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Digital Seminar

Treating Adult ADHD: Help Smart but Scattered Clients Strengthen Executive Skills & Daily Functioning

Margaret Dawson, EdD, NCSP
Approx. 6 Hours
Dec 14, 2023
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Many adults with ADHD face significant challenges in completing college, maintaining employment, advancing in their careers, and cultivating fulfilling relationships.

Even the most motivated clients find themselves struggling to follow through on the necessary changes that would enhance their well-being. They recognize the need for change, understand what needs to be done, and may even take a few initial steps…

However, their progress often plateaus or falters, not due to resistance or unwillingness, but rather due to weak executive skills.

Watch Dr. Dawson on a captivating journey into cutting-edge neuroscience on executive functioning and gain practical strategies to support your ADHD clients in overcoming the barriers posed by weak executive skills.

Through engaging discussions and interactive learning, you will explore the underlying mechanisms of executive skills and their impact on daily functioning. Unlock the potential for true and lasting change as you learn to:

  • Assess executive skill strengths and weaknesses in your clients effectively
  • Develop realistic action plans tailored to individual needs and goals in any setting or situation
  • Direct clients on the best way to restructure their environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills
  • Implement practical strategies to enhance executive functioning in daily life
  • Empower clients to overcome obstacles and maintain progress on their journey

By the end of this training, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to guide your clients towards significant improvements in their executive skills and overall well-being.

Help them break free from the limitations of weak executive skills and empower them to thrive in college, work, relationships, and all aspects of their lives!


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Margaret Dawson, EdD, NCSP's Profile

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Peg Dawson, EdD, NCSP, is a school psychologist and for over 20 years has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. She is co-author of the best-selling books on executive dysfunction, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: 2nd Edition (Guilford, 2010), Smart but Scattered (Guilford, 2009) and Smart but Scattered Teens (Guilford, 2013).

Peg has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including retention, ability grouping, reading disorders, attention disorders, the sleep problems of adolescents, the use of interviews in the assessment process, and homework.

Peg is past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the International School Psychology Association. She participated in many of NASP’s leadership initiatives, including the Futures Conference and the development of both the second and third Blueprint for the Training and Practice of School Psychology. She is the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Margaret (Peg) Dawson has an employment relationship with Seacoast Mental Health Center. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Dawson is a published author and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Margaret (Peg) Dawson has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Outline the key role executive skills play in understanding adults with ADHD.
  2. Compare and contrast assessment tools to determine clients’ profiles of executive skill strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Recommend the best way for client’s to restructure their environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills.
  4. Design a realistic change plan that enables ADHD clients to improve executive skills in situations and settings they identify as problematic.
  5. Discuss effective strategies ADHD clients can use to cope with executive skill challenges in the workplace, the home and in relationships.
  6. Identify tools to enhance 12 executive skill domains.


Unlocking the Executive in the Adult Brain

  • How the brain’s “control center” governs executive skills
  • The impact of ADHD on frontal lobe functioning
  • How effective behavior change revolves around executive skills

Must-Have Assessment Tools

  • Executive skills questionnaire
  • Workplace assessment tools
  • Home management tools
  • Rating scales

The Relationship Between Executive Skills and ADHD

  • Executive skills profiles of ADHD adults
  • Foundational ADHD skills vs advanced skills
  • The impact of ADHD on behavior
  • Effect of mismatched profiles on relationships
  • When one partner has ADHD

Proven Strategies to Support Executive Skill Development and Behavior Change

  • Environmental modifications to adapt new behaviors
  • How to set realistic goals with clear action plans
  • The ideal length of time for practice sessions
  • Essential components for making lasting change
  • Cognitive rehearsal strategies to overcome roadblocks
  • Evidence-based strategies to avoid procrastination and increase focus

Putting Together an Effective Client-Centered Executive Skills Intervention Plan

  • In the Workplace
    • 12 executive skills that impact productivity and behavior change
    • Make a SMART goal
    • Use a deadline
    • Make a plan
    • The importance of clear start dates
    • Technology to support behavior change
  • In the Home
    • Logical ways to share the work load
    • Understand the start point
    • Start small, build incrementally
    • Practice, practice, practice
    • Use visible reminders
    • Motivators
  • In Relationships
    • How different profiles signal tension points in relationships
    • Keys to resolve conflicts arising from executive skill differences
    • The liberal use of humor, patience, forgiveness, negotiation
    • Use self-talk to motivate, problem solve, and persist
    • The power of positivity

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants


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