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Dr. J. Russell (“Russ”) Ramsay is co-founder and co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and an associate professor of clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ramsay received his PhD in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University. He completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at CPC Behavioral Healthcare in Red Bank, New Jersey, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ramsay has authored numerous peer-reviewed professional and scientific articles, research abstracts, as well as many book chapters. He is author of Nonmedication Treatments for Adult ADHD (2010); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD (with Dr. Anthony Rostain, 2015), which is in its second edition; and its companion patient guidebook, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit (also with Dr. Anthony Rostain, 2015). The Adult ADHD Tool Kit has been translated into Spanish (Kindle version), French-Canadian, and is in the process of being translated to Korean. It has been designated as a recommended self-help book by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Ramsay was an invited contributor to the American Psychological Association’s Psychotherapy Video Training Series with the video, Adults with ADHD. His most recent book is Rethinking Adult ADHD: Helping Clients Turn Intentions into Action (2020).
Dr. Ramsay is an inductee in the CHADD Hall of Fame and received the Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching & Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders. He has served terms on the Professional Advisory Boards (PAB) of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (including serving as PAB co-chair), CHADD, and on the Board of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). He is a regular blogger through the Psychology Today website.
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“This was a very
clear and coherent presentation. I really like how the presenter kept the
audience engaged and how quickly but coherently he went through the
information, while answering questions routinely.”-Michelle P., Psychologist,
Increasing numbers of adults are seeking out
assessment and treatment for ADHD. However, ADHD is considered to be one
of the most misdiagnosed conditions, being prone to both over- and
under-diagnosis. This presentation provides a model for a comprehensive
diagnostic assessment of ADHD in adults that can be tailored and used by
clinicians in practice to increase diagnostic accuracy. Issues related to
DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ADHD, presenting symptoms and problems
characteristic of ADHD that are not included in the official criteria, the
prevalence and persistence of ADHD into adulthood, testing for ADHD, the issue
of malingering, as well as telling clients when their difficulties are not
consistent with a diagnosis of ADHD will be discussed.
“This was an excellent presentation. The instructor was casual, engaging, presented in an efficient and concise way. I would take another class again from this instructor and from this program in general.”-Paula R., Psychologist, California
Although medications are considered a first-line treatment for adult ADHD, most individuals will require additional psychosocial treatment in order to improve their functioning in various life roles. In fact, most adults with ADHD who are seeking treatment will say, “I know what I need to do, but I just don’t do it.” Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has emerged as the second evidence-supported treatment for adult ADHD. This presentation reviews a CBT model for understanding and treating adult ADHD. In particular, it focuses on how CBT has been adapted to address the problems faced by ADHD adults with a particular emphasis on promoting the implementation of effective coping strategies for a clinical population whose main difficulties are with poor follow through on intentions. In particular, the intervention domains of cognitive modification, behavior modification, acceptance/mindfulness, and implementation strategies will be reviewed. Dealing with procrastination is the clinical example used to illustrate these intervention domains for adult ADHD. Some of the most common coping strategies for managing adult ADHD also will be presented, along with specific tactics to promote engagement and follow through. Issues related to managing co-existing clinical issues will also be discussed. Case examples will be presented and participant questions answered throughout the webinar.
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