Seminar Detail

2-Day Certificate Course: ADHD in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Behavior, Build Self-Esteem and Foster Academic & Social Success

Monday, June 17, 2019 - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Course Description:

Behavior charts, social skills training, positive reinforcement, behavior contracts, rewards and consequences … you’ve tried everything to make progress with a child or adolescent diagnosed with ADHD with little persistent success. Gains made in therapy or the classroom seem to be short-lived, leaving you feeling frustrated and ineffective.

You need a new approach – one that gets to the root of the problem to create meaningful change!

Join ADHD expert Dr. Sharon Saline in this intensive 2-day seminar packed with practical tools and techniques you can use immediately with children, adolescents and their families to improve behavior, gain cooperation and repair relationships. Using a strength-based, collaborative approach that synthesizes neurobiology, behavior and emotion, you can create effective, powerful interventions for kids and families that go far beyond medication and crisis management.

Your toolbox will be overflowing with concrete, practical strategies that:
  • Reduce meltdowns and conflicts at home and school
  • Improve kids’ personal insight, judgment, impulse control and organization
  • Create a family-centered plan that the client will buy into
  • Address the shame, stress and anxiety that often accompany ADHD
  • Empower parents and other caregivers to be a part of the solution
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to transform your perspective and everyday approach with children and adolescents with ADHD!

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  1. Identify the biological, behavioral and emotional factors related to ADHD symptoms and executive functioning skills.
  2. Summarize current research on ADHD and executive functioning including medical and non-medical treatment options and socioeconomic and cultural factors affecting young people with ADHD.
  3. Explain how the ADHD brain develops through childhood and adolescence and the effect of drugs, alcohol and trauma.
  4. Ascertain how ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues impact social and familial relationships.
  5. Assess for a range of executive skills in children and adolescents as it relates to treatment planning.
  6. Develop effective strategies and collaborative interventions for improving executive functioning skills that increase kids’ participation in treatment and promote lasting change.
  7. Recognize how co-existing disorders and learning disabilities impact and interact with ADHD and executive functioning skills.
  8. Implement practical treatment interventions that increase motivation and cooperation at home and school for children diagnosed with ADHD.
  9. Design an effective treatment plan that integrates CBT, family systems and psychodynamic approaches to engage clients and improve symptomology.
  10. Advocate successfully on your client’s behalf with teachers, administrators, other school personnel or health professionals.
  11. Recognize warning signs of risky behavior among adolescents diagnosed with ADHD and gain effective tools for addressing them..
  12. Investigate the relationship between ADHD and technology and formulate appropriate interventions to help families struggling with screens.

Why an Integrative, Collaborative Approach to ADHD?
  • Includes the client in the process of change to improve success rates
  • Builds self-esteem through strength-based thinking and acquisition of skills
  • Normalizes challenges related to living with ADHD – for kids and parent
  • Fosters self-acceptance through biology-based information
Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • How to obtain an accurate diagnosis
  • The neurobiology of ADHD, including the impact of trauma
  • Co-Occurring disorders: Is it ADHD and/or something else?
    • ODD, anxiety, OCD, learning disability, autism
  • Factors to consider:
    • Environmental influences, quality of sleep, video games/social media
  • Current population trends in co-existing disorders
  • Techniques for differential diagnosis
  • Individual vs. group therapy
  • How to engage the family in treatment
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
The Critical Role of Executive Functioning (EF) in ADHD Treatment
  • What are executive functioning skills?
  • How to identify EF strengths and weaknesses
  • Effective methods for improving EF skills
  • Tools for uncovering family patterns related to EF skills
The Medication Debate: What Every Professional Needs to Know
  • Pros and cons of using medication to treat ADHD
  • How medications work: Stimulants and non-stimulants
  • Provide effective psychoeducation to clients about medication
  • Non-compliance: How to respond
  • Efficacy of common medication alternatives
The 5C’s Approach: Empower Kids for Success in School and Life
  • Teaching Self-Control for parents and kids
  • When Compassion is more than empathy
  • How Collaboration fosters essential buy-in
  • Consistency means steadiness, not perfection
  • Celebration encourages effort
ADHD at Home: Help Families Reduce Conflict and Stay Connected
  • Effective strategies to:
    • Avoid homework hassles
    • Manage emotional outbursts
    • Reduce meltdowns
    • Improve sibling relationships
    • Create routines and lists that help things run smoother
  • Getting things done: Improve motivation
  • Techniques for working with tired, dispirited adults
ADHD at School: Boost Academic and Social Success
  • Why school is the hardest domain of functioning
  • Classroom interventions that facilitate learning and self-confidence
  • Parent advocacy vs. interference (and what to do about it)
  • Create effective parent-school alliances
  • Strategies for teaching executive functioning skills related to academics
  • Tools to improve peer relationships
  • Techniques to help kids handle frustration and failure
ADHD in Therapy: Build Trust, Increase Awareness and Bolster Self-Esteem
  • Tools for developing self-acceptance
  • Strategies to address underlying shame, anxiety and low-self-esteem
  • Help kids accept their ADHD brains—strengths and challenges
  • Tips to navigate setbacks and refusal to participate
The ADHD Teen: Risky Behaviors and Special Considerations
  • Identify risk factors unique to teens with ADHD
  • Why nicotine, vaping and marijuana are so appealing and how to curb their use
  • Early and active sexuality: Help teens make healthy, safe choices
  • Vulnerability to bullying: Generate appropriate clinical, parental and school responses
Technology and ADHD
  • How today’s technology impacts the developing ADHD brain
  • The effect of social media on distractibility, self-esteem and peer relationships
  • Tips for fostering safe online practices
  • Gaming: Fun or an addiction?
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children


Sharon Saline, PsyD., ADHD-CCSP, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, is a top expert in how ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health issues affect children, teens, and families. Dr. Saline has worked extensively with schools on mental health issues in the classroom, interpreting psychological evaluations and improving teacher/parent communication. Her unique perspective, a sibling of a child who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of academic excellence and clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate from the confusing maze of diagnoses and conflict to successful interventions and connections.

Dr. Saline funnels her expertise into her book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. Heralded as an invaluable resource, her book is the recipient of two awards: Best Book Awards winner by American Book Fest and the Gold Medal from Moms' Choice Awards. She recently published The ADHD Solution Deck (PESI, 2020).

As an international lecturer and workshop facilitator, Dr. Saline combines psychology with her love of theatre to animatedly present on a variety of topics from understanding ADHD, executive functioning and anxiety in children and teens to working with different kinds of learners and raising digital citizens. Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to and, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work. For more information on Dr. Saline, please visit or @DrSharonSaline (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sharon Saline maintains a private practice. She is a lecturer at Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Saline receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sharon Saline is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Massachusetts Psychological Association; Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD); and Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA).
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 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.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 12.5 clock hours in length.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 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.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
This activity consists of 12.5 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 this activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 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.

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 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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