Soon! Look for online training opportunities for clinicians and consumers with me, Gina Pera.
ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy
I have spent the last four years researching, conceptualizing, writing, and editing the first empirically based guide to ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy. The book is called Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions. Veteran ADHD expert Arthur L. Robin, PhD partnered with me on this daunting project. And we recruited help from valued contributors who are experts in their specialties.
The professional endorsements have bowled me over. Detailed and glowing, they come from leaders in the fields of both couple therapy (e.g. Harville Hendrix, PhD) and Adult ADHD treatment (e.g. Russell Barkley, PhD).
With this book, therapists gain a new tool to guide ADHD-challenged couples in a way that is fair to both partners—and healing to the relationship. Moreover, we tackled what no other book has attempted: How best to co-parent when one or both partners have ADHD.
Speaking of both partners having ADHD, we covered that scenario, too. It’s not enough to assign the “partner of” with logistical tasks and assuming the “Executive Function” for the couple. For one reason, there are dual-ADHD couples! For another, the goal should be an equitable arrangement!
The Problem with Most ADHD Couple Therapy:
Briefly, here are some of the long-running problems that Dr. Robin and I worked to solve:
- Couple therapists (and their clients) finding that standard couple-therapy principles go only so far when ADHD is involved—and sometimes can make matters worse.
- Individual ADHD therapists (and their clients) facing ethical and practical dilemmas when attempting to include the partner in therapy that is more clearly designed for the ADHD partner alone, not both partners.
- Therapists of any type who simply don’t know what to do with Adult ADHD-challenged individuals or couples.
Now, we are hard at work expanding ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy © via online training for clinicians and consumers.
The Help I Wish My Husband and I Had!
Basically, we are creating the type of in-depth training that I wish had been available years ago to my husband and me—as well the parade of flummoxed therapists from which we sought help.
Dr. Arthur Robin—as a licensed psychologist, clinician, and trainer of psychologists—is acting in a supervisory role.
We will cover the basics:
- Psychoeducation: Solid, and even entertaining, information about what ADHD is—and is not.
- Examining, and dismantling, the Dysfunctional Interaction Cycle: Understanding how poor coping responses, born of not realizing that ADHD is part of the equation, can further compound the confusion for both partners.
- Medication: How medication works, why it might not work as well as it could, and why couples absolutely must be pro-active in working with the physician (and how therapists can assist)
- Practical strategies: How to “get things done” and cooperate at home and with parenting the children.
- Communications techniques: Helping help each partner feel heard—and cared for, using structured dialogues.
Format and Organization
The format: narrated videos that you can watch again and again on your computer or mobile device. Most no longer than 10 minutes. Participants will have addition resources: electronic workbooks with exercises from throughout the course, tip sheets, and cheat sheets.
Organized by four major categories into sub-categories. Skip the parts you already know and home in on the parts you need to learn.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to bring this instruction to the comfort of your home or office, around the world. Let’s hear it for technology!
I’ll be posting on the ADHD Roller Coaster as the courses come online. But if you’d rather subscribe at the site, here it is: ADHD Success Training. Don’t worry; I don’t have time (or inclination) to bombard you with e-mail.
An ADHD Professional Directory
Oh! And guess what else? An International ADHD professional directory—that ADHD-savvy clinicians and ADHD-expertise-needing individuals and couples can find each other.
After almost 20 years in the trenches—years of desperate people asking me, “Do you know of a therapist who can help me?”—I am so excited to expand my potential for saying, “Yes!”
What’s different about this directory? Professionals can choose to take a 20-multiple-choice question test after reading Adult ADHD Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions. A badge icon on the professional’s listing indicates successful completion (80%).
Thank you for your continued support!