his or her own opinion with regards to this disorder.

The course is comprised of seven articles and two audiotaped interviews. The first set of documents discusses the current theories of AD/HD, its neurobiological basis, as well as the most recent diagnostic criteria. The second set of documents summarizes the most common treatments for those with AD/HD. The third set of documents addresses the overuse of the diagnosis as well as some of the continued myths associated with the diagnosis. The final document provides resources, references and updates for the identification and treatment of AD/HD.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Review criteria for the diagnosis of AD/HD.

2.    Differentiate between the various presentations of AD/HD.

3.    Review research on the possible etiology of AD/HD.

4.    Specify a variety of treatments and interventions for AD/HD.

5.    Note reasons why AD/HD may be overdiagnosed.

6.    List impacts of culture, values and parenting styles on the management of AD/HD in children.

Course Syllabus

  • Definitions and Descriptions of AD/HD
    • AD/HD with hyperactivity, AD/HD with inattention
    • Revisions to the Diagnosis per the DSM-5
  • AD/HD in Adulthood
  • Possible Etiologies of AD/HD
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of AD/HD
  • Treatments and Interventions for AD/HD
  • Concerns and Questions about AD/HD as a Diagnosis
  • Impacts of Culture, Location, Physician and Parenting Values and Bias on the Management of AD/HD and its Symptoms
  • Myths associated with the Diagnosis
  • Overdiagnosis and Psychostimulant Treatment of AD/HD
  • Resources, References and Updates
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