Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 8a.m.-4:45p.m.
Fairhill School | 16150 Preston Road | Dallas, TX 75248
Cost: Fairhill Special Discount $50, ADDA-SR Member $75, Non-Member $80
CE Credits: 6 CE credits for LPCs, LMFTs, Social Workers, Educators, Psychologists
8:30-9:30 Peter Ray, M.D., What the Doctor Needs to Know: Getting the Best Diagnosis from Preschool to College
9:45-10:45 Michael Murray, Ph. D., Mood Disorders & ADHD
11:00-12:00 Carla Crutsinger, M.S. Teaching Strategies to Enhance Executive Functions
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00 Doug Anderson, B.S., ADHD & Work in the New Economy
2:30-3:30 Harvey Oshman, Ph.D., Mindfulness & ADHD: A Survival Guide
3:45-4:45 Debra Moore, M.A., Impulse: It Looks Like a Choice, But…
ADHD & Work in the New Economy, Douglas R. Anderson, B.S.
Work in the new economy provides significant challenges to all individuals. Intellectual product and technical skills in the broadest sense are valued the most. This change places a premium on education and experience even more so than the industrial age – old economy. A significant increase in independent work provides opportunities and disadvantages to the worker with ADHD. The all-important structure will need to be obtained in new and different ways. Relational needs for some may be harder to satisfy. There is reason to be hopeful since independent work tends to minimize the effect of ADHD characteristics with organizations and teams. The new economy requires each competitor to be a lifelong learner. New methods of learning minimize academic processing skills and can favor tactile and visual learners. The need to be proactive and to have plans for multiple careers is necessary. The choppy and redirected resume of many ADHD adults will be less of a handicap. Methods to help the ADHD adult focus and see satisfaction in work will be discussed
1. Give an overview of the profound differences of working in the new economy.
2. Relate the needs of the new economy to the characteristics of ADHD adults in a positive sense.
3. Understand selected strategies to support success for the ADHD adult in the new economy.
Teaching Strategies to Enhance Executive Functions, Carla Crutsinger, M.S.
In recent years, researchers have discovered that ADHD students have inconsistent focus or executive function deficits. These students do well if they like the subject or the teacher, but their grades suffer if their brains have to put forth major effort to complete tasks. It is easy to think these students are lazy or are simply unmotivated. This observation is simply not true. This session will address the common learning challenges presented by these students. The speaker will discuss practical interventions and teaching strategies she has used with her clients grades 1 – college for 35 years. She will include, in particular, time management, organization skills, written expression, and self-talk tactics.
1. Be able to discuss executive function deficits.
2. Have knowledge of strategies to improve the outcome of these students’ lives.
Impulse: It Looks Like a Choice, But…, Debra Moore, M.A.
Although impulsive behavior is a defining characteristic of ADHD, it is little understood and, by nature, hard to control. Impulse affects ADHD individuals across their life spans, but the consequences of impulsion become more intense with age. In the primary grades, impulse may lead to detentions and poor grades; in the adult world, it could lead to failed relationships and bankruptcies. This workshop reviews the dynamics of impulse, its costs, and strategies to manage impulsive tendencies.
1. Define the nature of impulse in relation to ADHD
2. Review common “real life” examples of impulse
3. Review skill-building exercises and cognitive training strategies that can
improve impulse management
Mood Disorders & ADHD, Michael Murray, Ph.D.
A review of symptom patterns of mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, and disruptive mood deregulation disorder, will be presented with special reference to attention deficit disorders. There will be a discussion of how attention deficit hyperactivity disorders interact with mood disorders. Various treatments available for the management of behavioral problems caused by mood disorders and ADHD will be explored.
1. Understand the clinical presentation of the various mood disorders
2. Learn the implications of how ADHD interacts with mood disorders
3. Review treatment options for comorbid ADHD/mood disorders
Mindfulness & ADHD: A Survival Guide, Harvey Oshman, Ph.D
This session will explore the concepts of mindfulness and inattentiveness, share a behavioral model of ADHD challenges and offer concrete reality based coping strategies.
1. Understand the concept of mindfulness
2. Be able to discuss ADHD in adults
3. Apply the concepts of concrete evidence driven techniques for life success
What the Doctor Needs to Know: Getting the Best Diagnosis from Preschool to College,
Peter Ray, M.D.
Patients often call the office requesting that their child “be tested for ADHD.” Unfortunately, the one single diagnostic test for ADHD does not exist. This makes ADHD a disorder that is most diagnosed by historical information. This talk will suggest how to utilize a diagnostic interview, previous records, and testing to support a diagnosis of ADHD.
1. Have knowledge of what the doctor will likely request in the diagnostic work-up.
2. Understand records and data to bring to an appointment.
3. Learn how making the right diagnosis can influence the management of the patient.
Douglas R. Anderson, B.S.
