Seminar Detail

Adult ADHD: Targeted Interventions to Improve Daily Functioning and Bring Order to the Disorganized Mind

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

After a lifetime of mistakes, mix-ups, missed deadlines and frustrated loved ones, adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are among the most discouraged clients in your office … and you may not even know it.

While typically not the “presenting problem”, Adult ADHD is a common, often overlooked culprit behind many co-morbid disorders and problems that bring clients to therapy, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance abuse and difficulties at work and relationships.

Give your caseload a second look – could ADHD be part of the problem?

Join Dr. Kevin Blake, ADHD expert and author, as he shares practical, evidence-based techniques that can easily be integrated into your treatment plan to improve your client’s daily functioning, self-esteem and quality of life, including how to:
  • Identify and diagnose a complex disorder that is often overlooked
  • Implement 5 must-have tips for an ADHD-friendly session to improve client engagement
  • Help clients improve time/task management, personal organization & planning
  • Address low self-esteem that often accompanies this frustrating condition
  • Provide psychoeducation about ADHD that reduces stigma and elicits hope
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  1. Explain how ADHD in adults negatively impacts executive function (EF) and how to identify EF deficits in clients.
  2. Summarize current research related to ADHD in adults, including limitations and areas for further study.
  3. Differentiate diagnostically between the various presentations of ADHD in the DSM-5® and explore related conditions, including Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, to inform treatment intervention with clients.
  4. Utilize effective psychoeducation about ADHD to normalize the client’s experience and improve engagement in treatment.
  5. Implement treatment strategies for clients with ADHD to improve executive functioning skills at work/school and in relationships.
  6. Consider the efficacy of good sleep hygiene, physical activity and nutrition in the treatment and management of ADHD symptoms in adult clients.

Neurobiology, Executive Function & ADHD
  • What is executive function (EF)?
  • EF in “neurotypicals” v. EF in ADHD
  • The neurodevelopment of EF over the lifespan
  • How EF impacts daily life
  • Is there a gene for ADHD?
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Assessment and Diagnosis
  • What are the “unofficial” signs of ADHD in adults?
  • The Big 3 – history, history, history!
  • Why collateral information is crucial
  • Rating scales, questionnaires, and semi-structured interviews
  • Differential diagnosis: Inattentive, Hyperactive, Combined presentations
  • Co-morbidities: Which do you treat first?
    • Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ASD, LD personality & sleep disorders
  • Sluggish Cognitive Tempo?
  • Strategies to assess for risky behavior
  • 5 must-have tips for an ADHD-friendly session
  • How to teach clients about ADHD in a way that reduces stigma
  • The 7 stages of the Adult ADHD “Identity“
  • How to normalize the ADHD experience (not a character flaw!)
  • 4 indicators that clients will follow through with treatment
Cognitive-Behavioral & Related Therapies
  • What does self-talk for adults with ADHD sound like?
  • Common cognitive distortions related to ADHD
  • Specific interventions for:
    • Procrastination
    • Low self-esteem, guilt and shame
    • Pessimism and self-criticism
    • And more!
  • Strategies to help “undo” unhelpful behavioral patterns
  • Goal setting considerations
  • Mindfulness and relaxation
Executive Function Skills Development
  • Organization, Planning & Time Management
    • The 30-40% rule
    • Clutter control made simple
    • Strategies to “automate” behavior/habits
  • Impulse Control & Self-Regulation
    • Self-monitoring and self-talk
    • Mindfulness and relaxation
    • Not Clueless .. “cue” less
  • Focus, Attention & Memory
    • Chunking, mnemonics and other memory techniques
    • 5 ways to reduce cognitive load
    • N-BACK technique
    • Sleep hygiene
  • Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence
    • Decoding emotions/facial expressions
    • Recommendations for relationships and parenting
    • Anger identification and expression of emotion
  • Common myths about ADHD medication
  • Benefits & potential side effects
  • How to make an appropriate referral
Other Treatment Considerations
  • The role of exercise and sleep
  • Diet, supplements, food dyes, sugar, omega-3’s
  • ADHD coaching – what to look for in a referral
  • Professional organizers, tutors, vocational counseling
  • Canine therapy and other adjunct supports
  • ADA guidelines for accommodations at school/work
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Vocational Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Probation Officers
  • Clergy
  • Professional Coaches
  • Professional Organizers
  • ADHD Coaches
  • Other Mental Health Providers


Kevin T. Blake, Ph.D., P.L.C., ADHD-CCSP, is a licensed psychologist and recognized national authority on ADHD, executive function, and learning disorders. With over 20 years of specialized experience, Dr. Blake was one of the first professionals in the United States to study these conditions in adults specifically. Dr. Blake now speaks throughout the nation, educating clinicians on the latest evidence-based diagnosis and treatment recommendations for improved clinical outcomes. Currently in private practice and serving as a facilitator for a community adult ADHD support group, he also speaks across the nation on the latest evidence-based diagnosis and treatment recommendations for improved clinical outcomes. A published author, Dr. Blake’s articles have been featured in Attention!, LDA Newsbriefs, and Perspectives (of the International Dyslexia Association). In 1991 Dr. Blake was honored to be a delegate to the National Institute for Literacy’s “LEAD 2000 Congress,” where he was a member of a special committee advising the U.S. Congress on diagnostic and remediation issues confronting learning disabled adults. Dr. Blake is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Dyslexia Association, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders, and Learning Disabilities Association. Dr. Blake’s own experience overcoming dyslexia and hearing impairment drives his passion for educating both professional and lay audiences about methods to overcome the challenges of ADHD and specific learning disorders. An accomplished and engaging speaker, Dr. Blake’s presentations are known for weaving together empirical evidence, germane information, and practical how-to’s in a way that is accessible and applicable. When he’s not traveling the country to speak, Dr. Blake calls Tucson, AZ home.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kevin Blake maintains a private practice. He is a stockholder in Johnson & Johnson, Inc. and Amgen, Inc. Dr. Blake receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Kevin Blake is a member of the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD), International Dyslexia Association, Learning Disabilities Association, and American Psychological Association.
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