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ADHD from the inside out – building cultural competence to support neurodiversity affirming CBT with ADHDers

Presented by Natasha Hickmott

About the event

This event will be held in-person, and has been organised by the Neurodiversity Special Interest Group (SIG) and the London Branch. 

 - Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ - Venue website

Times9.30am to 4.30pm, with registration from 9.15am. A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 hours CPD.

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Registration closes - Midday on Wednesday 25 September. Places are limited though, so book early to avoid disappointment!

October is ADHD Awareness Month and to mark this occasion, we would like to invite you to our Neurodiversity event in London.

Having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is associated with an increased risk of poor mental health and there has been an increase in identification of ADHD and ADHDers seeking support from mental health services. Within the ADHD community there has been a move towards a neurodiversity paradigm which minimises pathologisation in favour of normalisation of neurodifferences, whilst recognising challenges of neurodivergence within a neuronormative society.

The current CBT evidence base for ADHD is deficit orientated (Ramsey and Rostein, 2015 and Sprich et al., 2012), which contrasts with the neurodiversity paradigm. Clinicians can therefore find themselves feeling they lack the knowledge and skills for CBT with ADHDers. However, by drawing on lived experience and considering ADHD through an evolutionarily adaptive lens (Swanepoel et al., 2017) ADHD can be understood in a way which supports tailoring of interventions to maximise the opportunity for ADHDers to engage and benefit from therapy.

This interactive workshop will reflect on the current evidence base, before considering a conceptualisation of ADHD, from the inside out, that reflects lived experience and clinical experience before going on to explore application to specific common mental health presentations and CBT based interventions. Attendees will be encouraged to engage with discussion and practical tasks to develop their practice, enabling them to tailor CBT for ADHDers in a neurodivergence affirming, culturally competent, way.

This workshop will be beneficial to clinicians who work with individuals with ADHD and those who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in this area.

Learning outcomes
  • -Have an understanding of what neurodiversity-affirming, neurodivergent culturally competent CBT is and why this is important.
  • -Be able to recognise key clinical characteristics of ADHD
  • -Have an understanding of ADHD from a lived experience/evolutionarily adaptive perspective and differentiating ADHD traits from psychopathology
  • -Develop formulations which considers ADHD traits alongside psychopathology
  • -Understand ways of tailoring CBT and working with ADHDers to be neurodivergent culturally competent and neurodiversity affirming


Ramsay, J.R., & Rostain, A.L. (2014). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach (2nd ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203375488

Sprich SE, Knouse LE, Cooper-Vince C, Burbridge J, Safren SA. Description and Demonstration of CBT for ADHD in Adults. Cogn Behav Pract. 2012 Feb 1;17(1):10.1016/j.cbpra.2009.09.002. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2009.09.002. PMID: 24379644; PMCID: PMC3874265.

Swanepoel, A., Music, G., Launer, J., & Reiss, M. J. (2017). How evolutionary thinking can help us to understand ADHD. BJPsych Advances, 23(6), 410–418. https://doi.org/10.1192/apt.bp.116.016659

About the presenter(s)

Natasha Hickmott (she/her) is a late diagnosed ADHDer. She is the chair of the BABCP Neurodiversity SIG. She works in NHS Talking Therapies as a CBT therapist and supervisor, and has a private practice (www.CBTforADHD.com) where she specialises in neurodiversity affirming therapy with ADHDers.

Natasha writes, lectures and provides training on ADHD and neurodiversity. She also provides training and consultancy to employers on supporting neurodivergent/ADHD staff to thrive.


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Face-to-Face Event
4 Oct 2024
Neurodiversity SIG & London Branch
95.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
120.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non Member

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