Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders & SUD, Part 5: The Window Opens Before Age 12 - ADHD and SUD

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Friday, March 17, 2023

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One of the most complex co-occurring disorders is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Often misdiagnosed and comorbid with several other mental health challenges, those living with ADHD are particularly vulnerable to substance use disorders (SUD). The impairment to multiple areas of function begins under the age of 12 and sets the stage for developmental, academic, and self-esteem challenges. The purpose of this webinar is to understand the unique struggles of those living with ADHD and how SUD can manifest. The presentation will also explore the key diagnostic features of ADHD, clinical considerations, and recommendations for effective treatment. 


Tara Matthews, PhD, LPC, MAC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nutritional Health Coach. Matthews has been teaching in higher education since 2009 and working clinically with diverse populations living with co-occurring disorders since 2004. As a Nutritional Health Coach, Matthews has been able to integrate health coaching into her work with colleagues and clients living with co-occurring disorders. Matthews has also provided clinical supervision to those seeking professional licensure. Matthews has presented on various topics, including Professional Ethics and Self-Care. She also co-authored and co-edited, Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders: Evidenced-based Integrative Treatment and Multicultural Application. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to summaries the key diagnostic features of ADHD.
  • Participants will be able to describe the unique struggles of those living with ADHD and how SUD can manifest.
  • Participants will be able to make adjustments in clinical treatment to meet the needs of those live with ADHD and SUD.
Content Level

Beginning and Intermediate.

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

Polls and Q&A.


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A Certificate of Completion for 1.5 CEs is available by participating in this specialty online training and passing an online CE quiz. Those who successfully complete the full series and pass all six CE quizzes for this six-part series will be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Achievement for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders & SUD

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This course meets the qualifications for one and a half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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