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1st Edition

Counseling Boys and Men with ADHD

ISBN 9780415993449
Published October 14, 2009 by Routledge
374 Pages

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Book Description

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder primarily affects boys and male teens, and the symptoms can continue on into adulthood.  Consequently, clinicians need to be well-versed in techniques to treat this disorder that are tailored specifically to the needs of males; there are, however, few resources available to them.  This guidebook provides a review of the counseling, educational, and medical interventions that can benefit boys and men with ADHD.  Kapalka begins with a review of symptoms, etiology, assessment, and diagnosis and then discusses a variety of specific interventions: individual counseling, parenting techniques, classroom interventions, and group counseling techniques.  The use of medication in conjunction with counseling is also considered.  Throughout all of the topics covered, Kapalka emphasizes what it is like to be male and have ADHD and describes the impacts that masculinity and gender expectations can have on the expression of and response to the disorder.

Table of Contents

Section I: Etiology, Epidemiology, and Course 1. Symptoms of ADHD.  2. Epidemiology and Course.  3. Etiology.  Section II: Assessment and Diagnosis. 4. Assessment.  5. Differential Diagnosis.  Section III: Counseling and Psychotherapy. 6. Individual Counseling with Boys and Young Teens.  7. Parenting Techniques.  8. Individual Counseling with Men and Older Teens.  9. Working with Spouses and Partners of Men with ADHD.  10. Group Techniques. Section IV: Educational Interventions.  11. Educational Modification.  12. Student Behavior Management. Section V: Medical Approaches. 13. Stimulant Medications.  14. Nonstimulant Medications.  15. Nutritional and Herbal Interventions.

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Dr. George Kapalka is a member of the Graduate Faculty at Monmouth University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Counseling. He is a member of the Executive Council with the New Jersey Counseling Association and a member of a Task Force with the New Jersey Psychological Association, and the chairperson of the New Jersey Chapter of APA’s Division 55. He is the national chair of the Division’s Continuing Education activities, and the director of the ADHD Research and Learning Disorders Content Areas with the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.

Dr. Kapalka has been in clinical practice for over 20 years, and his practice primarily focuses on the treatment of boys, teens and men with ADHD. Since 1985, he has presented research studies at national and international conferences, and he primarily researches the treatment of boys with ADHD. Dr. Kapalka is an author of over 50 research presentations, and he has authored dozens of articles and reviews in professional journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. His book, Parenting Your Out-of-Control Child was released in March of 2007 by New Harbinger Publishers. He is a member of the editorial board for the electronic journal, PsycCRITIQUES, and he is the editor of the New Jersey Journal of Professional Counseling.


Dr. Kapalka has written a clinically sensitive treatise on ADHD in males across the developmental spectrum. Most notable about this book is his deft weaving of case studies with perceptive commentary on treatment strategies.  He integrates contemporary clinical research findings with the compassion of an experienced clinician.  A must-read for clinicians working with ADHD at any age.  Mary Fristad, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Ohio State University

This is a thorough, interesting, and historical book on the origins of the recognition, identification, and treatment of the hyperactive and impulsive male from early school age through adulthood.  Psychologists will welcome this source of help for their work with the ADHD teen or man.  J. G. Benedict, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice