Please find here helpful resources for clinicians and clients.
Online Training Courses and CE For Professionals
Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD, are developing online courses for clinicians and consumers. The website is: ADHDSuccessTraining.com
Level 1 Training for Professionals:
A book-study test based on reading Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions
Clinicians who successfully complete the 20-question multiple-choice test at 80% or higher receive 15 CE hours (NBCC ACEP).
Level 2 Training for Professionals:
Consumer Training for Solo Adults with ADHD, Loved Ones, Couples…
The need for ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy™—in fact, ADHD therapy or professional support of any kind—is desperately strong. Yet consumers experience great difficulty in finding effective treatment. To help alleviate this problem, we created a professional directory.
The directory is open for any professional serving the ADHD community—therapists, psychiatrists, professional organizers, coaches, and more.
Therapists who complete Level 1 training can highlight that in their professional directory listing. This offers potential clients further assurance that you understand the nature of their challenges and how to help them.
ADHD Success Training’s Professional Directory will provide a valuable resource for consumers—and the professionals qualified to guide them. Internationally.
Award-Winning Book: Adult ADHD, including in Relationships
In the meantime, we recommend that consumers read Gina’s award-winning book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder.
With a foreword by Russell Barkley, PhD, it is available in Kindle format, paperback, and audio.
- Many couples have found benefit in taking turns reading the book aloud to each other, one or two chapters at time.
- For couples who are severely distressed, it might be helpful to start with Part III of the book: Success Strategies.
You can read endorsements and excerpts from the book at ADHDRollerCoaster.com
Private Consultations with Gina Pera
Gina offers limited and short-term telephone consultations with clients. She does not provide therapy but information and validation, and helps to point clients toward resources. Learn more here: Private Consultations with Gina
Free Online Support and Palo Alto (CA) Discussion Group for Partners
More than a decade ago, Gina started this free online support/discussion group for the partners of adults with ADHD: ADHD Partner with Gina Pera.
It is a private, moderated group on the groups.io platform. Messages to this group cannot be read by the public. Still, applicants are advised to use a pseudonym when joining the group. This is to protect privacy (members’ and their ADHD partners’) and to encourage members in “finding their voice.”
Members apply for membership and submit an introduction summarizing their reasons for wanting to join the group, including specific ADHD-related challenges they are experiencing in the relationship.
This procedure helps ensure legitimate requests for membership, helps the members to know each other’s stories, and helps new members to shift from swirling around in emotional chaos to starting to name their specific challenges.
Free Adult ADHD Group, Palo Alto
For more than a decade, Gina has co-moderated (with a man who has ADHD) this Palo Alto-based group for adults with ADHD. It is a drop-in group, free and open to the public.
Other Resources Cited in the Book—
We recommend other books for targeted issues in the Resources section of Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions.
The organizations that serve as resources are hyperlinked to their websites.
The ADHD library is rich and extensive, as evidenced in the books cited in each chapter of this guide. Clinicians often benefit from books targeted to consumers, and vice-versa, as reflected in this selected reading list.
Barkley, R. A. (2011). Taking charge of adult ADHD. New York: Guilford Press.
Barkley, R. A. (2014). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (4th ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Barkley, R. A., Edwards, G. H., & Robin, A. L. (1999). Defiant teens: A clinician’s manual for assessment and family intervention. New York: Guilford Press.
Brown, T. E. (2000). Attention-Deficit Disorders and comorbidities in children, adolescents, and adults. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
Brown, T. E. (2005). Attention Deficit Disorder: The unfocused mind in children and adults. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Pera, G. A. (2008). Is it you, me, or adult A.D.D.?: Stopping the roller coaster when someone you love has Attention Deficit Disorder. San Francisco: 1201 Alarm Press.
Pera, G. A. (2014). Counseling couples affected by adult ADHD. In R. A. Barkley, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (4th ed.) (pp. 795–825). New York: Guilford Press.
Quinn, P. (2010). 100 questions and answers about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in women and girls. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Ramsay, R. J., & Rostain, A. L. (2014). The adult ADHD tool kit: Using CBT to facilitate coping inside and out. New York: Routledge.
Ramsay, R. J., & Rostain, A. L. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for adult ADHD: An integrative psychosocial and medical approach (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.
Reading comprehension can present a challenge for some adults with ADHD, and having the time or inclination to read about Adult ADHD can present a challenge for the partners. Resistance to reading about one’s own or a partner’s “brain disorder” is another impediment to psychoeducation.
These two documentaries, which have aired extensively on PBS stations nationwide, employ humor and interviews with experts to convey basic information about Adult ADHD in a non-threatening manner.
Green, A., & Green, R. (2009). ADD & Loving It?! Big Brain Productions. http://TotallyADD.com/
Green, A., & Green, R. (2011). ADD & Mastering It! Big Brain Productions. http://TotallyADD.com/
United States: Local chapters of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD.org) offer volunteer-led meetings. CHADD offers online seminars for parents of children with ADHD, free “Ask the Expert” sessions online, and Attention magazine. CHADD holds educational conferences.
The National Resource Center on ADHD (help4adhd.org), a collaboration of CHADD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, provides facts sheets (in English and Spanish) and answers questions from the public via a toll-free number: (800-233-4050).
Canada: The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA.ca) is open to physicians, psychologists, and allied health professionals. The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC.ca) provides national leadership in public education and advocacy.
Mexico: Proyectodah (cerebrofeliz.org) offers Spanish-language information and training for parents, teachers, and professionals. It holds an annual congress in Mexico City, featuring experts from Spanish-speaking countries and the United States (with simultaneous translation).
United Kingdom: The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS.co.uk) is a British charity providing information and resources about ADHD to the public, including teachers and health professionals.
Europe: ADHD-Europe (adhdeurope.eu) promotes evidence-based treatment, including public and professional education, and supports the efforts of its members throughout Europe.