Adult ADHD (5 CE)
Course Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Course Developed By: Nancy Klein, M.A., LMFT, Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT
Course Description: Researchers and clinicians now recognize that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a persistent neurodevelopmental disorder that affects adults (approximately 4%) who may or may not have been diagnosed with AD/HD as children. A majority of adult AD/HD cases are unrecognized and untreated because symptoms are more subtle and variable in adults, and many people, including health care professionals, conceptualize AD/HD as solely a childhood disorder. Changes reflected in DSM-5 address the symptom picture in adults and identify the presenting problems that may lead to a diagnosis of adult AD/HD. In this presentation, students will learn about the particular symptom presentation of adult AD/HD, myths and misconceptions about adult AD/HD, common co-occurring syndromes, and common treatment modalities. Without identification and proper treatment, adult AD/HD may have serious consequences, including academic and occupational failure, marital discord, psychiatric co-morbidities, substance abuse, and criminal and high-risk behavior.
- Define the main types, subtypes and symptoms of adult AD/HD and the developmental course that distinguishes adult from childhood AD/HD.
- Identify the types of impairments (symptoms) and co-occurring syndromes that affect adults diagnosed with AD/HD.
- List the important elements of an adult AD/HD assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
- Describe the main treatment modalities, including therapy and medication.
Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation.
This course was reviewed by: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Bio: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation.