November 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Psychology Professors Present ‘Evidence-Based Treatment for Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults With ADHD’

Several Ohio University Psychology professors were co-presenters on a Clinical Grand Rounds presentation on “Evidence-Based Treatment for Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults With ADHD” at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual convention Nov. 20-23 in Philadelphia.

Dr. Frances Wymbs is Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University. Dr. Steven Evans is Professor and Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies in Psychology. Dr. Julie Owens is Associate Professor of Psychology. Dr. Brian Wymbs is Assistant Professor of Psychology. The other co-presenter was J. Harrison of Rutgers University.

Abstract: Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD include behavior management interventions (i.e., behavioral parent training, behavioral classroom management, and behavioral peer interventions) and training interventions (cognitive training, neurofeedback training, organizational skills, and interpersonal skill training). Participants in this Clinical Grand Rounds learned the distinction between these two types of interventions, as well as strategies associated with implementing four evidence-based approaches to treating children and adolescents with ADHD. In particular, we reviewed specific techniques and the latest evidence in the following areas: (a) behavioral parent training; (b) school-based contingency management programs and teacher consultation; (c) organization and interpersonal skills training programs for adolescents; and (d) couples therapy for adults with ADHD. Additionally, effective techniques for treating adult ADHD in the context of romantic relationships will be highlighted. Specific intervention techniques were demonstrated using videos and role plays with mock clients. The focus was on techniques that may be feasibly implemented in school and clinic settings and that have the most impact.

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