Mindfulness has emerged as a valuable component of treatment for adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This concise manual presents an evidence-based group intervention specifically tailored to the needs of this population. The Mindful Awareness Practices for ADHD (MAPs) program helps participants cultivate self-regulation of attention, emotions, and behavior; awareness of ADHD challenges; self-acceptance; and self-compassion. With a stepwise teaching approach and meditation periods that are shorter than in other mindfulness programs, MAPs is designed to optimize learning. Included are step-by-step instructions for conducting the eight sessions, scripts for guided meditations, 33 reproducible handouts, and "Adaptation for Individual Therapy" boxes. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download printable copies of the handouts and audio recordings of the guided practices.
Foreword, Russell A. Barkley I. Overview: Knowing the "Why" before the "What" 1. Introduction 2. Conceptual and Research Review 3. Teaching Considerations: Common Questions and Answers 4. ADHD Psychoeducation II. MAPs for ADHD 8-Week Program: Seeing the Forest for the Trees - Session 1. Introduction to ADHD and Mindfulness: Reframing of ADHD - Session 2. Mindful Awareness of ADHD Patterns: "What Is My ADHD Like?" - Session 3. Mindful Awareness of Sound, Breath, and Body - Session 4. Mindful Awareness of Body Sensations - Session 5. Mindful Awareness of Thoughts - Session 6. Mindful Awareness of Emotions - Session 7. Mindful Awareness of Presence and Interactions - Session 8. Mindful Awareness as a Life Journey III. Beyond Initial MAPs for ADHD: The End May Be Just the Beginning 5. Considerations of Next Steps Appendix: Session Summaries and Session Handouts References Index