The National Home Visiting Resource Center recognizes UCLA’S Families OverComing Under Stress for Early Childhood (FOCUS-EC) as part of their March 2019 Overview of Innovative Programs. FOCUS-EC supports military families with a child aged 3-5. The program addresses gaps in preventive treatment services for military families and allows clinicians to reach more families by providing services virtually using a secure, web-based platform. Read the brief here: https://www.nhvrc.org/wp-content/uploads/NHVRC-Brief-... Read more
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NFRC team members had a wonderful time lending support for the FOCUS Day of Dialogue. The event brought together LAUSD school social workers and the UCLA school-based prevention team to discuss FOCUS implementation in school settings. Specifically, LAUSD social workers provided feedback on the FOCUS Resilience Curriculum and Skill Building Groups for Parents and Division staff filmed interviews. The NFRC was happy to support the day of dialogue with the other partners, including the UCLA Semel Institute Center for Health Services and Society, the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience... Read more
The NFRC’s Dr. Catherine Mogil, Jolie Delja, and Clare Gorospe attended the 2018 Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank in Beverly Hills, California on May 2, 2018. The NFRC team learned about the latest research in the realm of family and child wellness, with a special emphasis on early childhood and whole child development. The think tank also featured 9 speakers from across the nation who are experts in the field of child wellbeing, including Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
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The NFRC team participated in an all-day Trauma-Informed Yoga STAR Seminar training on Wednesday, 3/21 presented by Zahabiyah Yamasaki, M.Ed., RYT, Jody Barnes, LCSW, RYT, and Linda Crossley, MBA, MA, LMFT, RYT. We learned how to incorporate the healing teachings of yoga including breathwork, meditation, and postures into therapy and clinical work, especially with survivors of stressful or traumatic events. Thank you to the training presenters for helping the NFRC improve and enhance our clinical skills!
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We are so proud of NFRC and Division of Population Behavioral Health Program Manager Allison Clement, MPH, for her advocacy for the LGBTQ community, her dedication to reducing health disparities, and her contributions to the UCLA Health LGBTQ Health Initiative! Her work was highlighted by UCLA Health on March 31st, the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Allison says, ““If you look at the numbers, the health disparities are really appalling, particularly for transgender communities. We’re really trying to close that gap so everyone is getting access to the care they need.” Thank... Read more
NFRC Trainer Mary Fortson-Harwell, LCSW, PhD presented during the Parents and Caregivers for Wellness Training, “Caregiver Resiliency: Reducing Stress & Building Resilience for Parents & Providers,” sponsored by the NFRC and the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health. The free, two day Parents and Caregivers for Wellness training in La Verne, California brought together over 200 parents, advocates, clinicians, and caregivers and discussed how to best meet young people’s needs while supporting the mental health of caregivers and providers. Visit... Read more
Dr. Patricia Lester, Director of the NFRC and the Division of Population Behavioral Health, will serve on the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families leadership team. The new Pritzker Center will focus on research, prevention, and intervention to empower foster caregivers and adoptive families with the skills and resources they need to create strong family dynamics. The center will also work to keep children from entering the welfare system and provide support and educational opportunities for those young people navigating the system. The center’s research will examine the... Read more
The NFRC’s Mary Fortson-Harwell PhD, LCSW and the UCLA / VA Veteran Family Wellness Center’s Angel Barrios, AMFT gave a presentation at Homes4Families on Friday, March 2 about the specific and unique needs of military and veteran families. The presentation discussed resilience and protective factors in this community, as well as how military values interact with family life and resources for military and veteran families.
For more information about Homes4Families, visit http://www.homes4families.org/.
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NFRC Post Doctoral Scholar and Clinical Instructor Ruth Ellingsen, PhD gave a UCLA Tarjan Center lecture entitled “Resilient Parenting of Children at Developmental Risk” on Wednesday, February 21 at the 300 Medical Plaza. Dr. Ellingsen discussed the promotion of positive parenting skills, including risk factors and protective factors in the face of developmental vulnerability. Thank you to all who attended and learned more about resilient parenting!
The NFRC’s Director of Training and Intervention Development and Director of the Family Development Project, Catherine Mogil, PsyD, attended the Sesame Street for Military Families Advisory Meeting focused on military caregivers. Dr. Mogil discussed how to improve services for service members and their families and offered her expertise in child and family traumatic stress, military families, and resilience skills. Dr. Mogil has a great deal of experience with military families, including serving as a consultant for the National Military Family Association Operation Purple Family Retreats... Read more