Friday, October 13, 2017, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
"Parent training for families of children with ADHD and co-occurring conduct problems"
Presenter: Jeffrey S. Danforth, Ph.D.
Jeffrey S. Danforth, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Eastern Connecticut State University. He conducts research on child behavior therapy, with a focus on parent training for families of children with co-morbid ADHD/Conduct Problems. Dr. Danforth created the curriculum for the Child Psychology program at ECSU and teaches courses such as Psychopathology of Childhood and Current Research in Child Psychology. He was a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice for 29 years.
La Maison Francaise/Maison Hall, Assumption College campus - Directions
55% of children with ADHD also have Conduct Problems (CPs) such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder. Children with these comorbid disorders exhibit greater symptom severity and impairment, at a younger age, than children who do not experience a co-occurring disorder. This workshop presents a parent training therapy specifically for families of children with comorbid ADHD/CPs. Part one describes ADHD and family interactions, and analyzes why many children with ADHD also develop CPs. Part two is a parent skills training program. The techniques used to train parents include explanation, modeling, and role-playing with feedback. Handouts to use during parent training are provided. Evidence-based strategies focus on prevention and disciplinary strategies for defiance and aggression.
Participants will acquire the following skills:
- Understand how the relationship between ADHD and Conduct Problems logically leads to the steps presented in the skills training.
- How to teach adults to identify and differentiate ADHD and defiant/disruptive behavior.
- How to teach adults to prevent defiant and aggressive behavior in children with ADHD.
- How to teach adults to respond effectively to defiant and aggressive behavior in children with ADHD.