ADHD, PTSD, or Both? Exploring Best Practices for Children Exhibiting Comorbid Symptoms

When: Wednesday, October 18 - 12:00 PM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Though seemingly different in their etiology, PTSD and ADHD in school aged children have several overlapping symptoms and presentations that can be difficult to separate in clinical and applied settings. This can be especially true in child populations who have experienced complex trauma. This webinar will consider the diagnoses of PTSD and ADHD through an exploratory lens to help providers better assess, treat, and monitor the intersecting symptoms of both disorders. Clinical vignettes will be provided to enhance participants’ application of skills, while also increasing their understanding of complex child behavior.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the overlap of PTSD and ADHD symptoms in clinical settings
  • Describe how symptoms of trauma manifest in child behaviors that coincide with ADHD symptomatology 
  • Recognize external child behavior as being representative of the child’s complex and multifaceted inner world
  • Identify developmental and cultural considerations in the treatment of children with ADHD and/or PTSD

Michelle Ferrer, Ph.D

 Michelle Ferrer is a licensed clinical psychologist in Florida. She obtained her Ph.D from Yeshiva University - Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, then completed child specialization fellowships at University of California - San Francisco and Hackensack Medical Center. Michelle currently works in private practice using culturally attuned, psychodynamic treatment with infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and their families. She is the current co-chair for the Diversity Committee of the Florida Psychological Association, former lecturer at the University of Miami, and former Diversity Delegate for the American Psychological Association. Michelle’s interests include the intersection of childhood trauma, diversity, and advocacy.