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Introduction to ADHD – Level 1

Event/course Code SFVSS 17/336
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction This course will enable practitioners working with children and young people and/or their families to increase their understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The course will provide an overview of what ADHD is and the impact it has upon school and home life. By the end of the day practitioners will have the essential skills and knowledge to better support children and their families locally.

ADHD is thought to affect 3–9% of school-age children and young people in the UK (NICE, 2013). It is essential that these individuals have a positive experience of care and support. For this to be achieved staff need a good understanding of ADHD and how to work effectively with the difficulties in their role.

No prior knowledge of ADHD is required; this is an introductory level course and is open to all practitioners working with children and young people.
Event Content This course is a brilliant introduction to ADHD and the impact the condition has on the lives of children, young people and their families. The course is facilitated by local practitioners who have valued experience working within the field. The training will be delivered using a multimedia approach; PowerPoint, DVD clips and experiential exercises including case studies and small group work.

The day will provide detailed information on what ADHD is, how it is diagnosed and explore the role practitioners play in the process of diagnosis at a local level. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of diagnosis. In addition time will be spent exploring the impact of ADHD on young people, families and professionals. When possible the facilitators will include a presentation from a young person with ADHD to allow delegates the opportunity to hear the voice of the young person. This course is designed to be an introduction to ADHD, so no previous experience is required before attending.

The course will be led by Dr Jo Steer; she is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in working with children and young people with a diagnosis of ADHD and their families. In addition she has supported professionals both locally, nationally and internationally through consultation, training and conferences. Dr Jo Steer is co-author of “Helping Kids & Teens with ADHD in School”; she also contributed to the development of the NICE quality standard for ADHD in 2013. Dr Jo Steer is the Head of the Emotional Health Service at Achieving for Children in Kingston and Richmond.

Jo will be joined by Dr Amrita Basu, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with several years of experience working in the field of child and adolescent mental health including Tier 2 and Tier 3 CAMHS. Amrita has worked with a number of young people who have also had a diagnosis of ADHD and has worked within a multidisciplinary settings to support young people and their families with some of the challenges that come with having ADHD.

The course is an excellent example of integrated working with local services which will enable participants to ask questions of practicing practitioners who will be aware of the local context.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the course delegates will:

• Be able to describe their understanding of ADHD.
• Have an understanding of the evidence base for various interventions for ADHD.
• Be able to outline how ADHD is diagnosed in the local area and have an awareness of their role in this process.
• Have an increased level of confidence in supporting children and young people with ADHD and their families.
Trainers Amrita Basu / Jo Steer
Course categories SEND, Inclusion and Behaviour
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Monday 16 October 201709:30 - 16:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BYMap