6 CE Credits

Anthony Quintiliani, Ph.D., LADC,  has over 30 years of clinical experience in community clinics, schools, and higher education. He is Past President of VPA and past Clinical Director at Howard Center.  He has been teaching clinical course at The University of Vermont and Southern New Hampshire University for many years.

Dean J. M. Mooney, Ph.D., NCSP, is a licensed clinical psychologist - doctorate and a licensed school psychologist in the state of Vermont; he is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.   He is co-author of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Guide to School Success, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Guide to School Success - The Teacher's Manual , A Train Ride to Grandma's (With NO Chocolate Donut!), and A Snapshot of Me -A Student with NLD.    He has lectured on the topic of nonverbal learning disabilities for local and national organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and England.   Additionally, Dr. Mooney serves on, or has served on, numerous medical, educational, and academic boards.

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

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An Update on the Diagnosis & Treatment of ADHD


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):  What Are We Really Talking About?

Middlebury Inn


Course Objectives

By the end of the program participants will have:

  1. Added to and updated their knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  2. Added to and updated their knowledge of the use of neuropsychological assessment to increase the reliability and validity of the diagnosis of ADHD.
  3. Added to and updated their knowledge of the neurocognitive profiles of individuals with ADHD.
  4. Added to and updated their knowledge regarding the Psychodynamic Psychoanalytical approach to understanding attention and an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder drawing from the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual among other sources.
  5. Added to and updated their knowledge of the differential diagnosis of ADHD and the Autism Spectrum Disorder

Participants will also:

  1. Understand the role of Mindfulness and meditation in improving ADHD.
  2. Understand how Loving Kindness Meditation may improve self-concept.
  3. Understand how Gratitude Meditation may improve emotion regulation.
  4. Understand how mindfulness and meditation may improve cognitive strengthening and reduce limbic dominance in ADHD emotion regulation.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the diagnostic criteria for ASD according to the DSM-5.
  2. Identify the current data collection/diagnostic methods and the best practices used for the diagnosis of ASD and NLD.
  3. Discuss the controversies surrounding the diagnosis of ASD and the differing presentations of children who 'fit' into this diagnostic category.
  4. Identify interventions and teaching methods that are appropriate for individual with these diagnoses.

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals.

Course Description

Morning:  This course will add to and update participants’ knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  The neurocognitive profiles of individuals with ADHD will be reviewed, as will the use of neuropsychological assessment to improve the validity of ADHD diagnosis.  The differential diagnosis of ADHD and the Autism Spectrum Disorder will be reviewed.  Treatment approaches to ADHD drawing from psychoanalytic and mindfulness meditation psychotherapeutic traditions will be presented.

Afternoon:  The DSM-5's new diagnostic category of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has resulted in many more questions rather than answers for clinicians, educators, parents, and patients.  This presentation will address many of these questions as well as our current understanding of disorders known as ASD, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), what used to be referred to as Asperger Disorder, and how they fit together, if at all.  We will also review how to best work with individuals with these diagnoses in a clinical setting, as well as appropriate home, and school interventions.

Richard Root, Ed.D., ABPP, is a founding member of Twin State Psychological Services.  He is in the independent practice of psychology and is a member of the Medical Staff of the Springfield, Vermont, and Claremont, New Hampshire, hospitals.  He has had an ongoing interest in the development of attending skills and has published articles on theoretical and clinical aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  He has held leadership roles with the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners and the Vermont, New England, and American Psychological Associations . Dr. Root is a lifelong resident of Vermont and lives in Chester with his wife Rachel, an excellent and compassionate teacher. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Jessica Di Marco, Psy.D., is affiliated with Twin State Psychological Services.  She holds a doctorate degree in forensic psychology from Alliant International University and is a licensed psychologist - doctorate.  She previously held positions with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, New Lisbon Developmental Center, and the New Jersey Parole Board.  Dr. Di Marco provides psychological assessment and psychotherapeutic services for adults and children, with advanced training in the assessment and treatment of developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as Psychosexual Disorders in both adults and juveniles with and without developmental disabilities.

David A. Lord, Ph.D., ABPP, was formerly supervising staff psychologist at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, where he worked with men and women suffering from anxiety, mood, substance abuse and gender disorders.  Specializing in group work with men, he co-founded one of the first group treatment efforts dealing with military sexual trauma.  A native of New Hampshire, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and, after two years as chief psychologist in the US Virgin Islands and a post-doctoral fellowship at Austen Riggs Center, he proceeded to New York City in 1964 to become associate director of the Columbia College Counseling Service and lecturer in human development.  A graduate of the William A. White Institute of Psychoanalysis, he has held clinical professorships at Cornell Medical College and, currently, the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth. A follower of Harry Stack Sullivan’s Interpersonal School, he currently conducts a private practice in Chester, Vermont.


CE Workshop-October 19, 2018

Conference Schedule

8:30       Registration

9:00       Concepts, Diagnosis, Assessment, &

                 Treatment of ADHD (Dr. Root)

10:15    Break

10:30    The Concept of Attention (Dr. Lord)

11:00    Meditation as Treatment for ADHD

                   (Dr. Quintiliani)

11:45    Differential Diagnosis of Autism & ADHD

                  (Dr. Di Marco)

12:00    Lunch (ON YOUR OWN)

1:00       Autism Spectrum Disorder (Dr. Mooney)

2:30       Break (15 minutes)

4:30       Program ends