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posted June 30, 2017

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.

posted June 23, 2017

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

posted June 22, 2017

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

posted June 21, 2017

This week, direct service staff from all over Connecticut learned to implement the STRIVE Program in a training sponsored by The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. The training was led by Dr. Lauren Marlotte, UCLA NFRC Associate Director of Training and Dr. Susana Lopez.

Project Strive is a family-centered behavioral intervention designed to reduce youth homelessness and increase family stability. Initially developed at UCLA in 2004, this five-session intervention targets newly homeless youth and their families. The intervention aims to increase positive family interactions... Read more

posted June 20, 2017

Dr. Catherine Mogil, the Director of Training and Intervention Development at the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, recently attended the Supporting the Child to Honor the Family symposium held in Washington, D.C. Clinicians, providers, researchers, and military families attended the first-ever symposium sponsored by the nonprofit Our Military Kids. The symposium included a panel of family members of wounded warriors who spoke about the impact that combat injuries, both physical and invisible, had on their families, and how these injuries changed family relationships.... Read more

posted June 14, 2017

Join us on June 21st for a special STAR Seminar featuring Dr. Michael Strober. Visit for more information.


posted May 31, 2017

The UCLA NFRC is pleased to announce the FOCUS on Foster Families web portal! Building upon the success of the FOCUS on Foster Families mobile app, this new portal provides the right story at the right time for foster youth and caregivers in an easy to use, online format. Users can access videos, PDF resources, and other tools that teach strategies to support resilience, including problem solving, goal setting, emotion regulation, and communication. 

This resource is available FREE at http://nfrc.ucla.... Read more

posted May 26, 2017

UCLA NFRC's Dr.  describes the hidden struggle of homeless veteran families in a recent article published by The Conversation.

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posted May 3, 2017

The UCLA Semel Institute California Behavioral Health Center of Excellence held a conference recently focused on advancing mental health equity in California. Presenters at the conference focused on recent research supporting mental health equity and offered insight into current trends. 

During the conference, UCLA NFRC Director, Dr. Patricia Lester, Pia Escaduero, LCSW, Director of School Mental Health at LAUSD, and Dr. Sheryl Kataoka, Professor in Residence at UCLA presented on their recent work addressing child mental health disparities in schools. 


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