Tools to Help Couples Impacted by ADHD Thrive

Presented by Melissa Orlov on 10-11-2013 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Counselors helping couples impacted by attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need to have a toolkit of strategies and tactics they can recommend that are demonstrated to help couples impacted by ADHD. These tactical interventions are specific and often counter-intuitive. In this seminar, Melissa Orlov will provide specific instruction about which tools work best for these couples and how and when they are most effectively used. She will cover tools for improving communication, organization, task completion, assessing treatment effectiveness, and diminishing anger and frustration. Therapists will be able to take these tools to their practices immediately.

Ms. Orlov will also include an extensive Q&A session in this presentation, to follow up on her continuing education presentation given on January 25, 2013, The ADHD Effect on Couples, in which she provided an overview of therapy for couples impacted by ADHD.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Recommend a minimum of five new tools appropriate for couples impacted by ADHD;
  2. Measure the effectiveness of these tools when they are used by couples;
  3. Identify whether ADHD might be a factor in a couples' marital dysfunction;
  4. Utilize a treatment optimization worksheet with ADHD spouses to encourage more rigorous treatment.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395. 

Registration Information

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Highlights

So once someone finds out about ADHD, lots of times they think that they just take medication and that’s sort of this instant cure. That’s not at all the case. There’s sort of a commonly quoted idea that pills don’t teach skills, and that’s definitely an issue for those with ADHD. - Melissa Orlov

I just ask couples to take two days to track how often they validate each other. And I don’t actually really care if they make an extra effort to validate their partner in those two days, because that provides practice to them if they do. The concept is just to get them really thinking about this and becoming more comfortable with the idea that validation can live side-by-side with dissatisfaction. That’s okay. It’s better to acknowledge and respect your partner’s right to have their own opinion because at that point then you start to consider, “Okay, so they have that opinion; they have the right to have that opinion. I have my opinion. Okay, so now we need to negotiate.” That’s a lot different from, “Now, I need to change you,” for example. And it’s also a lot more supportive if you just are acknowledging that you hear your partner. - Melissa Orlov

Event Reviews from Members

Melissa is always incredibly well prepared, knows her subject matter inside out, and is great at entertaining whatever questions are posed to her. She's a great presenter. - Nancie Kohlenberger, MA, LMFT

Meet the Presenter

Melissa Orlov

Melissa Orlov

Melissa Orlov authored The ADHD Effect on Marriage, named the best psychology book of 2010 by ForeWord Reviews. As a marriage consultant, Ms. Orlov helps couples develop thriving relationships and specializes in working with couples that are affected by ADHD. She also teaches professionals about effective marriage therapy for couples impacted by ADHD. Orlov blogs at www.adhdmarriage.com and writes for Additude Magazine. She has been interviewed by CNN, the New York Times, US News, Today, CBS, World Report, AOL, the American Psychological Association, Monitor, and many others. Ms. Orlov is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College. For more information about Melissa Orlov, please visit her website.

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  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.