The Manhattan Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Support Group has offered
information, networking, and a sense of community to adults with ADD/ADHD since 1992.
We are not Lazy, Crazy, or Stupid:)
Our October 2014 Lecture
Date: Thursday October 2, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Topic: "Executive-Function Training for Adults with ADHD"
Speaker: Enid Gertmenian-King, L.C.S.W.
Location: West End Collegiate Church (School Annex) 245 West 77th Street NY, NY 10024 (North side of 77th Street Between Broadway & West End Av.)
Donation: $5.00 to defray the groups expenses
About The Meeting:
Some of us struggle with issues -- planning, timing, sequencing, decision- making -- that others take for granted.
These have to do with executive function, or EF. It's a feature that lets the brain organize itself; and us organize ourselves.
A user-friendly EF is also goal-directed. It somehow balances mental coordination with mental flexibility; and adds self-control. Which helps us think things through; roll with the punches; and gear ourselves to what's coming up. An EF that provides less can, at times, blur into ADHD. Most of this comes from the biology we bring into the world.(The traditional view puts the seat of EF in the front of the brain.) But neural circuits have been known to play catch- up; is there a way to hasten the process? Or at least do something with what's there now? To a degree that matters: can some of what's missing be gained through practice? Can habit formation help?
Can skill-building do just that? Can structure make a difference? Can goals and rewards be realigned, with good results? Is attention training -- in whatever form -- likely to pay off? This week, we'll learn more about this, from trainer and therapist Enid Gertmenian-King.
About Our Speaker: Enid Gertmenian-King, L.C.S.W.
Enid earned a master's in social work at Columbia; and -- also in NYC -- followed this with a two-year stint at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Along the way, she worked in substance- abuse research and community- based mental-health care.Currently, Enid maintains a private practice in the Flatiron District. But she's better known for her work at the Lieber Clinic, which offers cognitive remediation (and related services) to clients with a range of diagnoses.There, she's put together an EF curriculum for persons with ADHD (and others) and teaches an EF-oriented summer course. In doing this, she uses asp of motivational interviewing and self-determination theory and mindfulness training and cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT).* In short, Enid is trying to get our frontal lobes working by hook or by crook. This will be her first appearance at our podium.
• Executive Functioning Skills Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Cognitive Remediation
About Our Support Group
For 22 years, the Manhattan Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group has offered walk-in, peer-run support sessions for adults with ADD and ADHD. In addition, it sponsors workshops led by experts in ADD/ADHD and other aspects of mental health.