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Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication


Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Category:
ADHD |  Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric
Faculty:
Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG, BCN
Duration:
6 Hours 10 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Jan 29, 2016
SKU:
POS060150
Media Type:
Online Learning


Description

  • Original, cutting-edge research on the brain’s response to non-medication strategies
  • Alternatives and complements to medication
  • Safety and efficacy of non-medication treatments
  • Exercise, sleep and diet - their effects on ADHD
  • Creative interventions that positively impact ADHD
  • Live practice and demonstrations

Many persons diagnosed with ADHD prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this including side effects and concerns with long-term use. In this seminar, you will learn more about these reasons, as well as alternative interventions for ADHD.

Looking at ADHD from a developmental perspective we will consider reasons for the apparent increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past two decades. By understanding the way the brain works in ADHD, you will be able to better identify a variety of strategies to significantly impact the nervous system and positively influence symptoms of ADHD in your clients.

Not only will you walk away with information about some of the most common non-medication interventions for ADHD such as computerized cognitive training, mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback, you will also learn a variety of practical strategies that can be implemented immediately and at low cost.

We will navigate the vast research on exercise, movement, diet, sleep, disruptive technologies, supplements and the impact of the environment on ADHD, summarizing the findings and applying the information to “real life.” You will leave this seminar with the tools and knowledge to develop a holistic approach to working with adults and children with ADHD.

OUTLINE

Why Not Medication?

  • Useful as a short-term tool
  • Concerns with long-term use: Effects on the brain

ADHD and the “Immature” Brain

  • Brain imaging evidence of ADHD
  • Research regarding ADHD brain development
    • Frontal lobes mature more slowly in the ADHD brain
    • Excess theta brainwaves
  • Implications for treatment

Movement-Based Strategies

  • Wake up an under-aroused ADHD brain
  • Hyperactivity as an adaptive mechanism
  • Play and exercise grow the brain
  • Role of rhythm and timing training
  • Integrated movement systems for ADHD
    • Yoga, martial arts, qigong

Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Strategies/Tools

  • Use it or lose it: Brain training changes the brain
  • Games for impulse control and working memory
  • Computerized cognitive training programs
  • Meditation and mindfulness for ADHD
  • Neurofeedback: Learning to change brainwaves

Diet and Nutrition

  • You are what you eat
  • Importance of proper sugars, fats, proteins and water
    • Studies show that proper diets increase dopamine while poor diets decrease dopamine
  • Omega 3-6-9: What you need to know for brain health
    • The evidence for effectiveness
  • Multivitamins/minerals: Do they make a difference?
  • Food sensitives: The role of gluten
  • Food additives
  • Pesticides
    • Link with ADHD
    • Is organic really necessary?
  • Optimal diet for ADHD

ADHD and Nervous System Overstimulation

  • “Over-aroused” subtype of ADHD
  • Stress, anxiety and ADHD: The connection
  • Breathwork and movement for nervous system calming
  • Heart rate variability biofeedback
  • Use a mandalynth to quiet and focus the brain

Environmental Influences

  • Video games and Social Media
  • Sleep deprivation
    • Same symptoms as ADHD
    • Strategies to help insomnia
  • Environmental toxins: Lead, phthalates, pollution
  • Nature Deficit Disorder: Time outdoors helps with multiple ADHD concerns

OBJECTIVES

  1. Analyze how omega supplements help neurons communicate more effectively.
  2. Implement movement in the classroom to reduce ADHD symptoms.
  3. Determine two reasons why children with ADHD act 2-3 years younger than chronological age.
  4. Explain how lack of maturation in the frontal lobe influences inattentiveness and hyperactivity.
  5. Explore the side effects that sleep deprivation has on the ADHD brain.
  6. Support the findings that more time in nature reduces the symptoms of ADHD.

Satisfaction Guarantee
Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to PESI, Inc., PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000 or call 1-800-844-8260.

