Tag: Department of Psychology

Free Parenting Workshop: Strategies to Manage Your Young Child’s Challenging Behaviors

About the Workshop:

This workshop will discuss strategies for how to respond to your child’s challenging behaviors (e.g., tantrums and aggressive behaviors) and use role-playing to demonstrate the effective implementation of discipline techniques with young children. Tips will be provided for promoting positive child behaviors and preventing more severe problem behaviors. 

About the Speakers:

Frances Martínez-Pedraza, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the Early Childhood Behavior Lab at Florida International University.  Her work focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based mental health services in early childhood intervention systems for infants and toddlers at risk of developmental disabilities and improving access to and quality of early behavioral screening and intervention services for young children from socioeconomically disadvantaged and underserved populations.

Juliana Acosta, B.S., M.S. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab at Florida International University. She is broadly interested in the role of family functioning in child development, early parent-child interactions, and the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions for infants and children with and at risk for developmental disabilities.

 

 

 

 

Free Parenting Workshop: Tips for Reducing Anxiety in Children

 

About the workshop:

This workshop will discuss empirically supported tips for parents to reduce children’s symptoms of anxiety. Specifically, the workshop will address commonly used behavioral strategies that parents can use prior to, in the moment of, and following anxiety-provoking experiences for their children. Time for questions, role-plays, and problem-solving real-life examples will be provided.

About the Speaker:

Natalie Hong, B.S. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology Lab at Florida International University. Natalie’s research interests focus on informed decision-making for children who exhibit slower or fewer improvements over the course of an intervention. She is particularly excited about work investigating tailoring interventions (e.g., Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials) to improve efficiency and efficacy of treatments. Additionally, she is interested in examining effective methods for utilizing parents as the agents of change in their children’s treatment.

 

 

 

 

Speaker Series: Critical challenges in treating the most high risk suicidal adolescents: Results from a recently completed RCT

Based on the presentation, participants will earn one free continuing education credit and be able to:

1) Describe the components of an integrated CBT protocol for adolescents with co-occurring disorders.

2) Become familiar with the factors that may affect replication in clinical trials.

3) Describe potential new approaches for improving outcomes for treatment-resistant adolescents with co-occurring disorders.

 

About the speaker:

 

Anthony Spirito, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Spirito has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and his work has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, and NIDA as well as foundations, such as the American Foundation for Suicide Research. Along with colleagues at Brown, he recently completed three treatment development studies to determine if combined approaches, e.g., exercise and CBT, can increase the efficacy of treatment for adolescent depression.  Dr, Spirito and colleagues developed an integrated, intensive CBT protocol for adolescents with substance use disorders, NSSI, depression, and suicidality as well as their parents. He and his colleagues just completed a test of this protocol in a large efficacy trial with a sample of adolescents discharged from inpatient psychiatric care. He also just completed a trial of the same protocol in an Intensive Outpatient Program in a community mental health clinic where mental health counselors were trained in the protocol.

 

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Speaker Series: Self-regulation and academic skills of young children- Disentangling associations and identifying potential points of intervention

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This free Speaker Series talk is presented by Dr. Christopher J. Lonigan, distinguished research professor of psychology and an associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. 

Based on the presentation, participants will earn one free continuing education credit and be able to:

  • Describe the association between components of young children’s self-regulation and their academic skills.
  • Assess evidence concerning the direction of influence between self-regulation and academic skills.
  • Identify possible points of intervention to enhance young children’s academic skills, self-regulation, or both.