"This is a ground breaking work -- it is the first empirically-based psychological treatment for ADHD in adults. Safren and colleagues are to be congratulated for moving it from the realm of a clinical research manual used in their scientific trials to a more widely available, published format so that many other clinicians and their ADHD patients can benefit from its clear, concise, straight forward, and easily implemented step-by-step format. Clinicians will find here in this set of manuals an effective tool for assisting their ADHD patients, even those on medication, with dealing with the organizational, time-sensitive, aspects that pervade nearly all domains of major life activities. Patients will find in the accompanying manual highly useful information about the disorder, and just as important, scientifically proven tactics for dealing with their ADHD symptoms and associated impairments. Thank you, Drs. Safren, Sprich, Perlman, and Otto."
- Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.,
Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
"This clear and concise therapist guide (along with the corresponding client workbook) provides professionals with everything they need to know about this systematic, evidence-based approach to treating adult ADHD. The manual is very well organized and easy to read. Illustrative case vignettes bring the strategies to life. Any professional who treats adults with ADHD will find this manual indispensable."
- Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., ABPP,
Director, Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, and Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
"This therapist guide is an excellent resource for therapists working with adults with ADHD. It outlines specific, concrete strategies to help manage ADHD symptoms and provides useful information to help the therapist make the most out of each session with their client. If I were asked to select only two or three books that I would consider important resources for clinicians who working with adults struggling with symptoms of ADHD, this therapist guide would top the list. I am really pleased that the authors have taken the time to evaluate the effects of this intervention in a randomized controlled trial with adults who continued to experience functional impairment despite medication treatment. Therapists will find the therapist guide and the companion client workbook highly useful tools for helping their clients with ADHD develop and maintain essential coping skills."
- Wendy S. Freeman, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
"For years, clinicians and researchers have recognized that the most effective methods for treating ADHD, medication, have left persons with significant problems despite their effectiveness in improving attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity. Persons with ADHD and important people in their lives have often found that they continue to have difficulties in organizing needed materials and supplies, managing their time, and completing important tasks while also experiencing difficulties in their mood and interpersonal relationships. Supportive psychotherapy has been helpful in allowing people to recognize the impact of their condition on their lives and relationships, but has not helped them cope with the condition more successfully. Dr. Safren and his colleagues have applied critical thinking and advances in cognitive behavioral therapy to create a treatment package that increases organizational skills, reduces distractibility, and improves interpersonal and emotional functioning. In initial tests, the logical training approach developed has resulted in significant improvements that go beyond the impact of medication. Thus, this package is one of the first means of providing empirically supported psychotherapy to adults with ADHD.
This book provides clinicians with a step-by-step guide for helping their ADHD clients improve upon their functioning in several important areas that do not gain from the use of medication. It is an invaluable source in the comprehensive treatment of this chronic, often disabling disorder. In a field of treatment full of untested notions, unproven coaching, and severely limited research support, this package provides clinicians with a program that they can utilize with confidence because it has passed empirical tests. The program's initial impact has been positive and it will continue to be scrutinized through further research. Thus, this program and its future enhancements show great promise. Because of their clear and concise presentation, Safren and his co-authors readily guide readers through the treatment process. With care and a reasonable amount of study, ADHD specialists should find that they can add an important new tool to their kit."
- Richard Gallagher, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY