Assessment of ADHD in Children, Adolescents and Adults
Over the past year the Centers for Family Change has been revamping and updating our ADHD assessment procedures. While the Centers for Family Change has specialized in the assessment and treatment of ADHD for over 25 years we have also focused on staying up to date on the latest developments in the field. To this end we have expanded our Interview Based Assessment Model to include a screening for executive functioning concerns, as well as updating our interview procedures and ADHD rating scales.
For more information on our new ADHD assessment program please contact:
Katharine Grinnell-Noak, Psy.D at 630-586-0900 x11
Group services for ADHD
Currently we are not offering any groups. Please check this site for updated listings on groups offered for the treatment of ADHD. Please check back in the spring/summer of 2017 for possible fall groups.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Recently, Centers for Family Change therapists have begun to utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT, especially in our work with individuals struggling with Anxiety and Depression. We have found ACT to be a particularly useful approach because of its’ emphasis on helping people accept their thoughts and feelings rather than struggling to change how they “think and feel.” Moreover, ACT’s focus on being in contact with the present seems increasingly relevant given the rapid pace of modern life. Please contact to learn which of our therapists utilize ACT in their work. Moreover, please check out our recent discussion of ACT in Dr. Perrotta’s Blog.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Centers for Family Change
Many of the therapists at the Centers for Family utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as their primary treatment approach. If you are looking for a therapist who utilizes CBT, or frequently incorporates CBT strategies into their work, we have many experienced clinicians that you can select from.
We have also included some additional information about CBT as well as additional resources about CBT. While there has been much research supporting the use of CBT with a wide range of problems, particularly for the treatment of mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders, please keep in mind that CBT is not the only valid or useful approach to working with these and other problems.
- Resources on CBT
- Centers for Family Change Therapists who provide CBT
- More on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Additional Resources: Books and Websites
Below is an updated resource list with books and websites on the following topics:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Marriage and Relationships
- Family Concerns
- Additional Resources
ANXIETY and DEPRESSION
Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children
By Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D
For Parents, School and Healthcare Professionals, this book provides clear and practical strategies for dealing with a variety of anxiety problems including generalized anxiety, separation anxiety and school refusal.
What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions
By Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D
Another practical book that has clear, easy to understand strategies for dealing with OCD.
The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal
By Paul Foxman, Ph.D
Author Paul Foxman believes there are 3 ingredients that contribute to anxiety in children: biological sensitivity, personality and stress overload. He provides strategies to raise a child’s self-confidence and improve social and self-control skills.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Fifth edition.
By Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D
The Fifth edition of this book has the latest anxiety research and information about current medications. It also includes new therapeutic techniques to treat anxiety.
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide To Overcoming OCD
By Dawn Huebner, Ph.D
This workbook is specifically designed for children to use in therapy or with their parents. The author uses kid-friendly examples to help children understand OCD and specific tasks to help them manage the disorder. There are also workbooks that cover worry, negativity (grumbling), and temper problems.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
By David Burns, M.D.
Eminent psychiatrist, Dr. David Burns, outlines scientifically proven techniques to help develop a positive outlook on life and deal with symptoms of Depression and Anxiety. The book also includes an all new “Consumer’s Guide to Anti-Depressant Drugs.
The Feeling Good Handbook
By David Burns, M.D.
This is the sequel to “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” and discusses techniques and exercises to help overcome depression and anxiety.
10 Best Ever Depression Management Techniques
By Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D
Addressing physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms, Dr. Wehrenberg draws on basic brain science to highlight the top 10 depression defeating tips. She also has a book “10 Best Ever Anxiety Management Techniques.”
Dr. David Carbonell has extensive information about all types of anxiety as well as techniques on how to start dealing with the symptoms. He even has video clips demonstrating breathing techniques to use to decrease anxiety.
National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
This website provides free brochures and handouts with information regarding a number of mental health disorders including: Depression, Anxiety, Alcoholism and ADHD.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
This association created a list of self-help books that involve CBT, are scientifically supported and are consistent with best practices.
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete and Authoritative Guide for Parents (Revised Edition)
By Russell Barkley, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN
From internationally renowned ADHD expert Russell Barkley, this book provides step-by-step behavior management techniques for children, current information on medications and strategies that help children succeed at school and in social situations.
Taking Charge of Adult ADHD
By Russell Barkley Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN
Dr. Barkley, a leading researcher in ADHD, provides step-by-step strategies for managing symptoms and reducing their harmful impact. Specific techniques are presented for overcoming challenges with work, relationships and finances.
Teenagers with ADD-A parent’s guide
By Chris Zeigler Dendy
This book discusses the characteristics of ADHD in teenagers and methods for overcoming these difficulties. Throughout the book are the voices of teens, parents, teachers and professionals who describe the peaks and valleys of life with ADHD and provides insight and support.
The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills and Self-Control
By Lawrence Shapiro
This workbook includes more than forty activities for kids developed by Child Psychologist Lawrence Shapiro. These activities can help your child with ADHD handle everyday tasks, make friends and build self-esteem.
The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps
By Melissa Orlov
This book was awarded “Best Psychology Book of 2010” by Foreword Reviews. The author discusses specific problems in marriage when one spouse has ADHD such as: nagging, intimacy problems, sudden anger and memory issues.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHAAD)
A nationally renowned advocacy group for people with ADHD. Site offers, newsletters and support group listings.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
An organization dedicated to education, research and public advocacy related to ADHD.
National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)
NICHQ is an organization striving to improve healthcare for children by offering training, support, educational materials and data to professionals and organizations. It also has an ADHD toolkit available for professionals.
The ADHD Online Community
An “online community” offering information, peer support and tips to families dealing with ADHD.
OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
By Ross W. Greene
Dr. Ross Greene is a distinguished researcher and clinician in the treatment of kids with extreme emotional and behavioral problems. In his book, he discusses how these children are not attention-seeking or manipulative, but instead are lacking some crucial skills in the areas of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance and problem-solving and, therefore, require a different approach to parenting.
The Challenging Child
By Stanley Greenspan, M.D.
Child Psychiatrist, Dr. Stanley Greenspan, describes ways to understand, raise and enjoy the five “difficult” types of children: the Highly Sensitive Child; the Self-Absorbed Child; the Defiant Child; the Inattentive Child and the Active/Aggressive Child.
Setting Limits with your Strong-Willed Child: Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm and Respectful Boundaries.
By Robert MacKenzie, Ed.D
For the family with a high level of parent-child conflict, this book will help you understand and empathize without giving in, hold your ground without threatening, remove deadly power struggles and give clear, firm messages that your child respects.
Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior
By Russell Barkley and Christine Benton
This book clearly explains what causes defiance, when it becomes a problem and how it can be resolved. The 8-step program stresses consistency and cooperation, promoting changes through a system of praise, rewards and mild punishment.
Try and Make Me: Simple Strategies That Turn Off the Tantrums and Create Cooperation
By Roy Levy, Bill O’Hanlon and Tyler Norris Goode
The authors are family therapists who provide clear and easy to understand advice on how to deal with your child’s tantrums.
The Defiant Child: A Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder
By Dr. Douglas A. Riley
In this book, Dr. Riley, a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, teaches parents how to recognize the signs, understand the attitudes and modify the behavior of their oppositional child.
MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
By John Gottman, Ph.D
Psychologist John Gottman has spent over 20 years studying what makes a marriage last. He discusses each principle in depth with case examples from his research. He also includes self- assessment exercises and strategies to help strengthen your marriage.
Why Marriages Succeed or Fail . . . and How You Can Make Yours Last.
By John Gottman, Ph.D
This book guides you through a series of self-tests designed to determine what kind of marriage you have, your strengths and weaknesses and specific actions to take to help your marriage.
The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need To Know To Make Love Work.
By Terrence Real
Terrence Real shows women how to master the new rules of the 21st century by offering them effective tools to help them create the truly intimate relationship they desire. He identifies 5 non-starters to avoid and shares practical strategies for bringing honesty, passion and joy back to even the most difficult relationship.
Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce-The Sandcastles Way
By M. Gary Neuman
Based on Gary Neuman’s successful Sandcastles program, this book addresses many of the issues facing families going through a divorce. The book describes, by age group, how to tell your child about the divorce, how to help them express their feelings and when your child needs a therapist.
Raising a thinking Preteen
By Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D “
In her best-selling “Raising a Thinking Child”, Myrna Shure introduced her nationally acclaimed “I can problem-solve” program. This book teaches children between 8 and 12 years old how to think through problems and make decisions on their own.
Helping Your Socially Vulnerable Child: What to Do When Your Child is Shy, Socially Anxious, Withdrawn or Bullied.
By Andrew B. Eisen and Linda B. Engler
This book provides coping tools and social skill strategies that you can tailor to your child’s unique social and emotional needs.
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12.
By Thomas Phelan
The revised edition of this award winning book addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight and proven experience.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
On the “Facts for Families” link on this website, you can download concise, up-to-date information on issues that affect, children, teenagers and their families.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
A major, national institute for research and funding that offers a Web page for the public containing a link to information on many mental health issues including: Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD.
This website provides a comprehensive overview of psychological disorders including symptoms, causes and recommended treatment approaches.
National Institute for Health’s website for alcohol related issues.
This website contains information on alcohol abuse and free booklets about alcohol use and strategies for cutting down or quitting alcohol use.
This page has the following sub pages.