This weekend, the NFRC’s Strategies for Enhancing Early Developmental Success (SEEDS) team attended the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Resource Fair & Family Day. SEEDS staff had fun helping families create clay sculptures using nature items including flowers, leaves, and sticks! The team also provided psychoeducation and coaching to help parents use playtime to build their child’s executive function skills. Executive function abilities help children succeed in school, follow directions, and navigate everyday life and include skills like planning, organizing, and... Read more
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The NFRC’s Director of Training and Development, Dr. Catherine Mogil, assisted Live Happy magazine write an article entitled “Grounded.” The article discusses real-world strategies for staying calm and rooted during stressful and difficult times—or just during daily life. Tips include reaching out to others, carving out your turf, and rationing your news. For more guidance and information on feeling grounded, find the article on newsstands now!
The UCLA NFRC is excited to announce our upcoming Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Seminars, presented by the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health. Visit nfrc.ucla.edu/star-seminar for more information!
Take the new, FREE FOCUS Web Course! The engaging and informative one-hour course is the first step to training in the FOCUS model and is available to everyone. The web course features FOCUS developers William Saltzman, PhD and the NFRC’s Director of Training and Intervention Development, Catherine Mogil, PsyD. Over 9 interactive modules, the course introduces users to the FOCUS Core elements and how they help families improve their resilience. To access the FOCUS Web Course, visit https://nfrc.ucla.edu/focus-web-course!
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The NFRC’s Training Institute is offering a FOCUS for Families training! On August 22-23, a FOCUS Master Trainer will teach attendees the FOCUS model. Attendees will learn how to implement FOCUS with families. Families who participate in FOCUS build on their current strengths and learn new skills that build resilience and help them support one another through conflict and stress.
By the end of the training, attendees will be able to implement the core elements of the FOCUS model, including providing trauma-informed education and developmental guidance to families. The interactive... Read more
The NFRC’s Dr. Roya Ijadi Maghsoodi, Dr. Lauren Marlotte, Dr. Patricia Lester, and Dr. Hilary Aralis, along with other UCLA researchers, collaborated on a new journal article published in Contemporary School Psychology. The article, entitled “Adapting and Implementing a School-Based Resilience-Building Curriculum Among Low-Income Racial and Ethnic Minority Students," discusses the adaption of the FOCUS Skill Building Groups curriculum for use in an economically underprivileged school setting with minority students. The researchers report promising results. Read the abstract below... Read more
The STAR Clinic is offering a new Super Parenting group designed for parents with at least one school-aged child (ages 5-12) who is experiencing stress, anxiety, or worry. The engaging 10 session program will help parents build upon existing skills to help their children manage stress and reach their full potential! Parents will also gain insight into their children’s behaviors and learn how to build consistency into their parenting routine. The Super Parenting group will begin in the fall of 2017. Space is limited, so call (310) 825-7573 to register today!
The NFRC’s STAR clinic is now offering a new STAR Family Group for children ages 7-11 years old who have experienced or witnessed a stressful event and their parent(s)/caregiver(s)! During 12 sessions, group participants will identify and build on family strengths to bolster stress management skills, increase positive family interactions, and support healthy development. Together, parents and children will add more skills to the family toolbox. For more information on the STAR Family group, call (310) 825-7573.
News Medical recently featured the NFRC’s Tom Babayan, LMFT, in an article about parents with PTSD. The article emphasizes how important it is for parents to speak to their children, in a developmentally appropriate way, about the effect that PTSD has on their behavior. Conversations explaining why mom or dad sometimes acts the way that they do will lower the probability that children will blame themselves for any PTSD-related behavior they may see. While you don’t need to share specifics about the source of the trauma itself, make sure to let children know that it is not their fault. Tom... Read more
NFRC Director of Training and Intervention Development, Dr. Catherine Mogil, will be presenting in an upcoming webinar titled From Diapers to Diplomas: Exploring Resilience in Military Children. This 90-minute Military Families Learning Network webinar is on Thursday, July 13 at 8:00 am PDT. Dr. Mogil will teach webinar attendees best practices for addressing the challenges military and veteran families face and emphasize the effectiveness of family-based interventions. Webinar attendees are eligible for 1.5 CEU credits through the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social... Read more