Don’t let Dr. Mark Katz’s gentle demeanor and kind eyes fool you. For more years than he probably cares to count, this psychologist and clinic director has been one of the strongest and most steadfast advocates and professionals the ADHD community has seen.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of re-visiting his San Diego center, Learning Development Services, founded in 1970 and serving as the nucleus of professional care and community support for San Diego county residents affected by ADHD and learning disabilities.
Mark had invited me to speak with his Adult ADHD discussion group, which meets weekly (check the tab for “adults” at the website). It starts at 6:30 pm and is free. How Mark manages this each week I’ll never know, but I do hope attendees appreciate the amount of energy and dedication this requires. This is a great group, and I so appreciated their generous reception of my talk. Please note that the center has services for children and parents, too.
If you are a CHADD member, you’ve seen Mark’s department in each issue of Attention magazine: “Promising Practices,” where he covers new educational and therapeutic models. For example, the October issue featured his story on “A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Model for Adults with ADHD.” Contributors to the magazine are unpaid volunteers, and Mark has contributed this column faithfully for many years.
Mark is also the author of a wonderful book: On Playing a Poor Hand Well: Insights from the Lives of Those Who Have Overcome Childhood Risks and Adversities. One 30-something software engineer who is a regular attendee of our Silicon Valley Adult ADHD group has read dozens of book on ADHD and related subjects, and he told me that that this book is one of his favorites. Look for more about Mark in a future post, with information about the “Resilience Through the Lifespan Project.”
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