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2019-Edward Hallowell

Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span, a 2019 Cape Cod Institute workshop led by Edward (Ned) Hallowell, August 12-16, 2019

Edward Hallowell

Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span
August 12-16, 2019

From childhood through adulthood, ADHD presents not only problems, but also unique opportunities for change, growth, and success. The goal of diagnosis and treatment is to transform ADHD from a chronic liability into an overall asset in life. The purpose of this seminar is to show how to do precisely that and to present much of the new information we have learned about ADHD in the past decade.

In his work with people of all ages Dr. Hallowell has learned that a strength-based approach to diagnosis and treatment leads to the best outcomes. The moment the clinician meets the client, he or she looks for talents, skills, and strengths and builds a treatment plan to promote those first and foremost. This mobilizes hope, excitement, and a stream of positive energy, which drives treatment to much greater success than can be achieved otherwise.

Interweaving advanced material and innovative new treatments with introductory information, aimed both at professionals and non-professionals, this seminar will explore the entire world of ADHD in its human as well as its clinical and scientific dimensions. It will provide a solid, practical basis for understanding ADHD at all ages in all contexts.


Explanation of the strength-based approach • Special techniques in the strength-based approach • History of ADHD • What is it like to have ADHD? • Potential skills and strengths in people who have ADHD • Life stories of successful ADHD-ers • Problems to overcome in life with ADHD • Epidemiology in US and across cultures • ADD vs. ADHD • A new term for ADHD: VAST

Biology of ADHD

Brain scan data • Genetics of ADHD • The itch at the core of ADHD: Reward deficiency syndrome • An organized approach to the diagnosis of ADHD • The role of neuropsychological testing • Common pitfalls in making the diagnosis • Over-diagnosis vs. under-diagnosis • How to take a strength-based history • How to explain the diagnosis of ADHD to a child or adult


Sue Hallowell, LICSW, joins us to discuss couples

Couples • The Kolbe Conative Strength Assessment • Conditions that coexist with ADHD • ADHD vs. modern life: How to tell them apart • Childhood bi-polar disorder vs. ADHD: How to tell them apart • Dyslexia and ADHD • Addictions and ADHD • A new use of the 12-step program in treating ADHD • The basics of treating ADHD • The start of treatment: A pivotal moment

How To Find the Buried Treasures in ADHD

Promoting strengths: A systematic approach • Major danger alert: How to make the transition to college • Nutrition, nootropics and ADHD: Omega-3s and beyond • Neurofeedback • Two traps to avoid: Spin and slide (terms to be explained) • Managing “The Big Struggle” in families • Sexuality and ADHD


The Role of Medication in the Treatment of ADHD

The pros and cons of various medications • Guidelines to finding the right dose of the right medication • Explaining medication to others • Clinical examples of the use of medication in all ages • Treating worry, anxiety, and ADHD • Promoting organizational skills in life with ADHD • Finding the right career in life with ADHD • Choosing the right mate in life with ADHD • Finding joy in life with ADHD

Edward (Ned) Hallowell

Edward (Ned) Hallowell

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, a thought leader, a NY Times bestselling author, a world-renowned keynote speaker and a leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is the Founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School and was a distinguished Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He currently devotes his full professional attention to his clinical practice at the Hallowell Centers, speaking to audiences around the world, writing books and hosting the Distraction podcast. He has authored 20 books on various psychological topics, including ADHD, parenting, managing your "crazy busy” lives and most recently, his personal memoir.

What our alumni are saying:

"Dr. Hallowell is very down to earth and informative".

"Dr. Hallowell created a dynamic presentation with wonderful contributions by participants."


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