A sometimes baffling condition for parents and providers, this course sheds light on the current understanding of this problem and offers an assessment and intervention overview.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2024

Description:  Attention Deficit Disorder remains an under-diagnosed problem.  Participants will learn the DSM5 criteria and assessment indicators for diagnosing this presenting problem. Observable signs and symptoms, the incidence and prevalence of co-morbid disorders, and an overview of various evaluation tools will be described.  Learners will become familiar with four executive functioning skills that show evidence of dysfunction with Attention Deficit Disorder and be able to identify two areas of critical problem solving affected resulting in developmental lag.

1. Participants will be able to utilize DSM criteria and other criteria to diagnose ADHD.
2. Participants will be able to utilize theoretical models for conceptualizing attention deficit problems.
3. Participants will be able to describe the executive function impairment common to those with ADHD. 
Learning Assessment:
1. Participants will be able to discuss incidence, prevalence, etiology, and genetic influences of ADHD.
2. Participants will be able to discuss the DSM diagnostic criteria for ADHD.
3. Participants will be able to discuss two theoretical models of attention deficit.
4. Participants will be able to identify four executive function impairments.
5. Participants will be able to identify the five most common co-morbid disorders that often accompany ADHD.

CE Credits: 3

Hour One: Incidence, Prevalence, Definition, Etiology, Genetics.
Hour Two: Four Executive Skill Impairments.
Hour Three: Co-morbid conditions, Differential Diagnosis.

CE Broker #:  HS 20-11277, OL 20-11275

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Areas:  Attention deficit disorder, Adolescent issues, Human growth and development, Professional readiness, Counseling, Special populations, Behavior disorders, Clinical evaluation and assessment, Abuse and trauma.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to provide a clinical overview of Attention Deficit Disorder.  This overview should equip counselors to better identify this problem and understand interventions and resources for helping individuals and families cope with the problems encountered.

Target Audience:  Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.

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