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AD 500

Foundations of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Consulting

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Course Information

This comprehensive CE course is the foundational course of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. This course provides a very comprehensive overview of attention deficit disorder, as related to children, couples and families. Students will study many facets of the disorder, including therapeutic outcomes and  medication management. Participants will study and learn the different subtypes of attention deficit as well as the steps toward diagnosing. Students will read vivid stories of the experiences of people with attention deficit and learn practical tips on the management of attention deficit within families, couples, and children. Course Code: AD 500. Contact hours of education = 40.

This course is specifically designed for those qualifying professionals who are studying to meet the education requirements for application for certification as a Certified Attention Deficit Consultant , by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. For Certification Information: access here.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 40 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 40 contact hours of CE:

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

Course Refund & AIHCP Policies: access here

Instructor/Course Author:  Helen Nieves, MA, MHC, CCBGT, CRS, SMC-C

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TIME FRAME:You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the required courses in this specialty program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adolescents by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. Pantheon Book, 1995. ISBN-10: 0684801280

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the us and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1). Understand the concept of attention deficit disorder
2). Gain an historical perspective of attention deficit
3). Understand the biological component of attention deficit
4). Identify the diagnostic criteria for attention deficit disorder in children
5). Understand how attention deficit affects the family
6). Demonstrate use of managing attention deficit within families and couples
7). Explore the subtypes of attention deficit
8). Understand the phenomenon of culturally induced attention deficit
9). Apply steps towards diagnosing
10). Discuss symptoms and reactions of having attention deficit .
11.) Identify and discuss emotions experienced in coping with attention deficit.
12.) Apply psychological testing that helps confirm the diagnosis of attention deficit
13.) Understand the needs of children and adults with attention deficit.
14.) Understand general principles of treatment 
15). View attention deficit  from the perspective of individuals who have the diagnosis.
16). Discuss medication management 
17). Review tips for explaining attention deficit to children.
18). Demonstrate use of structuring and organizing the life of children with attention deficit
19). Understand how psychotherapy and coaching can benefit people with attention deficit
20), Identify primary and secondary symptoms of attention deficit
21). Identify the advantages of group therapy for adults with attention deficit
22). Recognize common problems in the treatment of attention deficit

Course Content

A brief abstract of content:

1). Defining attention deficit disorder
2). Adult and child  attention defect disorder
3). Subtypes of attention deficit disorder
4). Steps towards diagnosing
5). Treatment of attention deficit disorder.
6). Medication management.
7). Biology of attention deficit disorder
8). Common problems in treatment
9). Attention deficit in couples and the family

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