ADHD in the Playroom

WHEN: Friday, March 13, 2020

TIME:  9am -12pm    COST: $50

WHERE: 5601 Democracy Drive, Plano, TX 75024

CEU: 3 CEU credits for (LPC, LMFT, LCSW, Psychologists and RPT)

APT Approved Provider: 18-568 (3 Play Therapy credits )

APT Primary Areas of Focus (hours can be applied in following categories)

  1. History –
  2. Historically Significant Theory –
  3. Skills & Methods – 3
  4. Special Topics – 3

 PRESENTED BY: Zac Grisham, LPC-S and Cassie Rushing, LPC-S, RPT-S

Training Objectives:

  • Describe the effects of ADHD on the brain and how ADHD presents itself in the play room
  • Explain the strong effect ADHD has on self-esteem and self-efficacy and how this may present in the play room
  • Implement practical skills and expressive techniques for parents, teachers and mental health professionals to utilize to assist a child/teen with an ADHD diagnosis
  • Analyze how ADHD affects across the lifespan and provide tips for adult management

About the presentation: This psychoeducational and experiential presentation describes and analyzes ADHD across the lifespan and specifically how it presents in children in the playroom. So often, ADHD is thought of as over-diagnosed or a moral failing and this presentation will assist in better understanding this diagnosis with empirically-supported and evidenced-based sources. One goal is to offer hope to parents and mental health professionals by providing strategies and expressive techniques to assist those that struggle with ADHD as well as implement a strengths based approach by highlighting the unique assets that those with ADHD often share.

About the presenter:  I have been a therapist that has specialized in working with children, adolescents, and teens for nine years.  I am an LPC-Supervisor and I am a certified Diplomate with the Academy for Cognitive Therapy.  In a past life, I was an elementary science teacher at a charter school in Dallas, TX!

I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 15.  For many years I had no idea how it truly affected me.  I think a lot of that was because it was easier to identify as having depression, because that was pretty straightforward from my eyes, but ADHD wasn’t.  It wasn’t until I started hearing the same words from so many different children in my practice that I realized that I developed the same thoughts throughout my childhood.  Since then I’ve started my journey to advocate for those with ADHD and learn as much about best practices for counseling, treating and parenting these wonderful individuals!