The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Education 23rd Annual Conference - ADHD, Aggression and Emotional Dysregulation: Practical Implications for School, Clinical and Community Settings

Miami, FL US
May 3, 2019

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of children. It is usually first diagnosed during childhood and is marked by difficulty sustaining attention, impulse-control issues and hyperactivity. This conference will focus on the links between ADHD and emotion dysregulation and how to help children, adolescents and families experiencing these concerns. 

ADHD has shown a moderate and consistent relationship to aggression, as well as antisocial behavior, more generally across development into adulthood. Why would a supposed disorder of attention consistently link up with aggression? Dr. Russell Barkley will present on his current theory of ADHD as a neurodevelopmental disorder of self-regulation and executive functioning (EF). By understanding ADHD as a far more cognitively impairing disorder of EF than simply one of inattention, it is far easier to understand why it creates impairment in virtually every major life activity studied to date, why it is so persistent throughout development, and why it even increases mortality risk and shortens life expectancy. One can also appreciate its linkage to aggression and antisocial conduct. This presentation will set forth Dr. Barkley’s theory of EF and self-regulation and how it applies to ADHD. He will also elaborate on the implications of this view of ADHD for management, including reductions in aggressive and antisocial behavior.

Dr. Barkley will discuss the role of family conflict in families with teens having ADHD, especially those having oppositional defiant and conduct disorders. He will set forth the components and steps involved in his family training program (with Arthur Robin, Ph.D.) known as Defiant Teens, and discuss the available evidence for its efficacy and why it remains among the more effective approaches to family therapy for conflict reduction. He will also discuss other approaches to management that must be coupled with family training to provide a more comprehensive approach to conflict reduction and aggression in teens who are at high risk for aggression.

Topics covered also include an introduction to specific planning, needs assessment and implementation tools, as well as evidence-based interventions. A case conceptualization model of risk and protective factors that informs treatment decision making will be emphasized. Ways to achieve optimal results for clients will be highlighted.

Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, family mediators, mental health workers, marriage and family therapists, social services agency personnel, juvenile and family-court judges, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, clergy, nurses, pediatricians, primary care physicians and psychiatrists.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify strategies to engage youth with self-regulation and executive function difficulties and utilize best-practice interventions.
  • Recognize the links between ADHD and emotional dysregulation and identify methods to promote resilience.
  • Implement interventions and learn steps to work with youth experiencing ADHD and other difficulties with self-regulation and their families in a variety of settings including schools, clinics and communities.
  • Learn effective ways to assist students with 504 and IEP plans within the public school system.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Psychology
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/03/2019 - 8:30am EDT
Event ends: 
05/03/2019 - 4:00pm EDT
University of Miami
1330 Miller Drive
Donna E. Shalala Student Center
Miami, FL 33134
United States

Lynn Aptman, M.Ed., is President of The Melissa Institute and a former elementary school teacher. She is one of the founders of the Institute, along with her husband, Michael Aptman, MD, Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D., and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D., is a tenured Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at University of Miami. He became Director of Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center in 2015.  Dr. Santisteban has over 25 years of experience conducting clinical trials, developing and testing behavioral treatments for underserved families, and has received six large NIH-funded grants.

Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D., is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Melissa Institute and a Scientific Board member of the Institute since 2004. He has over 25 years of experience in domestic violence research and advocacy, mental health services, community partnerships and higher education administration. His professional trajectory includes appointments in the Family Violence Research Program at the University of New Hampshire, Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital, The Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Boston College, University of Miami and Albizu University. Dr. Aldarondo has an extensive history of involvement with grassroots advocacy organizations and is currently on the board of directors for The Council on Contemporary Families, Casa de Esperanza and The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. 


Russell Barkley, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. he has indicated that he has received Financial or Material Support from Guilford Publications, PESI and American Psychological Association Press.  He is also a Consultant for Shire Pharmaceuticals Co. He will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion. 

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is Research Director of The Melissa Institute and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He has indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion(s).Other non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Other non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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This activity has been approved for 6 credit hours by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Board of Psychology and the Florida Council of Physician Assistants. CE Broker #20-646551.

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Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Psychology
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