This course is for social workers to understand what ADHD is, how to diagnose it, the biopsychosocial influences, and evidence-based treatment. A critical perspective on ADHD concludes the course.
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- The student will understand the role of social workers in screening, assessing, referrals, and intervention for ADHD, becoming familiar with the DSM 5 criteria and key features in children, adolescents, and adults.
- The student will understand the relevance of the common mental health disorder ADHD for social workers and its influence, as part of a bio-psycho-framework, on other social problems to which social work is committed.
- The student will understand the epidemiological nature of ADHD.
- The student will become familiar with a biopsychosocial framework for understanding the causation for ADHD and factors associated with recovery.
- The student will be knowledgeable about the medications used for treatment and their advantages and disadvantages.
- The student will be knowledgeable about the use of parent management training for youth with ADHD.
- The student will understand some of the controversies attached to the medical diagnosis of ADHD and its treatment by medication.