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UNWRAPPING THE GIFTS: A STRENGTH-BASED APPROACH TO ADHD ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

From childhood through adulthood, ADHD presents both difficult dilemmas and unique opportunities for change, growth, and success. The goal of diagnosis and treatment is to transform ADHD from a chronic liability into an overall asset in life. The purpose of this seminar is to show how to do precisely that and to present all the exciting new information we have learned about ADHD in the past decade.

In his work with people of all ages Dr. Hallowell has learned that a strength-based approach to diagnosis and treatment leads to the best outcomes. The moment the clinician meets the patient or client, he or she looks for talents, skills, and strengths and builds a treatment plan to promote those first and foremost. This mobilizes hope, excitement, and a cascade of positive energy, which drives treatment to much greater success than is observed in other kinds of treatment.

Interweaving advanced material and innovative new treatments with introductory information, aimed both at professionals and non-professionals, this seminar will explore the entire world of ADHD in its human as well as its clinical and scientific dimensions. It will provide a solid, practical basis for diagnosis and treatment at all ages.

Depending on the length of the presentation, sub-topics may include:

Introduction
Explanation and rationale for the strength-based approach • Special techniques in the strength-based approach • History of ADHD • What is it like to have ADHD? • Potential skills and strengths in people who have ADHD • The 7 habits of highly effective ADHD-ers • Life stories of successful ADHD-ers • Problems to overcome in life with ADHD • Epidemiology in US and across cultures • ADD vs. ADHD

Biology of ADHD
Brain scan data • Genetics of ADHD • The itch at the core of ADHD: Reward deficiency syndrome • An organized approach to the diagnosis of ADHD • Statistically validated screening tests of ADHD • The role of neuropsychological testing • Common pitfalls in making the diagnosis • Over-diagnosis vs. under-diagnosis • How to take a strength-based history • How to explain the diagnosis of ADHD to a child or adult

Conation: A New Tool for Assessing Strengths
The Kolbe Conative Strength Assessment • Conditions that coexist with ADHD • ADHD vs. modern life: How to tell them apart • Childhood bi-polar disorder vs. ADHD: How to tell them apart • Dyslexia and ADHD • Addictions and ADHD • A new use of the 12-step program in treating ADHD • The basics of treating ADHD • The start of treatment: A pivotal moment

How To Find the Buried Treasures in ADHD
Promoting strengths: A systematic approach • Major danger alert: How to make the transition to college • Nutrition and ADHD: Omega-3s and beyond • Cerebellar stimulation: A new exercise-based treatment • Neurofeedback and LENS • Two traps to avoid: Spin and slide (terms to be explained) • Managing “The Big Struggle” in families • Couples and ADHD • Sexuality and ADHD

The Role of Medication in the Treatment of ADHD
The pros and cons of various medications • Guidelines to finding the right dose of the right medication • Explaining medication to others • Clinical examples of the use of medication in all ages • Treating worry, anxiety, and ADHD • Promoting organizational skills in life with ADHD • Finding the right career in life with ADHD • Choosing the right mate in life with ADHD • Finding joy in life with ADHD.

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