Medications Used to Treat ADHD

This workshop discusses pharmacological approaches currently being used to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We cover the onset of action, duration of action, routes of administration, mechanism of action, positive effects, and side effects of a number of treatment medications.

At a glance

What: Medications Used to Treat ADHD

When: F, Jan 16, 9am-4pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $140

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Kristi Obmascher: 608-262-8971


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

Medications are one of the principle treatments of ADHD. The workshop will provide a background on incidence of ADHD, potential genetic predisposition to ADHD, measurement of ADHD, and medication effects on this disorder. The focus of the workshop will be on the medications used to treat ADHD, their mechanism of action, and their side effects (unwanted effects).

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the signs and symptoms of ADHD
  • Identify the mechanism of action of stimulant medication
  • Identify the mechanism of action of non-stimulant medications
  • List common side effects (unwanted or adverse effects) of medications used in the treatment of ADHD
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the types of medications used in treatment of ADHD

General information

Fee: $140 includes instruction, materials, CEUs, refreshments, and a nonrefundable $20 administrative fee.

Location: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI. For directions and parking information: conferencing.uwex.edu/index.cfm

Continuing Education Units/Approved Hours

0.6 CEUs = 6 hours of professional continuing education/workshop. Participants receive verification of attendance at end of program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an acceptable continuing education provider for the following:

Association of Social Work Boards
UW-Madison Continuing Studies (provider #1042) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/27/2013-4/27/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)#5990 and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board
This workshop qualifies as a continuing education course relevant to the professional practice of psychology offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
This workshop qualifies as a continuing education program offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors
This workshop qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.

For more information contact:
Kristi Obmascher at 608-262-8971 or kobmascher@dcs.wisc.edu