Positive Psychology for a Life Well Lived


Date to be determined

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children

A positive approach to treatment.


In recent years, the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has received an enormous surge of attention in scientific literature and the media. Researchers estimate 3-5 percent of school children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. Clinicians have had to increase their education and skill in the nature, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD. Parents of children diagnosed with ADHD are challenged to deal with the stigma and problem-focus that has become prevalent in educational and mental-health treatment systems. They are often confronted with contradictory and confusing information.

Professionals will be awarded 3 Continuing Education Credits…

Event Details:

This workshop will provide tools for clinicians to build a therapeutic relationship that enhances the unique strengths of the child. You will learn to use a positive reframing of the symptoms of ADHD, take steps to improve the child’s level of self-esteem, utilize the child’s creativity and energy, and honor the child’s emotional sensitivity and expressiveness. You will find new ways to assist parents to have positive perceptions and closer connection with their child, which leads to transformation and empowerment for the family.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review diagnostic criteria, environmental and etiological factors for ADHD and understand the importance of thorough assessment.
  • Utilize a positive, strength-focused vocabulary and framework for use in evaluation, parent-training and family therapy.
  • Examine research outcomes on the effectiveness of strength-based counseling interventions combined with pharmacotherapy.
  • Investigate ways to enhance and promote self-esteem, focus, creativity, empathy and emotional expression in the child with ADHD.
  • Assist parents in making a positive shift about their child’s attributes, establish a closer connection with their child, and become positive advocates for their child.



Cathleen Miner, Ph.D. Psychologist

Dr. Miner is the Clinical Director of The Family Institute. She is a licensed psychologist and earned her doctorate from Gannon University with honors.

Dr. Miner has organized a community psychological services clinic, designed courses and training programs in university settings, worked in hospital triage and crisis intervention, and provided clinical supervision to graduate students of psychology. As a professor in the adjunct faculty of a graduate psychology program, she received superior ratings from her students.

Dr. Miner has authored an acclaimed, nationally-implemented training manual for clinicians working in the mental illness/substance abuse field. Her research of gender issues in the psychotherapy relationship was recognized with an Outstanding Research Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She has extensive residency training and clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of A.D.H.D. in children and adults. In her own practice, she has developed effective strategies for children coping with A.D.H.D., and their parents and teachers.


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