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ADHD: Executive Functioning, Life Course Outcomes & Management


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  • Internationally-acclaimed trainer with 30 years of research and clinical experience
  • Author of Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents and 15 other books and over 250 scientific articles on ADHD
  • Sought after media expert: The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Nightline, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and many others
  • Recipient of numerous national awards for his work in ADHD


This is a rare opportunity to learn from the world’s leading expert on ADHD. This program will provide detailed, current information on the nature and causes of ADHD in children and teens and the role of executive functioning in the disorder. A neuropsychological theory of executive functioning (EF) and self-regulation will be presented that provides a much more comprehensive view of both EF and of ADHD than the current clinical conceptualization of ADHD as a disorder of attention.

New research exists on the life course of children with ADHD and their adult outcomes that illustrates how impaired EF can negatively impact major life activities. The results of that research have numerous implications for the management of ADHD. Dr. Barkley will discuss the advances in our scientific knowledge of ADHD and their exciting implications for optimizing the effective treatment of children and teens having ADHD. He will also discuss the science-based treatments for the management of ADHD, its executive functioning deficits, and the impairments likely to arise from the disorder.



  • Discuss the nature of ADHD including a theory of ADHD as a developmental disruption in executive functioning and self-regulation, and the implications for treatment planning.
  • Identify causes of ADHD and how they impact the brain’s executive functions.
  • Describe the developmental course of ADHD, the impairments it may produce in various major life activities, and their implications for treatment planning.
  • Utilize the best treatment approaches for addressing the executive and self-regulatory deficits associated with ADHD.



The Nature of ADHD

  • The obvious symptoms
  • Where is executive functioning in ADHD?

What is Executive Functioning (EF)?

  • Current definitions
  • The hybrid model of EF at the cognitive level
  • The 5 levels of the EF hierarchy—how EF extends into most major life activities

How ADHD Impairs Executive Functioning—ADHD is EFDD

  • How ADHD symptoms relate to the cognitive EF level
  • How ADHD symptoms impact EF in everyday life

Implications for Understanding ADHD as EFDD

  • A disorder of knowledge or performance?

Implications for Managing ADHD as EFDD

  • The 5 rules for addressing EFDD

Life Course Outcomes of ADHD/EFDD and Treatment Implications

  • Childhood impairments (health, education, peers & families)
  • Adolescent risks (school, sex, driving & crime)
  • Adult outcomes (work, relationships, drug abuse, health risks, life expectancy)
  • Implications for life course management

Science-Based Treatments

The Best Principles for Managing EF Deficits in ADHD

Counseling Parents—Topics to Cover

Training Parents in Home Management

  • Overview of programs for child management
  • Problem-solving communication training

School Management of EF Deficits in ADHD

  • Basic considerations
  • Increasing incentives
  • Assisting organization and working memory deficits
  • Disciplinary methods
  • Tips for ADHD management in teens

Length: 3 DVD(s)

Duration: 4 hours, 49 minutes

CMI Education Institute, Inc. is offering these self-study materials for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit.




Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and research professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He is a Diplomate in three specialties: Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).

Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator and practitioner who has authored, co-authored or co-edited 15 books and clinical manuals now numbering 24 separate editions. He has published more than 230 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. His most recent books include ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says (2008); ADHD in Adults: Diagnosis and Management (2009); Your Defiant Teen (2008); Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (3rd ed., 2006), Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (2005, 3rd ed.) and Assessment of Childhood Disorders (2007). In 1993, he founded a bimonthly newsletter for clinical professionals, The ADHD Report (Guilford).

Dr. Barkley has presented more than 700 invited workshops, public addresses and scientific presentations internationally and has appeared on the nationally-televised 60 Minutes, the Today ShowGood Morning AmericaCBS Sunday Morning, CNN and many other programs on behalf of those with ADHD. He has received numerous awards from professional associations for his research career in child development and psychopathology and his efforts to disseminate the science of ADHD to both professionals and the general public.


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