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Executive Functioning in Adults

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP; Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Executive Functioning in Adults is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides strategies to help adults overcome executive functioning deficits.

Executive functioning (EF) is an umbrella term for the various complex cognitive processes that are responsible for cognitive control of thoughts and actions that are necessary to maintain goal-directed behavior in pursuit of the attainment of future goals. Executive skills allow one to organize their thinking and behavior over extended periods of time and override immediate demands in favor of longer-term goals. These skills are critical in planning and organizing activities, sustaining attention, and persisting until a task is complete. Individuals who do not have well developed executive functioning skills tend to have difficulty starting and attending to tasks, redirecting themselves when a plan is not working, and exercising emotional control and flexibility.

This course is divided into four sections:

  • Section 1 begins with illustrations of what executive functioning skills are and the specific abilities they involve, and will also discuss the causes and various symptoms of executive functioning deficits. 
  • Section 2 includes descriptions of, and strategies for, the development of the twelve executive functioning skills. 
  • Section 3 provides an overview of the self-esteem issues that face adults with executive functioning skill deficits, and general approaches clinicians can use to address such issues during treatment. 
  • Section 4 presents a wide variety of tips and resources that can be used in preventing the adverse effects that accompany deficits in executive functioning.

Course #31-32 | 2021 | 63 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.   Name three possible causes of executive functioning deficits
2.   Summarize each of the twelve executive functioning skills
3.   Describe three strategies that can help build planning and organizational skills
4.   Illustrate four ways in which modifying the environment can support clients with executive functioning deficits
5.   List five general strategies for empowering clients with executive functioning difficulties
6.   Name eight supports that can help prevent the harmful effects of executive functioning deficits

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLPis a Parent Educator, Professional Development Instructor and Speech-Language Pathologist working with children in a school setting. She received her B.A. in history from Queens College and her M.S. in communication sciences from Hunter College. Adina is the founder of ParentingSimply.com. She delivers parenting classes as well as professional development workshops for Speech-Language Pathologists, teachers and other health professionals. Adina is available for speaking engagements. You can reach her at asoclof@parentingsimply.com or check out her website at www.parentingsimply.com.

Financial: Ms. Soclof receives royalty payments from Professional Development Resources on sales of her courses.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 

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