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Workshop 4

Tuesday 18 April: 1.30 - 4.30pm

CBT for adults with ADHD

Dr Antonia Dittner, King's College, London


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ADHD in adulthood is associated with high levels of functional impairment and psychological distress.  There is growing evidence that psychological treatments can address both the core symptoms themselves and the associated emotional distress.  

This workshop presents a cognitive-behavioural approach to formulation and treatment of ADHD in adults.  It will consider some of the challenges for individuals with ADHD in accessing CBT and how to adapt the style and content to overcome them.  It will cover techniques to address core symptoms of the condition as well as adaptations that can be helpful when using CBT to treat common mental health problems in adults with ADHD.

This workshop aims to improve therapist knowledge, skills and confidence in working with adults with ADHD. The intended learning outcomes may also be helpful in adapting practice for people with difficulties with inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity but who do not have a formal diagnosis of adult ADHD.

Key learning objectives: 
To become familiar with the impact of ADHD on functioning and the associated psychological distress
To become familiar with a cognitive behavioural conceptualisation of adult ADHD
To become familiar with the main ways to adapt CBT for adults with ADHD
To become more confident to adapt CBT practice for adults with ADHD

Dr Antonia Dittner is a Principal Clinical Psychologist at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust where she leads the National Adult ADHD and Autism Psychology service, a national service specialising in psychological therapies for adults with neurodevelopmental conditions.  She has worked with adults with neurodevelopmental conditions for many years and has carried out research investigating a cognitive behavioural formulation-driven approach to treating adults with ADHD.

Key references 

Dittner A, Hodsoll J, Rimes K, Russell A, Chalder T. Cognitive-behavioural therapy for adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a proof of concept randomized controlled trial. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 2018 Feb 1;137(2):125-137

Ramsay, J. R., & Rostain, A. L. (2015). Cognitive behavioral therapy for adult ADHD: An integrative psychosocial and medical approach (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge

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