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Presented by Gene Carroccia, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Recorded on Friday, August 26, 2022

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 3.0 CEs for Psychologists, and 3.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

Workshop Description:

Utilizing a long-term and evidence-based treatment approach for children and adolescent is essential for effective management of ADHD. This includes accurate diagnostic efforts to help identify a range of coexisting conditions that may accompany ADHD, as well as addressing home, school, and social challenges. However, many families, educators, and clinicians lack a critical framework for guidance to address foundational difficulties such as sleep difficulties and academic underachievement, as well as the myriad of developmental challenges that arise over time. This presentation will present a six-step comprehensive evidence-based ADHD treatment management model that utilizes a number of approaches and interventions for children and adolescents. Useful and specific strategies will be described for each phase so participants will increase their understandings and skills in each area.

The six-step ADHDology Treatment Model is presented as the framework to accomplish these three goals:

· Provide a clear understanding of ADHD, which is a complex and confusing condition. Without this, clinicians may not address the difficulties and challenges appropriately, and treatment approaches may not be as successful or can even fail.

· Teach the fundamentals about managing and treating ADHD at home and school.

· Provide additional and alternative approaches to treat ADHD, some of which are newer, while others have a longer history of effectiveness.

The 6 Steps of the ADHDology Treatment Approach for Children and Adolescents: 

1 – Evaluate ADHD and Other Coexisting Conditions 

  • The 10 Step Evaluation Approach 
  • Appreciating Cultural Factors When Evaluating and Treating ADHD 

2 – Learn About ADHD 

3 – Address and Manage ADHD at Home 

4 – Address and Manage ADHD School Issues 

5 – Consider Medication Treatment for ADHD 

6 – Utilize Additional and Alternative ADHD Approaches and Treatments

Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and utilize the six evidence-based and comprehensive steps to treat and manage ADHD.
  2. Reduce the everyday challenges of ADHD at home and school.
  3. Teach more effective parenting skills to improve behavioral and social problems.
  4. Teach clients how to enjoy better relationships with their children and adolescents.
  5. Teach parents how to maximize results from partnering with ADHD medication prescribers and other providers.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Registration and Fees:

Community members: $70.00

TCSPP Students/Faculty: $50.00


Barkley, R. (2013). Taking charge of ADHD (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Carroccia, G. (2019). Treating ADHD/ADD in children and adolescents. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas.

Phelan, T. (2016). 1-2-3 Magic (6th ed.). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.


Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, University faculty and students. Members of the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected]. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.