Q: How can therapists treating individuals with Adult ADHD equitably include the partner of adults with ADHD?
These two questions guided the effort behind Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions, by Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin (Routledge; 2016).
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 as well as other experts.
For millions of couples in the U.S. alone—and millions more worldwide—the "ADHD piece" provides the cornerstone to understanding and healing problems long viewed as intractable.
- Level 1 training is available NOW. Click to REGISTER
- Level 2 training is in development, with anticipated delivery October 2018. More details below.
Based On Landmark Clinical Guide
For four years, we (Arthur Robin, PhD, and Gina Pera) painstakingly whittled away at our goal: providing clinicians with a highly readable, manageable, and practical clinical guide—a guide that merges evidence-based guidelines for Adult ADHD treatment with those for couple therapy.
The first draft of our new book exceeded 500 pages. The finished product: 250 tightly edited pages. In other words, you will find no "fluff" or endless narrative in this book.
Instead, you will find detailed case studies, clear interventions, and supportive research.
Praise from preeminent experts in both Adult ADHD and couple therapy greeted Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions:
- Russell A. Barkley, PhD
- Harville Hendrix, PhD
- Stephen Hinshaw, PhD
- Douglas K. Snyder, PhD
- Lily Hechtman, MD, FRCP
- 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
- Click here to read the full endorsements
Level 1: Book-Study Test
This consists of a 20-question Book-Study Test based on reading the guide; questions are multiple-choice.
The test is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Successful completion earns the clinician:
- 15 continuing education hours (NBCC).
- A badge of Level 1 training completion in the Professional Directory profile (discounted fee for the first year).
Click here for more information: Level 1 Training: Home Study Test
Level 2: Online Training, available October 2018
Soon, clinicians can access comprehensive training at this website. Available any time from anywhere in the world.
Be sure to add your name to the mailing list, so you will be notified the minute it is up!
Meanwhile, for a sneak preview of what's in store, keep reading!
Manageable Modules, Always Available—and Bonus Material
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, each segment 15-30 minutes, augmented with:
- Regular Q&A opportunities with the authors
- Short videos carefully curated from outside sources (e.g. animations of neurotransmitter function that assist with the psychoeducation process)
- 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.
- Worksheets for clients (a sampling is available here at the book's website)
Conveniently organized by topic and sub-topic—for quick scanning and reviewing
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 to 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. Simply re-visit Step 9: Implementing Methods for Dealing with Resistance and “Denial.”
If you have an Internet connection and can access our site (some countries restrict Internet access), the courses are always at your fingertips.
We will solicit user feedback with an eye toward continually improving the content and delivery.
Guidance you can rely on
With a combined 55 years experience, Arthur Robin, PhD, and Gina Pera 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.