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posted April 6, 2018

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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posted April 3, 2018

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

posted March 28, 2018

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

posted March 19, 2018

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

posted March 8, 2018

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.

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posted February 23, 2018

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!


posted February 22, 2018

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

posted February 6, 2018

The updated FOCUS on the Go! and FOCUS on Foster Families mobile apps are available now! Download the apps for fun with new friends that will also help your family communicate, problem solve, and grow even closer! Join Feeling Fox and Buddy Bear as they explore the skills that keep your family strong with engaging games, resources, and videos. Available FREE for mobile phones and tablets on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store!

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posted January 18, 2018

SEEDS Center for Family School Readiness presented “Connected Play,” a hands-on training on the benefits of relationship-based play.  Participants engaged in music play and a small group STEM activity to explore the idea that young children learn how to self-regulate through relationships, and that self-regulation is essential to a successful start in school and throughout life.  SEEDS presented this workshop to UCLA / VA Veteran Family Wellness Center and UCLA TIES for Families teams.  Connected Play is one of several workshops SEEDS offers to support early childhood professionals in... Read more

posted December 6, 2017

In the midst of devastating fires in Los Angeles County and across Southern California, the NFRC has put together some resources to help parents address this complicated issue. These articles provide guidance for speaking to children about fires before, during, and after they occur. Read these articles to find out how to help your kids feel as safe as possible when disaster strikes. Read more