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Family Therapy for ADHD : Treating Children, Adolescents, and Adults - Sandra Volgy Everett

Family Therapy for ADHD

Treating Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Paperback Published: 16th July 2001
ISBN: 9781572307087
Number Of Pages: 270

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This book presents an innovative approach to assessing and treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the family context. Readers learn strategies for diagnosing the disorder and evaluating its impact not only on affected young persons but also on their parents and siblings. Also addressed are the neurobiological underpinnings of ADHD, and clinical issues that arise when a parent also shows signs of the disorder. From expert family therapists, the volume outlines how professionals can help families mobilize their resources to manage ADHD symptoms; enhance parent-child and marital relationships; improve functioning in school and work settings; and develop more effective coping strategies. Session-by-session intervention plans for clients at different developmental stages are accompanied by a wealth of illustrative case material.

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"Because much has already been written about the disorder, one reasonable question about any new book on the subject is whether it contributes anything new to the literature that may be helpful to clinicians. The short answer in this case is a definitive yes....Family Therapy for ADHD is thoughtful, readable, and clinician friendly. The clinical wisdom the authors have gleaned from many years of practice is evident in their good use of case studies to illustrate their creative ideas. The book has a strong how-to quality that is helpful to clinicians who are interested in incorporating the authors' ideas into practice....The family systems perspective presented in Family Therapy for ADHD enriches our current knowledge about assessment and treatment of ADHD. This very practical book is likely to be useful for mental health clinicians who work with individuals who are experiencing ADHD, particularly with children and adolescents."--Psychiatric Services ..".a needed resource for clinicians that treat ADHD clients and their families. The book offers approaches for family assessment and intervention, especially in the area of parent-child interactions, sibling relationships, and even marital communication....This text would be most helpful for clinical family therapists and other health care providers who desire additional strategies and techniques to help families care for and understand their child with ADHD. The authors have provided valuable tools and guidelines to help therapists support the family as well as the child with ADHD, toward becoming a healthy, functioning family unit."--Journal of Pediatric Nursing "Highly readable and practical....One of [the book's] strengths lies in bringing a family systems approach to the ADHD literature. It is a long-needed perspective that will do much to influence a shift away from individualized approaches, in which the diagnosed family member is scapegoated, to one that involves the family unit working together supportively....Mental health professionals working with ADHD would be wise to add this title to their library."--Readings "At last, a terrific book about ADHD from the family systems perspective! The authors provide everything the clinician could want--compassionate and competent case examples; encyclopedic information about ADHD, including a multigenerational look at family patterns of the disorder; and detailed treatment planning guides. Wide-ranging yet focused, this book is a 'must read' for every practitioner with an interest in ADHD and families."--Augustus Y. Napier, PhD, Author of The Fragile Bond "Solidly grounded in research and practice, this eminently practical book provides the guidance clinicians need to detect and treat ADHD in the family context. The authors explain both the 'whats' and the 'hows' of interventions for this complex condition, offering guidelines for working with other professionals as well as with families. The book also serves as a succinct introduction to family systems theory and process. Its illustrations of the intergenerational transmission of symptomatology are especially strong."--William C. Nichols, EdD, ABPP, President, International Family Therapy Association "This book moves beyond focusing on individual symptoms to understanding and treating ADHD in a family context. Especially helpful are the session-by-session assessment and treatment models for children, adolescents, and adults, along with numerous case examples illustrating how therapists can mobilize family resources to enhance intervention effectiveness. This book is essential reading for anyone working with ADHD populations. I am strongly recommending it to staff, interns, and postdoctoral residents working in our ADHD clinic. It also will be useful as a supplementary text for graduate courses in family therapy and child assessment and therapy."--Natalie Rathvon, PhD, District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health Services; George Washington University

