Understanding and Managing Adult ADHD Programme (UMAAP)



UMMAP 2023 waiting list is open until 1st of December.

  • Waiting list for 2024 HERE to register


  • The Understanding and Managing Adult ADHD Programme (UMAAP) is a 6-week workshop series, combining psychoeducation on adult ADHD with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • UMAAP has been developed to address the lack of services available for adults with ADHD in Ireland and as an early intervention within a stepped-care model.
  • The programme will be run by ADHD Ireland and is a collaboration between ADHD Ireland, University College Dublin’s (UCD) School of Psychology and the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) National Clinical Programme for ADHD in Adults.

UMAAP is targeted at adults with ADHD who are early in their ADHD journeys; attendees may self-identify as having ADHD and be awaiting diagnosis, have a formal diagnosis and are in the early stages of learning about ADHD or adults who may be looking for new strategies or coping skills. UMAAP is open to all and does not require a referral. It is structured as a webinar with guided self-help, in which the attendees complete workbook exercises as they follow along with the content and engage with each other through breakout rooms.

UMAAP is a novel programme integrating psychoeducation with ACT to cultivate knowledge of ADHD, self-acceptance and self-compassion, and psychological flexibility in attendees, with the aim of improving their quality of lives. Across the 6 weeks, attendees will learn about neurodivergent brains, executive functioning, inattention and impulsivity, self-care and daily living, emotional regulation and self-acceptance. They will also be introduced to ACT concepts of values, acceptance, connecting to the present moment, committed action and defusion.

For any enquiries about UMAAP, please email: [email protected]


A qualitative evaluation of online psychoeducation with acceptance and commitment therapy for adults with ADHD / September 2023

The UCD School of Psychology has evaluated the Understanding and Managing Adult ADHD Programme (UMAAP). This has involved:

  • Inviting UMAAP attendees to participate in a survey before UMAAP, immediately after, and three-months later.
  • UMAAP attendees wrote responses about their experiences as part of this project.
  • Analysis of these responses showed UMAAP offered a range of new concepts that helped ADHDers find different ways of managing their ADHD and responding to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

Additionally, ADHDers observed that the sense of community and neurodiversity-affirmative approach associated with UMAAP helped to promote their self-acceptance and self-compassion. There were also suggestions for improvement, such as reducing the level of content and increasing interaction with other attendees, that the UMAAP team are using to make changes to the programme to improve accessibility.

Click HERE to access the complete UMAAP research findings 




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