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Summer Childhood Psychopathology Institute

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Childhood Psychopathology Institute


Program Details:

July 20- 22, 2016 - Live 3-day Institute - PSY 390 (81669)

July 20- August 19, 2016 - Online version* - PSY 390 (83708)

*Live lectures will be captured and made available for distance students to view for a 4-week period. The academic requirements are the same as for the Live Institute. Also available for non-credit/CEUs.

The Childhood Psychopathology Institute will be held at the Abromson Center on USM's Portland Campus. The Institutes are led by USM Psychology Professor William Gayton, Ph.D. who, over the past 25+ years, has been instrumental in the creation, promotion, and execution of these intense and fascinating educational programs.

The Institutes consist of three-day intensive classes (Wednesday-Friday) for college students seeking academic credit or for community professionals seeking certification and professional development opportunities. The Institutes offer CEU's for teachers requiring recertification, as well as for participants seeking Board of Psychology or Social Work CEU's.

The educational focus of these unique programs is to bring together a tremendous team of academic experts to facilitate a discussion of theory and practice. The Institutes are intended to appeal to students across all disciplines as well as mental health practitioners, health care professionals, physicians, physical therapists, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, human service workers, coaches, athletic directors, and athletes.

Open to all majors, no prerequisites.

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Wednesday, July 20

  • Registration and Check-in: 8:00-9:00am
  • Morning Session: 9:30am-12:00pm
    • Empirically Supported Parenting Interventions for Child Problems: Helping The Noncompliant Child
    • Rex Forehand, Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • Lunch, Woodbury Campus Center: 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm-3:30pm   

Thursday, July 21

  • Morning Session: 9:30am-12:00pm
    • Prevention of Conduct Disorder in School-aged Children: The Fast Track Project
    • Robert McMahon, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University & the Child & Family Research Institute
  • Lunch, Woodbury Campus Center: 12:00pm-1:00pm  
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-3:30pm
    • Current Perspective on the Course and Treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Paul Frick, Ph.D., University of New Orleans

Friday, July 22

  • Lunch, Woodbury Campus Center: 12:00pm-1:00pm  

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  • Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D.
    Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Albano is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Beck Institute Scholar, and is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. In 2008, Dr. Albano received the Rosenberry Award for service to children, adolescents and families from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Albano is Past President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association and also past-president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is past editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and currently is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She has published more than 90 articles and chapters and is the co-author of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals and of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children, all published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Albano served as a Principal Investigator of a 6-site, National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored study entitled "Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study" (CAMS) and also was a PI for the Treatments for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS). Both trials examined the relative efficacy of CBT, medication, combination treatment, and pill placebo in youth. Her book with Leslie Pepper, Helping Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life, was the 2014 Self-Help Book Award winner from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and received a 2014 Seal of Merit from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
  • Rex Forehand, Ph.D.
    Rex Forehand, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor and Ansbacher Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont.  His primary areas of research and clinical interests are (1) family stress (parental depression, marital conflict, and divorce) and child psychosocial adjustment and (2) family-based prevention and intervention programs for child behavior problems.  He has published some 400 articles and chapters and is the co-author of Helping the Noncompliant Child (with Robert J. McMahon, Ph.D.), Parenting the Strong-Willed Child (with Nicholas Long, Ph.D.), and Making Divorce Easier on Your Child (with Nicholas Long, Ph.D.).  He has served on numerous editorial boards of professional journals and recently has received awards from the American Psychological Association for training and education of students and for career contributions to clinical child and adolescent psychology.

