This book presents an innovative approach to assessing and treating ADHD 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Family Experiences of ADHD
1. Diagnosing ADHD in Clinical Practice
2. The Clinical Evaluation: Diagnosing, Consultation, Testing, and the Use of Medication
3. Interdisciplinary Issues and Multiple Responsibilities of the Therapist
4. Assessing ADHD in the Intergenerational Family System
5. A Five-Stage Developmental Model for Assessing ADHD throughout the Family System
6. Developing Therapeutic Interventions for Children with ADHD and their Families
7. Developing Therapeutic Interventions for Adolescents with ADHD and their Families
8. Developing Therapeutic Interventions for Adults with ADHD and their Families
"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."
"This book is essential reading for anyone working with ADHD populations....It also will be useful as a supplementary text for graduate courses in family therapy and child assessment and therapy."
-Natalie Rathvon, PhD
"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
"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."
-Augustus Y. Napier, PhD
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