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Edward Hallowell, MD

Unwrapping The Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach To ADHD Across The Life Span

August 14th - August 18th, 2023

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15 Hour In-Person & Live-Online Course

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT / 30-Minute Break Daily

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Course Description

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

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What Alumni are Saying...

"Dr. Hallowell is a gifted and charismatic speaker." - 2022 Participant

"Reignited an interest in learning more." - 2022 Participant

"I was expecting to learn a lot, and I did, but I hadn't anticipated feeling so 'at home'. I think this was the first time in my life that I have heard someone's stream of consciousness mirror the way that my own brain works. Brilliant! Also, Ned, your delivery was wonderfully warm and full of wisdom." - 2022 Participant

"His empathetic response to participants was remarkable and he always wove more education for all into his responses to questions and comments." - 2022 Participant

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