  • Paul Frick, Ph.D.
    Paul Frick, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans.  Dr. Frick has published over 160 manuscripts in either edited books or peer-reviewed publications and he is the author of 6 additional books and test manuals.  A continuing line of research focuses on understanding the different pathways through which youth develop severe antisocial behavior and aggression and the implications of this research for assessment and treatment.  His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation.  Dr. Frick is a member of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-V Workgroup for ADHD and the Disruptive Behavior Disorders.  Dr. Frick was the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the official journal of Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, from 2007-2011.  He was president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy from 2009-2011.
  • Robert McMahon, Ph.D.
    Robert McMahon, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, where he is the B.C. (British Columbia) Leadership Chair in Proactive Approaches to Reducing Risk for Violence Among Children and Youth.  He is also a Scientist Level 3 in the Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health cluster of the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at B.C. Children's Hospital.  Prior to joining SFU and CFRI, he spent 23 years in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, much of that time as the director of the Child Clinical Psychology Program.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia in 1979. McMahon's primary research and clinical interests concern the assessment, treatment, and prevention of conduct problems in children, especially in the context of the family.  He is author, with Rex Forehand, of Helping the Noncompliant Child: Family-Based Treatment for Oppositional Behavior (Guilford Press, 1981, 2003) and of more than 175 scientific articles, chapters, and reviews.  McMahon is a principal investigator on the Fast Track project, which is a large, multisite collaborative study on the prevention of antisocial behavior in school-aged children that has been funded for more than 20 years.  He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Prevention Science, and is on the editorial boards of five other journals.  He has also been a member of the Planning Committee for the Banff International Conference on Behavioral Science since 1981.
  • John Piacentini, Ph.D.
    John Piacentini, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist and Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He is also Director of the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program where his work focuses primarily on the development and testing of effective treatments for these problems. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and multiple other public and private organizations. Dr. Piacentini is currently President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Sciences Consortium and a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, International OCD Foundation. He is an active speaker providing lectures and workshops across the country and around the world.
  • Sandra Azar, Ph.D.
    Bio coming soon!

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Registration, Tuition & Fees:

Registration begins March 3, 2016

  • For Academic Credit: Students may self-register in either the 3-credit online section of the course or the 3-credit in person section of the course via MaineStreet or by calling (207) 780-5230. 
  • In-state: $759*
  • Out-of-state: $1,995*

*Plus mandatory university fees

Please note: A special course fee for the Institute will also be assessed.  The fee differs for the on-campus and online versions.  This fee helps offset the cost of food, materials, course capture/web hosting, and the multiple guest presenters.

  • For Non-credit/Continuing Education Credits: Students may self-register at either of the below links.
  • Prices include basic registration, some course materials, continental breakfasts, beverage breaks and lunch Wednesday through Friday. Catered lunches will be served from Noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Abromson Center. Vegetarian lunch options will be readily available at all times. If you have special dietary needs, please inform us in advance and accommodations can be made for your particular needs.

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Academic Credit:

Students seeking three (3) undergraduate academic credits will be expected to:

  • Attend all sessions of the three-day institute (attendance is taken by staff each "live" day for on-campus participants; streamed presentation viewing is monitored for online participants)
  • Acquire and read the assigned textbook of the particular Institute
  • Write a reaction paper to both the required textbook and all institute speakers
  • Complete an open book, take-home essay exam, which will be given out the last day of the institute

The textbook will be available at the USM bookstore located on the Portland campus two weeks prior to the start of the institute. The textbook does not need to be purchased prior to the institute.

Institutes can be repeated for credit each year, as the content varies each summer they are offered. Students may also take more than one Institute per summer.

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Continuing Education Units:

Continuing Education Units for the Psychology Institutes are available for a wide range of professionals. If you are interested in CEUs, you must register as a noncredit participant and follow the guidelines below.

  • Psychologists:  Approved for category 1 CEUs. For a full institute, you will be awarded 15 contact hours.  For verification purposes, attendance is taken daily at the institute.

  • Teachers: Approved by the Maine Department of Education/Professional Development Center.  For a full institute, you will be awarded 15 contact hours.  You must attend all sessions of the institute and fill out the CEU form you receive on the first day.  Develop a 1-2 page reaction paper (professional growth statement) detailing how the information gained is pertinent to your career and return it with the CEU form to the Summer Session Office for processing.

  • Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, etc.:  CEUs do not require pre-approval, but you must determine that the material covered is relevant to your work in order for the CEUs to be accepted for your relicensure. For a full institute, you will be awarded 15 contact hours.  For verification purposes, attendance is taken daily at the institute.

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