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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!

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