Treating Adult ADHD: Help Smart but Scattered Clients Strengthen Executive Skills

Presented by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Live Streaming October 11, 2024


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEUs


This workshop will be live streaming to online participants on October 11, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Vancouver, BC)
Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until November 9, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 5 – 7 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on October 10, 2024. 

Executive skills are underlying brain processes that help people manage their everyday lives, get things done, control their emotions, and help them manage obstacles that interfere with productivity and behavior change. Many adults with executive skill challenges struggle to finish college, hold down a job, progress in their career, or maintain satisfactory relationships with friends and family. Failure and the recognition that they are working well below their potential erode self-confidence, eat away at self-esteem.

Even highly motivated clients with executive skill challenges struggle to follow through on the changes they need to make to improve their physical or emotional well-being. They know they need to change, they know what they need to do to change, they may even be able to take a step or two toward making those changes—and then they plateau or give up. What’s getting in the way is not their unwillingness or resistance to change, but weak executive skills.

This webinar will provide an overview of the executive skills that play a central role in the ability to function successfully in three domains: in the workplace, in the home, and in relationships.

9:00 am Introduction to Executive Skills

  • Participants determine their own executive skills profile
  • How to interpret results on the Executive Skills Questionnaire (ESQ)
  • Executive skill development across the lifespan
  • Overview of the 12 executive skills comprising the “Smart but Scattered” model

10:30 am  Break

10:45 am  Intervention Strategies for the 12 Executive Skills

  • Individual skills and strategies for each skill

12:15 pm  Lunch

1:00 pm Executive Skill Challenges in ADHD Adults

  • An overview of the relationship between ADHD and executive skills
  • The impact of ADHD on behavior and implications for treatment
  • Overview of coaching adults with ADHD
  • Distinction between coaching and therapy
  • Key components of coaching

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Coaching for Behavior Change

  • Steps in the coaching process
  • 3 contexts of coaching for behavioral change-

home, workplace, relationships

  • Three strategies to manage executive skill challenges-

Environmental modifications, using short-term incentives & strategies for skill enhancement

  • Case study
  • Wrap-up focusing on key strategies—the “biggest bang for the buck”

4:15 pm Program End

  • Assess executive skill strengths and weaknesses in your clients effectively
  • Develop realistic action plans tailored to individual needs and goals in any settings or situation
  • Identify the best way to restructure a client’s environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills
  • Implement practical strategies to enhance executive functioning in daily life
  • Identify how to overcome obstacles and maintain progress on their journey

Dr. Peg Dawson: In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits. Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$269.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Group rates and student discounts are available. Please contact for more information.

  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits