Helping ADHD-challenged couples worldwide
Merging proven strategies for Adult ADHD and couple therapy.
Training and support for consumers and professionals.
With Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD
A Welcome Message From Gina Pera
Author of two highly praised books on Adult ADHD.
Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy
This is the first clinical guide to merge proven treatment principles for Adult ADHD with those of couple therapy. We offer two online training levels, with Continuing Education hours (NBCC). Level 1, a book-study test, is available NOW.
For Couples and Individuals
ADHD Couple Training
Standard couple therapy won’t suffice. Individual ADHD therapy isn’t enough. What does that leave? A merging of proven principles from both couple therapy and ADHD therapy: Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy™. Available spring 2020.
International ADHD Professional Directory
We created the International ADHD Professional Directory to help clinicians and consumers find each other. The scope extends beyond couple therapy to include all allied professionals serving the ADHD community at all ages. Available NOW.
Leading experts in couple therapy and in Adult ADHD have endorsed Gina's work.
“First came cutting-edge theory in Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?, shining light in the darkness for couples living with the amazing complications of one or both partners having ADHD.
"Now comes a luminous clinical guide for Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy™, helping therapists identify the essential elements of the therapeutic process for successful outcome, including therapy models ranging from medications to cognitive-behavioral to couples therapy. The thoroughness and clarity of the theory and therapy, and the voluminous sources and research citations, make these two books a seminal contribution to the field."
Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD
Getting the Love You Want and Making Marriage Simple
The foreword for Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? (2008)
"Until now, no books existed that combined both a scientific understanding of adult ADHD with pragmatic recommendations to guide these adults and their partners in coping and problem-solving. Gina Pera’s book [Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?] does so with an admirable balance of current scientific information mixed with sage advice and wise, practical strategies based on the current science.
"There is no better book now that addresses such relationship difficulties and with such sensitivity to the complex issues inherent in them. Thank you, Gina, for writing such a useful book."
Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
Arthur L. Robin, PhD
Frequently Asked Questions
The Internet bursts with information on Adult ADHD. Tips, strategies, and blogs galore! Do we really need more?
Here’s the problem: It can be dizzying to wade through all that free information. We find too many bits and pieces, not to mention contradictions and "clickbait".
How do we discern wheat from chaff and pull it all together in any meaningful way—and then put it into practice? Especially when ADHD is already creating chaos or confusion?
Individuals and couples—and therapists, too— need a structure for learning and practicing new skills and habits.
We base ADHD Success Training on the knowledge and expertise that Dr. Robin and I have amassed over a combined 50 years. Here's what we found works best for most individuals and couples:
—Gaining a clear foundation of knowledge about ADHD (from its definition and diagnostic process to issues such as heritability)
—Taking time to dispel myths and process reactions to the diagnosis (independently and as a couple)
—Learning about the array of treatment options (e.g. medication, organizational strategies, and so forth)
—Practicing step-by-step strategies designed to slow your ADHD-fueled roller coaster (or at least make the ride more fun, less life-threatening!)
—Enjoying peer support: Gain validation, find your voice, and share personal experiences of how our strategies worked for you—or how you “hacked” them to work even better.
We are Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD, co-editors of the first empirically informed guide for helping ADHD-challenged couples: Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions (Routledge, 2016).
Between us, we have authored 7 books on ADHD.
Our goal: Revolutionize the standard of care for ADHD-challenged couples and individuals by merging the best of what we know works for Adult ADHD and couple therapy.
Recognized as the world leaders in the field of ADHD and relationships, we bring 50 combined years experience to this online training. You can read more about our backgrounds here: About the Presenters.
Level 1 training for professionals (licensed clinicians, coaches, and allied professionals):
This is a book-study test based on reading our clinical guide, Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy, and answering 20 multiple choice question. (learn more here)
Available spring 2021:
Level 1 training for consumers (individuals and couples):
The format consists of self-paced video presentations, each segment typically 10-30 minutes and covering a specific topic. Review as many times as you like.
Videos are augmented with:
—Regular Q&A opportunities with the authors, book contributors, and other experts
—Worksheets to personalize the lessons
—Short videos carefully curated from outside sources (for example, animations of how brain chemicals and neural pathways work)
—Curated excerpts of video lectures by experts whose work is cited in the book, with links to the full video (e.g. Russell Barkley, PhD, on Executive Functioning, and Xavier Amador, PhD, on resistance to diagnosis, or “denial”)
—Original podcasts on key concepts by the authors and Q&A chats with experts
—Interaction with other students via Zoom
Yes, mental-health professionals can receive continuing education hours via The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD, have been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6770.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.
Our first training is for professionals. It is a book-study test based on reading Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions.
Score 80% or higher on the 20 multiple-choice question quiz (taken at this site) and receive 15 continuing education hours (NBCC). Also receive a generous discount on your first year’s professional directory listing. (Consumers are desperate for this help!)
Please click here to learn more about Level 1 Training: Book-Study Test.
If you are a psychologist seeking APA CE hours, please let me know. It’s quite the process. But if we receive enough queries, we’ll apply. click here to send an e-mail to Gina
In North America and internationally, consumers are desperate to find ADHD expertise.
I know, because I (Gina) have fielded their e-mails for 20 years! From Singapore to South Africa, Sweden to Spain—and beyond.
By the time consumers finally hit upon the explanation of ADHD—typically after years of struggle and wrong turns—they are desperate for help. Yesterday.
They cannot risk further delays and wrong turns with a professional having no ADHD expertise—or one who claims expertise along with dozens of other “specialties” but actually does not have it.
Clinicians are frustrated, too.
The public harbors much misinformation about ADHD. Will they alienate clients by even suggesting an evaluation for ADHD?
How can they attract potential clients who already embrace the Adult ADHD diagnosis and are eager for evidence-based guidance?
For these reasons and more, we created ADHD Success Training’s International ADHD Professional Directory. It provides a valuable resource for both consumers and the professionals qualified to guide them. Internationally.
The cost is extremely affordable as we establish the directory.
Plus: Professionals who successfully complete Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy™ training can opt to indicate that via a badge displayed in their listing.
Directory listees are NOT limited to ADHD-savvy couple therapists; they include:
—Psychiatrists and other prescribing professionals
—Licensed mental-health therapist and psychologists treating a range of ages
—Coaches, professional organizer, or other allied professionals
Currently, there is one course offered: Level 1 training for professionals.
This consists of reading our clinical guide, Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions and then successfully completing a 20-multiple-choice question test online.
Successful completion (80% or higher) brings 15 Continuing Education hours (NBCC).
Trainees also receive a substantial discount on the first year's listing in the International ADHD Professionals Directory.
In-depth training for consumers and professionals will launch spring 2021.