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posted November 13, 2017

The NFRC’s Lauren Marlotte, PsyD attended the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting and exposition November 4-8 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, the theme of the meeting was "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health." Contributing to this year’s message and mission, Dr. Marlotte facilitated a workshop entitled “Evidence-based Youth Programs to Improve Health Outcomes” and gave a presentation to meeting attendees. Lauren’s talk, “Resilience 101: Creating an evidence-based college program to promote resilience and mental health,” discussed the development and... Read more

posted November 2, 2017

The NFRC’s Family Development Program is featured in a chapter of the Handbook of Attachment-Based Interventions, a book for providers about evidence-based interventions that promote attachment security and a valuable tool for early childhood practitioners. The NFRC’s Director of Training and Development, Dr. Catherine Mogil, and the NFRC’s Clinical Training Coordinator, Victoria Ponce, are listed as co-authors. Check out the attached flier for a 20% coupon code!

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posted October 3, 2017

SEEDS’s Dr. Blair Paley, Jolie Delja, and Clare Gorospe gave an interactive presentation at the 2017 Children’s Institute Trauma-Informed Care Conference on Friday, September 29. Their presentation focused on providing psychoeducation on executive function and empowering clinicians with the skills to help children build executive function through play. The SEEDS team facilitated and coached an interactive play activity, nature clay sculptures, to give conference attendees a real-world play example they can use in their own clinical work.

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posted September 11, 2017

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

posted September 6, 2017

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!

posted August 29, 2017

The UCLA NFRC is excited to announce our upcoming Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Seminars, presented by the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health. Visit for more information!

posted July 26, 2017

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!

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posted July 19, 2017

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

posted July 5, 2017

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

posted July 3, 2017

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!