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Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, Part 1: Disorders of childhood and adulthood

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Externalizing disorders of childhood and adulthood, including ADHD, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy

About this course

This four-part webinar course, Overcoming Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, is designed to help you help your client. The webinar explains how childhood and adolescent externalizing disorders develop. You’ll learn about genetic risk. You’ll learn how environmental factors — from parenting to siblings to the child’s friends — interact with genetic endowment to promote or inhibit externalizing disorders. Most importantly, you’ll learn strategies that parents can use to help their children grow up healthy and happy, even if they were born with a risk for disorder.

Highlights of Part 1:

  • Diagnostic criteria for childhood externalizing disorders — including ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and substance use disorders.
  • Comparing antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy.
  • How social behavior systems are affected by psychopathy.

 About the instructor

Liane J. Leedom, M.D., is a psychiatrist and an associate professor of counseling and psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She is author of Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child’s Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD, and Women Who Love Psychopaths: Investigating the Relationships of Inevitable Harm. She is also author of multiple peer-reviewed studies, including The Problem of Parental Psychopathy, and Did He Ever Love Me? A Qualitative Study of Life with a Psychopathic Husband.

In addition to her university research and teaching, Dr. Leedom is currently in private practice as a psychiatrist. She trained in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She previously served on the medical staff of several Connecticut facilities, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, the Hospital of St. Raphael and the Center for Optimum Care.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $25 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can view it as often as you want. There is no expiration date.

This four-part series offers 4 hours of continuing education credit for mental health professionals. All 4 parts must be completed to receive credit. For more information on credits, click here.

Mental health professionals who complete 8 Lovefraud CE credits are eligible for a free 12-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

No commercial support was provided to Lovefraud Continuing Education or the instructor for this program.

Learning objectives

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Name and describe externalizing disorders of childhood and adolescence, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and substance use disorders.
  2. Compare the diagnostic criteria for antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy.
  3. Describe human social behavioral systems and how they develop.
  4. Describe the impact of parental externalizing disorders on co-parents and children.
  5. Identify the risks to children of exposure to psychopathic parents.

Program Agenda

 Instruction — 55 minutes

  • Externalizing disorders of childhood and adolescence
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
      • Diagnostic Changes DSM IVtr to DSM5
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    • Conduct Disorder
      • Conduct Disorder: DSM IVtr to DSM5
  • Externalizing disorders of adulthood
    • Externalizing disorders across the lifespan
    • Diagnosis of psychopathic personality traits and categorical psychopathy
  • Comparison between DSM and Psychopathy Checklist Revised
  • Psychopathy: Facets and factors
  • Psychopathy: Developmental Continuity
  • Primer on social behavior systems
  • Psychopathy and social behavioral systems
  • Psychopathy and its impact on co-parents and children
  • How do psychopathic men and women become parents?
  • Psychopathy and its impact on co-parents and children
  • Exposure to the psychopathic parent: Risks to children

 Questions and answers —5 minutes

Final quiz

Risks and Limitations

  • The accuracy and utility of the statements included in this presentation are based on referenced materials from reliable sources that are accessible and obtainable by all.
  • The limitation of the content presented herein is that the results of execution have not been measured, therefore, expectation of outcome is not predictable.
  • It is presumed that professionals executing the guidelines presented herein will apply such holding to the precise standards of their professional code of ethics, to reduce risk of ethical violations. As in all therapeutic interventions that may provoke emotional triggering, the professional may be required to perform risk assessment for suicidality, homicidality or other incident requiring emergency psychiatric services.

Here’s a preview of this course:

Externalizing disorders in children, such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder, may be precursors to antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy as adults. In this course, you’ll learn how to help parents help their at-risk children.

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