ADA Needs

PESI would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please call our Customer Service Department for more information at 800-844-8260.

CEUs


General Credits

This course is available for 6.0 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.


Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits. 



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Faculty

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Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, Licensed Psychologist, is a licensed psychologist, educator and speaker.  He has devoted his career to exploring and teaching about the mind/body connection.  His work utilizes several forms of technology-based therapies including neurofeedback, audio visual entrainment, interactive metronome and heart rate variability biofeedback (HRV).  In addition, Dr. Tarrant has studied and taught Qigong, mindfulness and energy psychology for the past 15 years and incorporates these practices into his model of treatment.

Dr. Tarrant is the founder and CEO of the NeuroMeditation Institute (NMI), LLC and provides certification training for NMI therapist and instructors.  In addition, Dr. Tarrant is a Global Neurofeedback Initiative (GNI) Instructor and conducts national continuing education trainings on topics including: "Mindfulness Interventions to Rewire the Brain" and "Brain Changing Strategies for ADHD."  He is the author of the book, Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain: Integrating Neuroscience Strategies for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression & PTSD (PESI, 2017). Other works include a series of virtual reality meditations published by StoryUp VR and the book chapter, “Neuromeditation: An Introduction and Overview” in Handbook of Clinical QEEG and Neurotherapy (Routledge, 2016).

Dr. Tarrant’s research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of contemplative practices, energy healing and energy psychology.  He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has a private practice in Corvallis, OR where he lives and plays.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jeff Tarrant is the owner of Comprehensive Psychological Services. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri. Dr. Tarrant receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Jeff Tarrant has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Additional Info

Program Information

Additional Resources

To order the workbook, The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets and Activities to Nurture Developing Minds, please visit our product store.

To order the workbook, Mindfulness Skills for Kids & Teens: A Workbook for Clinicians & Clients with 154 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Worksheets, please visit our product store.


Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals

Objectives

  1. Analyze the efficacy of both non-medication and medication strategies to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  2. List common nonmedication treatments to alleviate symptoms of ADHD in clients.
  3. Explore the symptoms of sleep deprivation in children and adolescent clients with ADHD.
  4. Evaluate the role of overstimulation as it relates to the assessment and treatment of clients with ADHD.
  5. Analyze the efficacy of lifestyle interventions as it relates to the improvement of ADHD symptoms in clients.
  6. Summarize the influence of diet and nutrition on ADHD symptoms in relation to assessment and treatment planning.

Outline

Why Not Medication?
  • Concerns with long-term stimulant use
  • Does stimulant use lead to drug abuse?
ADHD and the “Immature” Brain
  • Brain imaging evidence
  • Implications for Treatment
Movement-Based Strategies
  • Wake up an underaroused ADHD brain
  • Hyperactivity as an adaptive mechanism
  • Play and exercise grow the brain
  • Role of rhythm and timing training
  • Integrated movement systems for ADHD
The Latest Research on Diet and Nutrition
  • Importance of proper sugars, fats, proteins and water
  • Omega 3-6-9: What you need to know for brain health
  • Multivitamins/minerals: Do they make a difference
    • Food sensitives: the role of gluten
    • Food additives
    • Pesticides
    • Optimal diet for ADHD
Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Strategies/Tools
  • Use it or lose it: Brain training changes the brain
  • Games for impulse control and working memory
  • Computerized cognitive training programs
ADHD and Nervous System Hypersensitivity
  • Overstimulation as a role in ADHD
  • Stress and sympathetic arousal patterns
  • Implications for treatment
  • Breathwork and heart rate variability biofeedback
Environmental Influences
  • Video games and Social Media
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Same symptoms as ADHD
  • Strategies to help insomnia
  • Environmental toxins: lead, phthalates, pollution
  • Nature Deficit Disorder: time outdoors helps with multiple ADHD concerns
The Latest Research on Lifestyle Interventions
  • Nature
  • Sleep
  • Light and sound strategies
  • Aromatherapy

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