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Young Adults with ADHD: Navigating Academia and Adulting

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Aug 26, 2022
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When children with ADHD grow into young adulthood, needs change — and risks can increase. Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, will help you navigate a time of transition — when difficulty with transition is a symptom of ADHD.  Discover evidence-based strategies for easing the frustration of young adulthood.   Learn the “sweet spot” of parental involvement  — not too much, not too little — and what options are available to help young adults with ADHD become active members of society living lives with meaning.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

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 1.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a renowned therapist and leading expert on gaslighting. With over two decades of experience as a clinician, author, and speaker, Dr. Sarkis has become a trusted voice in the fight against gaslighting and related forms of psychological manipulation. Her groundbreaking book, Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People – and Break Free, has become a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the devastating impact of gaslighting and how to heal from its effects. She was named a diplomate and clinical mental health specialist in child and adolescent counseling by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, one of only 20 professionals in the United States with this dual designation. Dr. Sarkis is also a national certified counselor, licensed mental health counselor, and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Mediator. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. Dr. Sarkis is a senior contributor for Forbes online and is also a contributor to Psychology Today. Her Psychology Today posts have been viewed over 70 million times. Her Psychology Today article “11 Red Flags of Gaslighting in a Relationship” went viral, with over 15 million views. She has taught the graduate-level classes Diagnosis and Assessment of Mental Health Disorders in addition to Law and Ethics of Counseling at the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Sarkis earned a PhD, EdS, and MEd in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida, named by US News and World Report as the top counselor education program in the country. Dr. Sarkis has appeared on CNN, 10% Happier with Dan Harris, Sirius XM Doctor Radio, ABC (U.S.), ABC (Australia), in USA Today, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and many more media outlets. Her research on comorbid ADHD and its impact on pediatric executive function was published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. She hosts the Talking Brains podcast and is based in Tampa, Florida. Her latest book Healing from Toxic Relationships is available now. Visit her website at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis maintains a private practice. She serves as a contributor to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today and is an advisory panel member for Evergreen Certifications. Dr. Sarkis is a facilitator for Collaborative Divorce. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis is a professional expert for, part of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She is a member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.


  1. Prepare to speak knowledgeably with clients or their parents about medications for anxiety. 
  2. Formulate open communication with prescribers for best client outcomes. 
  3. Differentiate benefits versus side effects of ADHD medication. 


  • Why ADHD Symptoms May Not “Show Up” Until College 
  • How Symptoms Change into Adulthood 
  • A Note About Taking Time Off – Gap year 
  • Community Colleges 
  • Learning a Trade 
  • What an ADHD Student Looks Like 
  • What an ADHD College Student Sounds Like 
    • Quotes from Students 
  • ADHD Students and their Parents 
    • Dilemma of backing off/getting involved 
  • ADHD Students Over the Traditional Age 
  • ADHD College Students are at Increased Risk For 
  • ADHD and Learning Disabilities 
  • Academic Issues 
  • Social Issues 
  • Daily Living Skills Issues 
  • ADHD and Learning Disabilities 
  • Medication Issues 
  • ADHD Medications and College Athletes 
  • NonMedication Treatments 
  • Recommendations for Scholarly Success 
  • Seeking Accommodations 
  • Recommended Accommodations 
  • Money Tips for Young Adults with ADHD 
  • Living with Roommates 
  • Summary 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Directors of Student Disability Services
  • College Counselors

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