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2018 Summer Childhood Psychopathology Institute



Program Details:

June 20 - 22, 2018 - Live 3-day Institute - PSY 390 (1319)

June 25 - August 24, 2018 - Online version* - PSY 390 (4340)

*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 on USM's Portland Campus. The Institutes were led by USM Psychology Professor William Gayton, Ph.D. who, over the past 25+ years, was instrumental in the creation, promotion, and execution of these intense and fascinating educational programs. This year, the Institute will continue under new academic leadership. 

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, June 20

  • Registration and Check-in: 8:45-9:00am
  • Morning Session: 9:30am-12:00pm
    • Understanding Physical Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Sandra Azar, Ph.D., Penn State University
  • Lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-3:30pm   
    • Understanding OCD Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents
    • John Piacentini, Ph.D, University of California Los Angeles

Thursday, June 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: 12:00pm-1:00pm  
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-3:30pm
    • Current Perspectives on Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Paul Frick, Ph.D., University of New Orleans

Friday, June 22

  • Morning Session: 9:30am-12:00pm
    • Empirically Supported Parenting Interventions for Childhood Problems
    • Rex Forehand, Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • Lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm  
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-3:30pm
    • Anxiety in Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood
    • Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., Columbia University/NY State Psychiatric Institute

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  • Sandra Azar, Ph.D.

    Sandra T. Azar, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (l984). She has published extensively on the topic of child maltreatment and parenting risk with a focus on theory, assessment, treatment, and legal issues.  Her research has included a comparative treatment outcome work, etiological model testing, and measure development.  She has had federal grants in Canada and the US examining the origins of child maltreatment and parenting risk.  In the last five years, she has conducted two NICHD funded research studies on the cognitive components of parenting risk and child neglect. The first of these tested a social cognitive and neurocognitive model of parenting risk and included assessment of contextual factors including parents’ neighborhood using a new method called activity space.  In the current study, she is studying this same model of neglect and exploring  parental sleep patterns as an antecedent of neglect. Dr. Azar has served on the advisory boards of a number of national surveys and federal grant review panels, including an Evaluation of Nine Comprehensive Community Based Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs and a Study of High Risk Groups, that examined unmet service needs in child abuse and neglect. She also was a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School.  In conjunction with this experience, she has written a series of papers on assessing parenting competence for legal purposes including for termination of parental rights cases with special attention to limitations in doing so for diverse and special needs parents. She has served on an advisory panel for developing a national prevention agenda for Prevent Child Abuse America and the Centers for Disease Control.  At PSU, she is a member of a Families At Risk Research Initiative of the Penn State University’s Child Study Center.

  • 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.

  • Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D.
    Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., has devoted her career in clinical psychology to the study and treatment of anxiety disorders in youth. As Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and Clinical Site Director of New York Presbyterian’s Youth Anxiety Center, Dr. Albano oversees a large team of mental health professionals who conduct clinical research and provide services to children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety and mood disorders.  As a researcher, Dr. Albano served as a Principal Investigator of the “Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study” (CAMS) and the Treatments for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS).  These trials examined the relative efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), medication, combination treatment, and pill placebo in youth. She is the inaugural editor of the journal “Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health” and has published more than 100 articles and chapters and is the co-author of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals and The Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children and Parents.  Her award-winning book with Leslie Pepper is entitled You and Your Anxious Child:  Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life

  • Robert McMahon, Ph.D.
    Robert McMahon, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia), and the LEEF B.C. Leadership Chair in Proactive Approaches to Reducing Risk for Violence among Children and Youth.  To carry out the work of the Chair, Dr. McMahon directs the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence.  He is also a senior scientist at the B.C. Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Vancouver.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia.  Dr. McMahon’s primary research and clinical interests concern the assessment, treatment, and prevention of conduct problems and other problem behavior in children and youth, especially in the context of the family.  He 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 began in 1990 and continues today.  It is the largest prevention trial of its type ever funded by the U.S. Federal government.  In addition to his role on the Fast Track project as a principal investigator, one of Dr. McMahon’s responsibilities was the development and implementation of the family-based components of the Fast Track intervention.  Dr. McMahon is co-author (with Rex Forehand) of Helping the Noncompliant Child: Family-Based Treatment for Oppositional Behavior (Guilford Press, 1981, 2003), co-editor of 10 books, and author of more than 225 scientific articles, chapters, and reviews.  He was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Prevention Science from 2007-2013, and is on the editorial boards of four additional journals. 

  • Paul J. Frick, Ph.D

    Paul J. Frick, Ph.D is the Roy Crumpler Memorial Chair in the Department of Psychology at the Louisiana State University and professor in Learning Science Institute of Australia at Australian Catholic University. Dr. Frick has published over 245 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 serious antisocial behavior and aggression and the implications of this research for assessment, treatment, and public policy. 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 as a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V Workgroup for ADHD and the Disruptive Behavior Disorders (2007-2012). He is currently the editor of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the official journal of the International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Registration, Tuition & Fees:

Registration begins March 1st, 2018

  • 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: $786.00*
  • Out-of-state: $2,067.00*

*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 Continuing Education Units:
    • Students may self-register for non-credit/continuing education credits at this link.
    • Please note that you will be asked to set up an account to register. Click here for instructions on setting up an account. 
    • Students must attend the institute on-campus for the three full days in order to obtain these credits. 
    • Price 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 Woodbury Campus 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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