Psychology: Children, Adolescents, and College Students With ADHD

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Release Date: May 25, 2017
Expiration Date: May 25, 2022

It is more important than ever that social workers and mental health professionals are prepared to treat ADHD throughout the lifespan. This intermediate-level course provides current information to help social workers and mental health professionals recognize, accurately diagnose, and support children, adolescents, and college students with ADHD. The course pays special attention to the stages of development, assessments and other resources, and the clinician's role based upon a client's developmental stage. Because timely and accurate diagnosis and intervention are critical for maintaining an individual's functioning, it is essential that clinicians stay up to date on the recent advances in assessment and intervention, as much has changed in the past several years with respect to conceptualizing and intervening with ADHD. Case scenarios throughout the course illuminate the key learning points.

Social Workers completing this course receive 2 clinical social work continuing education credits.

New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.

Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe ADHD prevalence and risk factors for its development in children.
  • Explain the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD in children.
  • Describe ways for clinicians to support children with ADHD at school and at home.
  • Recognize cognitive, emotional, and behavioral ADHD symptoms in adolescence.
  • Explain the diagnosis of ADHD in adolescence.
  • Describe the prevalence, detection, and diagnosis of ADHD in college students.
  • Explain ways for clinicians to support college students with ADHD.
  • Distinguish laws governing accommodations in elementary and high schools from services at the college level.


Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAAN, is a tenured associate professor and serves as the assistant dean of academic integration and evaluation of community programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Widener University (BSN) and the University of Pennsylvania (MSN). She also earned a doctorate in higher education administration-leadership from Widener University and completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship (T32) at the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Meghan S. Leahy, MS, NCC, is a certified counselor and the founder and director of Leahy Learning in Wynnewood, PA. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University (BA) and Villanova University (MS). Her clinical work focuses on problem-solving and success strategies with a particular interest in education, counseling, learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. Ms. Leahy helps clients and their families to understand these experiences, their effects inside and outside of the classroom, and the implementation of successful strategies as both modes of prevention and response.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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