The First UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference was held on 14th October 2016 and was entitled “The ADHD Tsunami? - Global Perspectives”.
As one of the most prevalent disorders of childhood, ADHD is the single most frequent reason for attendance at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Ireland. ADHD frequently continues throughout teenage years into adulthood and commonly causes significant impairment in the lives of those with the condition; Typically ADHD causes challenges in school settings, family life and in friendships.
This international conference brought together experts in the field from all over the world, including Prof. Rosemary Tannock of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Prof. Guilherme Polanczyk of the University of Sao Paulo, and Prof.s Edmund Sonuga-Barke and Samuele Cortese of the University of Southampton, to talk about a variety of key topics in the area of ADHD diagnosis and treatment. These topics included the validity of diagnosis, prevalence, and treatment rates worldwide, the service user perspective of diagnosis and treatment, attitudes to ADHD in schools, social services and child psychiatric services in Ireland, school-based interventions, psychotherapeutic interventions and psychopharmacological interventions for ADHD.
The Conference was attended by over 150 interdisciplinary professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, nurses, teachers & education professionals, probation services and addiction specialists, as well as parents and carers of children with ADHD. Special guests from the National Educational Psychology Service, National Behaviour Support Service, the HSE National Clinical Programme for Mental Health and HADD (the support service for people with ADHD) also attended. Feedback received was particularly positive on the seminars on school-based interventions, psychotherapeutic interventions and psychopharmacological interventions for ADHD.