Executive Functions in Mental Health: Are Your Clients Seeing the Whole Picture?

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Jay Carter
5 Hours 12 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 06, 2015


A Practical Approach for Successful Interventions & Therapeutic Responses

Executive functions enable us to have insight, foresight, hindsight, and the ability to see context. When these abilities are diminished or non-existent, it causes problems for those individuals, along with others in their lives. In extreme cases, it is indicative of a mental health problem.

Understanding executive dysfunction in a practical way leads to successful interventions and therapeutic responses. Children, in general, have not developed their executive functions yet; we know how difficult their behaviors can be due to this lack of insight and inability to see the bigger picture. Many adult mental health issues stem from lack of development, frozen development, or physiological damage that inhibits development of insight, foresight, hindsight, and the ability to see beyond the current situation. In the absence of these abilities, interventions can be initiated that develop executive function or substitute for lack of executive function.

This comprehensive recording will give you a better understanding of executive dysfunction in these various disorders and a wealth of applicable new knowledge.



Executive Function Development

  • Brain development
    • Prefrontal lobe
    • “Mylienates” back to front
  • Last to develop, first to go
  • Highly successful people
  • Caterpillar to butterfly
  • Do you SEE yourself?

Related Mental Health Issues

  • Bipolar
  • Attention deficit
  • Autism
  • PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Dementia
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Schizophrenia

Treatment Approaches

  • Therapies
  • Psycho-social
  • Plans and routines
  • Medication
  • Environmental context
  • Exercises
    • Journaling
    • Meditation
    • Rules
    • Guidelines

Research and Case Studies

General Population Executive Dysfunction

  • Bosses
  • Elected officials
  • Corporations
  • Dealing with people who lack executive function


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PsyD, FPPR (Cand.), DABPS

Jay Carter, PsyD, FPPR (Cand.), DABPS, is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Diplomate Candidate in Psychopharmacology (FPPR cand.), and certified in Psychoactive Substance Abuse Disorders by the American Psychological Association Board of Governors. Dr. Carter has over 20 years of experience working with clientele that include high-risk children, prisoners, and substance abusers. He has testified in local, state, and federal court. Dr. Carter draws his insight from both professional and personal experience. Growing up with a mother who had bipolar disorder equipped Dr. Carter with a wealth of unique insight that has helped him to better understand executive functions and diversity of treatment for others dealing with dysfunction.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jay Carter maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for McGraw-Hill. Dr. Carter receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jay Carter is a member of the American Psychological Association.