Introduction: Family Experiences of ADHDp. 1
Diagnosing ADHD in Clinical Practicep. 11
A Brief History of ADHDp. 12
The DSM-IV Diagnosisp. 15
Research and Theories on ADHDp. 19
Etiologyp. 20
Epidemiologyp. 22
Comorbidityp. 23
Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disordersp. 24
Mood Disordersp. 26
Anxiety Disordersp. 27
Substance Abusep. 27
Learning Disabilitiesp. 28
Other Associated Disordersp. 29
The Diagnosis of ADHD in Adultsp. 30
Diagnosisp. 30
The Range of Adult Symptomsp. 33
Patterns of Comorbidityp. 35
The Clinical Evaluation: Diagnosing, Consultation, Testing, and the Use of Medicationp. 39
Making a Differential Diagnosis with ADHDp. 40
A Note about the Timing of the Initial Diagnosisp. 43
Psychoeducational Testing and Proceduresp. 45
An Introduction to Specific Testing Instruments and Proceduresp. 49
The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-III) and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III)p. 50
The Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery--Revised (WJ-R)p. 52
The Use of Rating Scales to Screen for ADHDp. 54
The Continuous Performance Tests (CPT)p. 56
The Role of Medical Consultation and Interventionp. 57
The Use and Effectiveness of Medicationsp. 60
Characteristics of the Medicationsp. 63
Clinical Issues in the Use of Medicationsp. 67
Sample Referral Letter for Psychoeducational Testingp. 70
Interdisciplinary Issues and Multiple Responsibilities of the Therapistp. 71
The Importance of Developing an Interdisciplinary Networkp. 73
Consulting with Educational Specialistsp. 77
Consulting with Attorneysp. 79
The Role of Advocacyp. 83
Advocacy in School and Work Settingsp. 83
Advocacy with Other Professionalsp. 85
Advocacy in Legal Mattersp. 86
The Psychoeducational Rolep. 89
Sample Letter to a School on Behalf of a Familyp. 92
Potential Accommodations Prepared for a High School 504 Meetingp. 93
Potential Accommodations Prepared for a Grade School 504 Meetingp. 94
Assessing ADHD in the Intergenerational Family Systemp. 96
A Family Systems Perspective on ADHDp. 97
The Intrusion of ADHD across Three Family Generationsp. 105
Systemic Dynamics in ADHD Family Systemsp. 111
Intense and Persistent Vertical Loyaltiesp. 111
Poor Horizontal Loyalties in Marital Subsystemsp. 113
Dysfunctional Patterns Occur in Enmeshing or Disengaging Systemsp. 114
Dependency and Immaturity Are Reinforced by Intergenerational Patternsp. 115
Low Self-Esteem and Personal Failure Are Reinforced by Interactive and Intergenerational Patternsp. 115
A Pervasive Sense of Guilt Often Exists across the Family Generationsp. 116
Separation-Individuation Difficulties Follow Successive Generationsp. 118
Clinical Markers in the Intergenerational Transmission of ADHDp. 119
The Bioneurological Conditionp. 119
Vertical Loyalties and Dependencyp. 120
Intergenerational Scapegoatingp. 120
Patterns of Emotional and Physical Abusep. 121
Persistent Models of Poor Parental Control and Interactionp. 122
Persistent Models of Inadequate and/or Reactive Parentingp. 122
Persistent Models of Sibling Conflict and/or Rejectionp. 123
Persistent Attitudes for Educational Failurep. 124
Persistent Poor Modeling for Social Skills and Personal Decision Makingp. 124
Persistent Low Self-Worthp. 125
Persistent Models of Marital Conflictp. 126
A Five-Stage Developmental Model for Assessing ADHD throughout the Family Systemp. 127
The Infant and Toddler Yearsp. 131
The Young Child's Experiencep. 131
The Parental Responsep. 133
The Sibling Responsep. 135
The Marital Responsep. 136
The Preschool and Kindergarten Yearsp. 136
The Child's Experiencep. 137
The Parental Responsep. 137
The Sibling Responsep. 139
The Marital Responsep. 139
The Early Grade School Yearsp. 140
The Child's Experiencep. 141
The Parental Responsep. 143
The Sibling Responsep. 149
The Marital Responsep. 150
The Later Grade School Yearsp. 151
The Child's Experiencep. 151
The Parental Responsep. 152
The Sibling Responsep. 153
The Marital Responsep. 154
The Middle and High School Yearsp. 154
The Adolescent's Experiencep. 155
The Parental Responsep. 159
The Sibling Responsep. 160
The Marital Responsep. 161
Developing Therapeutic Interventions for Children with ADHD and Their Familiesp. 164
A Systemic Approach to ADHDp. 164
A Treatment Model for Children with ADHD and Their Familiesp. 167
Parents Onlyp. 167
The Childp. 171
Parents' Feedbackp. 175
Parental Sessionp. 178
The Childp. 185
Parents and Child in Play Therapyp. 186
Family Therapy Sessionsp. 187
Reading Resources and Support Organizations for Family Membersp. 194
For Parentsp. 194
For Childrenp. 194
For Adolescentsp. 194
For Adultsp. 195
Organizations and Resourcesp. 195
Developing Therapeutic Interventions for Adolescents with ADHD and Their Familiesp. 196
The Range of Clinical Interventions for Adolescents with ADHDp. 197
A Treatment Model for Adolescents with ADHD and Their Familiesp. 199
Parents Onlyp. 199
The Adolescent Individuallyp. 200
Parents' Feedbackp. 203
The Initial Family Sessionsp. 204
The Adolescent Individuallyp. 208
Family Therapy Sessionsp. 212
Developing Therapeutic Interventions for Adults with ADHD and Their Familiesp. 221
Evaluating Adults with ADHDp. 225
Advocacy Issues for the Adult with ADHDp. 228
Marital Dynamics of Couples with ADHDp. 233
Marital Therapy for Couples with ADHDp. 239
Individual Therapy and "Coaching" for Adults with ADHDp. 245
Family Therapy for Adults with ADHDp. 248
Referencesp. 251
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781572307087
ISBN-10: 1572307080
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 16th July 2001
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44