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Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication
Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication


When:  Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Many persons diagnosed with ADHD prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this including side effects and concerns with long term use. In this seminar, you will learn more about these reasons, as well as alternative interventions for ADHD.

Looking at ADHD from a developmental perspective, we will consider reasons for the apparent increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past two decades. By understanding the way the brain works in ADHD, you will be able to better identify a variety of strategies to significantly impact the nervous system and positively influence symptoms of ADHD in your clients.

Not only will you walk away with information about some of the most common non-medication interventions for ADHD such as computerized cognitive training, mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback, you will also learn a variety of practical strategies that can be implemented immediately and at low cost.

We will navigate the vast research on exercise, movement, diet, sleep, disruptive technologies, supplements and the impact of the environment on ADHD, summarizing the findings and applying the information to “real life.” You will leave this seminar with the tools and knowledge to develop a holistic approach to working with adults and children with ADHD.

  1. Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of non-medication treatments for ADHD versus medication treatment.
  2. Determine the most common non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  3. Identify the reasons why many patients/clients request non-medication treatments.
  4. Describe the safety and efficacy of non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  5. Determine whether the benefits of alternative treatment outweigh the costs to the patient/client.
  6. Discuss how nutraceuticals/supplements and diet may or may not influence symptoms of ADHD.

Why Not Medication?
  • Useful as a short-term cool
  • Concerns with long-term use: Effects on the brain
ADHD and the “Immature Brain”
  • Brain imaging evidence of ADHD
  • Research regarding ADHD brain development
    • Frontal lobes mature more slowly in the ADHD brain
    • Excess theta brainwaves
  • Implications for treatment
Movement-Based Strategies
  • Wake up an underaroused ADHD brain
  • Hyperactivity as an adaptive mechanism
  • Play and exercise grow the brain
  • Role of rhythm and timing training
  • Integrated movement systems for ADHD
    • Yoga, martial arts, qigong
Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Strategies/Tools
  • Use it or lose it: Brain training changes the brain
  • Games for impulse control and working memory
  • Computerized cognitive training programs
  • Meditation and mindfulness for ADHD
  • Neurofeedback: learning to change brainwaves
Diet and Nutrition
  • You are what you eat
  • Importance of proper sugars, fats, proteins and water
  • Studies show that proper diets increase dopamine while poor diets decrease dopamine
  • Omega 3-6-9: What you need to know for brain health
    • The evidence for effectiveness
  • Multivitamins/minerals: Do they make a difference
    • Food sensitivities: the role of gluten
    • Food additives
    • Pesticides
      • Link with ADHD
      • Is organic really necessary?
    • Optimal diet for ADHD
  • ADHD and Nervous System
    • Overstimulation
      • ”Overaroused” subtype of ADHD
      • Stress, anxiety and ADHD: the connection
      • Breathwork and movement for nervous system calming
      • Heart rate variability biofeedback
      • Fuse a mandalynth to quiet and focus the brain
    • Environmental Influences
      • Video games and Social Media
      • Sleep deprivation
        • Same symptoms as ADHD
        • Strategies to help insomnia
      • Environmental toxins: lead, phthalates, pollution
      • Nature Deficit Disorder: time outdoors helps with multiple ADHD concerns


    Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, Licensed Psychologist, is a licensed psychologist, educator and speaker. He has devoted his career to exploring and teaching about the mind/body connection. His work utilizes several forms of technology-based therapies including neurofeedback, audio visual entrainment, interactive metronome and heart rate variability biofeedback (HRV). In addition, Dr. Tarrant has studied and taught Qigong, mindfulness and energy psychology for the past 15 years and incorporates these practices into his model of treatment.

    Dr. Tarrant is the founder and CEO of the NeuroMeditation Institute (NMI), LLC and provides certification training for NMI therapist and instructors. In addition, Dr. Tarrant is a Global Neurofeedback Initiative (GNI) Instructor and conducts national continuing education trainings on topics including: "Mindfulness Interventions to Rewire the Brain" and "Brain Changing Strategies for ADHD." He is completing work on his first book, Meditation Strategies to Rewire the Brain. Other recent works include a series of virtual reality meditations published by StoryUp VR and the book chapter, "Neurodmeditation: An Overview and Introduction" in The Clinician's Companion to QEEG and Neurofeedback.

    Dr. Tarrant’s research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of contemplative practices, energy healing and energy psychology. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has a private practice in Corvallis, OR where he lives and plays.

    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Jeff Tarrant is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Nonfinancial: Jeff Tarrant has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
    This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

    OREGON COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

    This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

    WASHINGTON EDUCATORS & ADMINSTRATORS: A request for Clock Hours has been submitted to Puget Sound ESD for the seminar on January 27, 2017 in Portland, OR. Those seeking Clock Hours must follow sign-in requirements and provide an additional payment of $12.00 made payable to Puget Sound ESD along with a completed Clock Hour Participant Form (provided at the seminar).

    This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

    This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

    This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.

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    PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

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    PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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    This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

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    PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

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    This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

    This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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