Q: How can ADHD specialists ethically and fairly include the partner in evidence-based treatment for Adult ADHD?
You'll find that these two questions guided the effort behind Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions, by Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin (Routledge; anticipated release December, 2015), with contributions from clinicians who are experts in their fields.
This is the first clinical guide that merges evidence-based treatment guidelines for Adult ADHD with empirically based principles of couple therapy.
Our online training is largely based on this book, as well as the editors' other work in this field. (Please see information about training for individuals and couples here).
For thousands of couples in the U.S. alone—and perhaps even millions—the "ADHD piece" will provide the cornerstone to understanding, and healing, their previously intractable problems.
Based On Landmark Clinical Guide
For four years, we painstakingly whittled away at our goal: providing clinicians with a highly readable, manageable, and practical clinical guide—one that merges evidence-based guidelines for Adult ADHD treatment with those for couple therapy.
Critical praise greets Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions. Professional endorsements come from preeminent experts in both couple-therapy (Harville Hendrix, PhD. and Douglas Snyder, PhD) and Adult ADHD:
- Russell A. Barkley, PhD
- Stephen Hinshaw, PhD
- Lily Hechtman, MD,
- Mark Stein,
- Philip Asherson, MD, PhD
- Linda Pfiffner, PhD
- Patricia Quinn, MD
- Mark A. Stein, PhD, ABPP
- Martin L. Kutscher, MD
- Lily Hechtman MD, FRCP
- Andrea Bilbow OBE
Manageable Modules, Always Available
The book itself provides a solid foundation in understanding
- Adult ADHD,
- Its impact on relationships and other spheres of life, and
- The clinically proven strategies to help these couples.
The online training will provide a deeper and broader level of understanding, all at the user's pace.
The format will consist of narrated video presentations, chapter by chapter, augmented with:
- Short videos carefully selected from outside sources (e.g. animations of neurotransmitter function)
- Select 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
- Downloadable excerpts from the perennially popular book Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?, for introducing key concepts to couple clients.
- Regular opportunities for Q&A
- Worksheets for clients
- Conveniently organized by topic and sub-topic, for quick scanning when you need a refresher.
For example, the book's chapter on psychoeducation consists of 12 steps. The online module corresponding to this chapter is organized into 12 units each 10-15 minutes long, which expand upon the book's guidance. These short modules make for a quick "refresher course" and easy access on a given topic.
Moreover, you need not scan an hour-long (or longer) video just to find the section you need right then. Suppose that, despite a careful psychoeducational process, your new clients might remain stuck in various aspects of resistance to the diagnosis. Re-visit step 9, Implementing Methods for Dealing with Resistance and “Denial.”
- Always "on"
If you have an Internet connection and can access our site (some countries restrict Internet access), the courses are always at your fingertips. The initial fee grants participants access for one year, with an annual reduced fee thereafter.
- Regularly updated
User feedback will be solicited and considered in continually improving content and adding new material
- Guidance you can rely upon
With a combined 55 years experience, we are respected experts in the field of Adult ADHD, particularly as it can affect relationships. You can learn more about our backgrounds at About the Presenters.
Opportunity for Professional Directory Listing
Consumers have become wary of therapists who claim Adult ADHD expertise yet actually know less then their well-read clients. They realize that existing online directories for therapists have a take-all-comers approach: Any clinician willing to pay the fee receives a listing.
For years, readers of Gina's book have written to ask her for recommendations nationwide—and even worldwide. She fully realizes how vulnerable these couples can be, often at the end of their ropes after years of discord and attempts at marital therapy that failed to recognize ADHD. Sometimes, one or the other partner is willing to give it only "one shot." Much rides on their selection of a therapist.
To serve both consumers and clinicians, our professional directory is more select.
To purchase a listing, therapists will be required to have achieved a passing grade on at least one of our online offerings; the listing will indicate if one or both courses have been successfully completed:
1. A home-study test of 20 questions (currently available and offering CE hours, NBCC, with others pending)
2. The full online training (in development)