Douglas R. Anderson is a formally trained Life and Executive Coach from the Coaches Training Institute and has been coaching 7 years. He is a member of the International Coach Federation. He brings significant life skills from a 40 year career as a pilot/instructor which includes working for a major airline. Doug is a graduate engineer that devoted his technical skills to aviation. Doug’s major area of emphasis is in life transition coaching. He has developed and taught formal programs for “Women in Transition” and “Stuck Job Seekers”. His most current work is in 2 programs for all individuals entitled: “Empower Your Future” and “Futureproofing.” He has also done extensive work with adults with attention deficit disorder. Doug is presently the executive coach for the Southlake Focus Group, one of the premier systematic executive job search networking groups in the nation. In this role, he uses focus, wholeness and perspective to assist executives to prevail in this highly competitive job market. Doug’s coaching with employed executives always focuses on structured self-discovery and personal empowerment. He has a working knowledge of more than 200 relevant books for leadership development. He has used the StrengthsFinder 2.0 evaluation over 1500 times with executives. Doug is an aspiring futurist with focus on the major trends of job creation, relationships between men and women, and individual change. His book – “The Life Redirection Handbook; A Guide to Vocational Peace and Success” is available at all normal outlets. Doug is an accomplished motivational speaker. He has been married 42 years and has 2 employed adult children.
Carla Crutsinger, M.S.*
In 1981, Carla Crutsinger created the Brainworks Educational Center in response to her search for a facility which could address the needs of her highly intelligent, gifted ADD son who was not reaching his maximum level of achievement in school. Since then, Brainworks has helped over 1,000 clients of all ages with a wide variety of learning problems. In addition to her many responsibilities at the center, Carla presents workshops and staff development sessions on a wide variety of educational topics for school districts, parent associations, and other groups across the country. She has authored and co-authored a series of books dealing with topics such as communication skills for at-risk youth: Teenage Connection and Confidence Power; study skills and critical thinking: Thinking Smarter; creative strategies for recalling information: Creative Memory; spelling mastery: The Most Wanted Words and Sir Spell-A-Lot-Grades 2-5; ADD coping skills: ADD Quick Tips; and math strategies: Fighting Math Phobias. Carla has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree from Baylor University, and has completed post-graduate work at Texas Women’s University.
Debra Moore, M.A.*
Debra Moore has devoted most of her life to education, initially as an English instructor (grades 6-college) and, since 1993, as a consultant helping teenagers and adults achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at age 38, Debra spent 9 years working with ADD and non-ADD clients as Senior Educational Coordinator at the Brainworks Center. In addition to working with clients, she wrote a number of articles dealing with ADD for regional and national periodicals, coauthored books on ADD management strategies (ADD Quick Tips) and spelling / writing skills (The Most Wanted Words); she also served as editor for social / communication skills and problem-solving abilities (Teenage Connection). In August 2002, Debra began her own consulting / coaching business in her hometown of Carrollton, Texas; while her clients include those who are not ADD, she spends a significant portion of her time in one-to-one work sessions with ADD students and adults. In addition, Debra gives presentations for teacher in-service training, PTA groups, and state/regional conferences and regularly publishes articles on a range of educational and personal improvement topics. Her lively workshops combine humor with solid information and practical strategies for successful management of real-life problems.
Michael Murray, Ph.D.
Attentional, learning, and emotional disorders have been the focus of Dr. Murray’s private clinical practice in Dallas, Texas, over the past thirty years. He sees children, adolescents, and adults in individual psychotherapy to help them manage problems with ADHD, executive functions, and emotion wellbeing. Dr. Murray has extensive experience in testing for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder with children, adolescents, and adults. He consults with patients, parents, physicians, and schools on the best ways of managing and treating attentional and psychological concerns. Dr. Murray received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Aside from his private practice, he taught at Southern Methodist University for many years and has consulted with many area agencies and schools.
Harvey Oshman, Ph.D*
Dr. Oshman has been in private practice in Dallas for over 25 years, many of which have been devoted to evaluating and treating children, adolescents and adults with AD/HD. He obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UT Austin and trained at Harvard Medical School. Over the years, he has taught at SMU, Southwest Family Institute, and Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Oshman is married and has two grown daughters.
Peter Ray, M.D.*
Peter C. Ray, M.D. is a Dallas Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrician who first practiced General Pediatrics for ten years, then in his current sub-specialty. He has been in the same location for 24 years. He is a board certified specialist in both Pediatrics and Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. Ray graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School, then trained in Pediatrics and BD Pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center and the University Affiliated Center in Dallas. Dr. Ray enjoys working with patients with developmental disabilities of all types (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and other additional medical conditions) and their families in diagnosis and management. He frequently speaks to professional groups (Region X of Texas Public School personnel), other physicians, and support groups (Park Cities ACLD) about ADHD and other topics. Dr. Ray and his family have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for many years. He wishes to express his gratitude to the ADDA-SR for including him on its advisory board and speaker list.