Parents as Friendship Coaches for Children with ADHD
September 6 @ 12:00 pm - September 7 @ 3:00 pm
Parents as Friendship Coaches for Children with ADHD
Presenter: Amori Yee Mikami, PhD & Sébastien Normand, PhD
Dates: September 6 & 7, 2022. 12–3 PM EDT each day
Fee: $305 (Earlybird discount until 8/1 $245)
Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.
This two-session online training will be live and interactive.
You will be able to ask the presenter questions. The training will be recorded. All participants will have access to recordings for 8 weeks.
There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.
It is requested that participants read the manual beforehand in order to get the most out of the current workshop. The treatment manual, including all handouts, is available for purchase here: https://www.routledge.com/Parents-as-Friendship-Coaches-for-Children-with-ADHD-A-Clinical-Guide/Mikami-Normand/p/book/9781032118284
Parental Friendship Coaching is an evidence-based intervention to help parents learn to support their children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in making and keeping good friends. By working with parents to coach their children with ADHD in better friendship behaviors, this offers the potential to build lasting capacity within families to address children’s peer problems. The Parental Friendship Coaching program has been tested in two randomized clinical trials and has been demonstrated to improve children’s friendship behaviors, and to improve friendship quality in at-risk subgroups of children with ADHD (such as those with oppositional defiant disorder, or those whose social problems have not responded to previous treatments). In this 5.5-hour online workshop, participants will learn how to administer the intervention, and will also learn tips and tricks for navigating the content and common dilemmas that may arise when working with families.
Parental Friendship Coaching is targeted for families of children ages 6-11 with ADHD. It is offered as a 10-session, manualized, program that is delivered to parents only (in a group or individual format), with no child treatment component. Parental Friendship Coaching It is based on principles and techniques that are in behavioral parent training programs for ADHD, but the content is specifically tailored to treating peer problems. It is intended for parents who are seeking tools to help their children with ADHD to improve their negative social behaviors with peers (such as conflict on playdates, trouble sharing or taking turns, poor sportsmanship, wanting to dictate the rules of games, missing cues that the peer is upset or bored, or seeming uninterested in the peer), with the end goal of building better friendships. Clinicians who have experience offering behavioral parent training are best suited to deliver the Parental Friendship Coaching intervention.
From Russell Barkley’s Book Review
Russell A. Barkley, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University; editor, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment
The authors have crafted what I consider to be the best program currently available for working with children with ADHD and their parents on improving the children’s peer relationships that are impaired in the majority of such children. Why? Other social skills programs that predate this one were not designed expressly for the social difficulties evident in children with ADHD. This one was, given that it is based on all that research has taught us about what is going wrong in those peer relationships. The others were based on children with other conditions, usually social anxiety, whereas this one is directly focused on ADHD. The other programs are based on a faulty premise – that children with ADHD are ignorant of social skills and, because they don’t know them, must be trained in them. This program gets it right — ADHD creates more of a problem with using the knowledge and skills a child has in everyday social relationships, and not regarding ignorance of knowledge. Furthermore, other programs train children in artificial circumstances, such as clinics, usually involving other children the child does not normally encounter in their daily life — so they don’t generalize much if at all to natural social settings, if they work at all. For all these and other reasons there is no better source than this one for working with families of children with ADHD. Every discipline interested in doing so will benefit greatly from making this program available.
- At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:
- Explain why parents are in an ideal position to coach their children with ADHD regarding friendships
- Identify populations of children with ADHD for whom Parental Friendship Coaching is recommended or is not recommended
- Describe Parental Friendship Coaching to potential clients to assist in treatment planning and goal-setting
- Administer Parental Friendship Coaching to help parents support their children with ADHD and social problems
- Troubleshoot common challenges that can arise when administering Parental Friendship Coaching to tailor the program to families’ individual needs
- Track and evaluate the effectiveness of Parental Friendship Coaching with clients
September 4, 2022 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.
Notification of Acceptance
Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.
Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $25) until August 6, 2022. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).
Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.
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Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.
Meet the Instructors:
Dr. Amori Mikami is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of British Columbia. Along with Dr. Normand, she created the Parental Friendship Coaching program to help parents learn to support their children with ADHD in making and keeping good friends. Her research focuses on developing and testing interventions for social problems among children with ADHD. Dr. Mikami received her BA and MA in Psychology from Stanford University, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of California, Berkeley. She completed clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and is licensed as a clinical psychologist in British Columbia (Canada). She has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Mikami has been honored with several awards, including the Young Scientist Research Award from the organization Children and Adults with ADHD (2005), and Fellow Status from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2021).
Dr. Sébastien Normand is an Associate Professor in the Département de Psychoéducation et de Psychologie at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. He is a Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology of the University of Ottawa and a Pediatric Psychologist at Hôpital Montfort (Ottawa, Canada). His primary research interests focus on the friendships of children with ADHD, on psychosocial treatments targeting these peer problems, and on psychosocial interventions to engage families in evidence-based treatments for ADHD. Dr. Normand received his B.Sc. from the Université du Québec à Montréal and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Ottawa. He completed his clinical internship at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Normand’s work has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) and the Institut du savoir Montfort.
Mikami, A.Y. & Normand, S. (2015). The importance of social contextual factors in peer relationships of children with ADHD. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 2, 30-37.
Mikami, A.Y., Normand, S., Hudec, K.L., Guiet, J., Na, J.J., Smit, S., Khalis, A., & Maisonneuve, M.-F. (2020). Treatment of friendship problems in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Initial results from a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88(10), 871-885. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000607
Smit, S., Mikami, A.Y., & Normand, S. (2022). Effects of the Parental Friendship Coaching intervention on parental emotion socialization of children with ADHD. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 50, 101-115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-021-00818-9
Mikami, A.Y. & Normand, S. (2022). Parents as friendship coaches for children with ADHD: A clinical guide. New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003221715
These references are authored by the presenters (and the grad students of the presenters), and they reflect the framework and content of the treatment manual, as well as the results of randomized clinical trials testing the efficacy of the Parental Friendship Coaching program. The presenters receive royalties from sales of the manual.