Working with Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Disruptive behavior disorders are among the easiest to identify of all coexisting conditions because they involve behaviors that are readily seen such as temper tantrums, physical aggression such as attacking other children, excessive argumentativeness, stealing, and other forms of defiance or resistance to authority. These disorders, which include ODD and CD, often first attract notice when they interfere with school performance or family and peer relationships, and frequently intensify over time.
LIVE WORKSHOP: July 22nd, 2015 from 11:30am-1:00pm (CST) @ Manhattan Public Library
Behaviors typical of disruptive behavior disorders can closely resemble ADHD—particularly where impulsivity and hyperactivity are involved—but ADHD, ODD, and CD are considered separate conditions that can occur independently. This workshop will address the relevant issues regarding these disorders and provide the participants with a guide to understanding them individually.
1. Participants will be introduced to the diagnosis and evaluation of disruptive conduct disorders: ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.
2. Participants will become familiar with common behavioral challenges and characteristics of children/adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders.
3. Participants will learn strategies for management and communication with children/adolescents diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders.
Course Coordinator: For registration, please contact Amanda Yenzer, Program Coordinator of Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 785/537-6867.
Instructor Bio: Dr. Matthew Wassom, PhD
Dr. Wassom is a Licensed Psychologist and graduate of The University of Kansas with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Health and Rehabilitation. Dr. Wassom completed a fellowship in child and pediatric psychology at Children’s Mercy-Kansas City and joined the medical staff at Children’s Mercy in 2009. He served as Clinical Director at Children’s Mercy within the Division of Gastroenterology and provided clinical services across a range of clinical areas in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences. He has specialty experience in treating general behavioral pediatrics, elimination/toileting disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, and stress related physical conditions. He has been involved in training and supervision for medical residents, developmental pediatrician fellows, and psychology fellows. Dr. Wassom has published numerous articles in professional journals and books and has been a presenter for regional and national conferences. Dr. Wassom is the new director of Katie's Way, based here in Manhattan.