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Unwrapping The Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach To ADHD Across The Life Span with Edward Hallowell, M.D.
Author: Edward Hallowell, M.D., and Sue George Hallowell, LICSW
Publisher: Premier Education Solutions 2012
Length: 7 DVD(s)
Media Type: Seminar on DVD
Duration: 12 hours, 33 minutes
Item: RNV044840

Price : $299.99

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NOTE: The seminar manual, CE information, and CE test are contained on disc #1 in PDF format. To access these documents, play disc #1 in your computer. For the video presentation, begin playing disc #1 in your DVD player.

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 recording 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 recording will explore the entire world of ADHD in its human dimensions as well as its clinical and scientific. It will provide a solid, practical basis for diagnosis and treatment at all ages.

  • Describe ADHD across the lifespan
  • List the seven habits of highly effective ADHD-ers
  • Explain rationale for strength-based model
  • List skills and strengths associated with ADHD
  • List the common problems associated with ADHD
  • Discuss the life stories of successful ADHD adults
  • Describe basic biology of ADHD
  • State the role of testing in diagnosis of ADHD
  • Name common pitfalls in diagnosis
  • Discuss use of medication for ADHD
  • Name conditions that often co-exist with ADHD
  • Indicate the basics of ADHD treatment
  • Explain the role of exercise and nutrition in ADHD treatment
  • Discuss ADHD impact on couples and sexuality
  • Apply model to predict life stage dilemmas and plan appropriate treatment in practice


Part 1
  • 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

Part 2
  • 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

Part 3
  • Conation: A New Tool for Assessing Strengths
  • The Kolbe Conative Strength Assessment
  • Conditions that Co-exist 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

Part 4
  • 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-3’s 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

Part 5
  • The Role of Medication in the Treatment of ADHD
  • The Pro’s and Con’s 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


Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., is founder of The Hallowell Center in Sudbury, MA and New York City, both outpatient clinics. He is the author of 15 books including Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder. On the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1983 - 2003, Dr. Hallowell now spends his professional time seeing patients, lecturing and writing. He lives in Arlington, MA with his wife, Sue, and their three children, Lucy, Jack and Tucker. Having ADHD himself, having two children who have it, having treated it in children and adults for 25 years, Dr. Hallowell is uniquely qualified to discuss both the clinical, personal and human aspects of living with ADHD.

Sue George Hallowell, LICSW has been a practicing therapist for more than twenty-five years and is an early pioneer in the arena of treating couples impacted by ADHD. She was the Director of Inpatient Social Work at Mass Mental Health Center and an Associate Professor at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work (adjunct) for 12 years. She is co-author of Married to Distraction with her husband, Ned, and has appeared on Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Today, among others. A frequent workshop presenter, she is a graduate of UVa and Boston College. She and Ned have three children and live outside Boston.


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