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Digital Seminar

ADHD and the Mindful Path

Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, ADHD-CCSP
1 Hour 29 Minutes
Mar 09, 2023
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What do you do when medication and traditional therapies stop working for your clients struggling with ADHD? Utilizing the practice of mindfulness and specific exercises based in neuroscience can help you break through your roadblocks and help clients regain their focus. This session will give you an in-depth look at the truths and misconceptions of using mindfulness to help treat ADHD, as well as the neuroscience that informs the practice and the evidence-based treatments that are available for your clients, from children to adults and even parents.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Merriam Sarcia Saunders is a seasoned Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over fifteen years of diverse experience in counseling children and adults across private practice, school settings, and case management. She holds advanced training in child and adolescent treatment from UC Berkeley and is a Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP) with specialized expertise in ADHD, autism, and coaching for ADHD.

With certifications in divorce and special education meditation, she has served as a special education mediator for the Marin County Office of Education, advocating for children with special needs. She is also trained as a special master/parent coordinator and contributes as a panelist for Marin County Family Court’s Case Settlement Conferences.

Dedicated to promoting resilience and healing, she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Mindfulness Clinical Practitioner. Her passion for co-parenting mediation led her to develop a specialized parenting plan mediation course for mental health professionals, empowering others to foster a peaceful and successful co-parenting strategy for families going through transitions. Join this transformative course and make a positive impact on families and children seeking support during challenging times.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Merriam Saunders maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Dominican University. She receives royalties as a published author. Merriam Saunders receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Merriam Saunders has no relevant non-financial relationships.



  1. Differentiate between ADHD and other disorders in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  2. Analyze the common misconceptions regarding ADHD as related to clinical treatment.
  3. Integrate the neuroscience of ADHD into mindfulness interventions.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the various evidence and mindfulness-based treatments for ADHD to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  5. Employ numerous mindfulness exercises and interventions targeting the emotional and executive functioning impacts of ADHD in clients to improve treatment outcomes.


The Mindful ADHD Clinician
  • Understanding symptoms of ADHD
  • How is it diagnosed?
  • What is executive functioning?
The Neuroscience of ADHD and Mindfulness Explained
  • Why the brain does what it does
  • What we need it to do
  • Why mindfulness works for ADHD
Differentiate fact from fiction
  • Common myths about ADHD
  • Assessing for co-occurring disorders and other causes
  • Client misconceptions regarding mindfulness for ADHD
Understand the impact of ADHD on children, adults and parents
  • Are you treating ADHD or its emotional impact?
The Mindful Treatment of ADHD
  • Medication Options
  • Evidence-based treatment for ADHD
  • Evidence-based efficacy of alternative approaches
Mindfulness Psychoeducation for ADHD
  • Making mindfulness accessible
  • Differentiating between mindfulness and meditation
  • Explaining the benefits of mindfulness for ADHD
Mindfulness-based Tools for the Clinician
  • Exercises to:
    • Increase attention and impulse control
    • Calm the mind, body and emotions
    • Increase organization, memory and planning
    • Manage Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria
    • Increase self-compassion
    • Reduce ADHD-related anxiety
    • Increase emotional regulation ability
Mindful Parent-Behavior Therapy for ADHD
  • Why we treat the parent and not the child
  • Essential elements of Parent-behavior Therapy
Appropriate Referrals for the child or adult with ADHD

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professions

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