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The Impact of a Life of ADHD: Understanding for Clinicians and Clients

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

The Impact of a Life of ADHD: Understanding for Clinicians and Clients is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides the foundation for treatment of ADHD in adults.

The first section of this course involves a detailed discussion of the many ways that a lifetime of ADHD can affect a person’s life. This is important information for all clinicians working with adults who have ADHD, partly for their own understanding, but also to help clients understand their own ADHD. It will include descriptions of situations that can obscure ADHD and will highlight the executive, academic, occupational, psychological, and social aspects of adult functioning that are impacted by ADHD.

The second section involves educating clients about the many ways that ADHD has affected their life trajectories. This goes beyond the obvious academic difficulties and includes current functioning as well, offering less pejorative explanations for their weaknesses. Included are techniques for involving family members, creating an ADHD-friendly lifestyle, and finding a better fit in the classroom and the workplace. This education is a crucial first step in the treatment of ADHD in adults and builds the foundation for medication, coaching, and therapy.

TBD Course #30-48 | 2009 | 32 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List three areas of executive functioning that are impacted by ADHD
2. Identify the pluses and minuses of the workplace setting for adults with ADHD
3. Name five prognostic indicators that are associated with positive outcomes for individuals with ADHD
4. Differentiate between the emotional and the pragmatic levels of education for ADHD
5. Illustrate the importance of involving family members in therapy for ADHD
6. List the eight elements of Nadeau’s ADHD-friendly lifestyle

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


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)

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Chester, PA. He is the author of Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians and is a regular columnist for myADHD.com's e-newsletter. He is a frequent presenter for professionals and members of the public.

Financial - Dr. Tuckman holds a position on the advisory committee of and receives a consulting fee from Shire.
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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