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posted May 13, 2016

A resilience-building program for pediatric residents at UCLA was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. The program was based on a new adaptation of the FOCUS model and many members of the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center team assisted with the program planning and implementation.

Read the full article online here!

posted April 4, 2016

A new adaptation of FOCUS will be presented during the poster session at the Society of Pediatric Psychology 2016 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. The poster, authored by Kanchana Wijesekera, Ph.D., Brenda Bursch, Ph.D., and Patricia Lester, M.D., covers the core elements of the FOCUS model when implemented with pediatric patients.

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posted February 25, 2016

In an interview with US News & World report, NFRC Director Dr. Patricia Lester discusses the findings of a recent study on the FOCUS model.

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posted February 22, 2016

Recently graduate students at Texas A&M International University received training in the FOCUS model. Read the full article for more information! 

posted February 19, 2016

The UCLA Pediatric Residency Resilience Training Program, a pilot project funded by UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative and the Department of Pediatrics and developed in collaboration with the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior’s Division of Population Behavioral Health, uses an adaptation of the FOCUS model to help pediatric residents build on their current strengths and learn new skills that support their resilience.

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posted February 16, 2016

On January 17, 2016, the Friends of Semel hosted a screening of the Golden Globe winning and Oscar-nominated animated feature film, "Inside Out." The screening also featured a panel discussion with UCLA NFRC Director of Training, Dr. Catherine Mogil as well as the Oscar-winning director, Pete Docter and esteemed Semel faculty member Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. 

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posted February 16, 2016

Register today for Super Parenting, a new workshop series from the UCLA Family STAR Clinic. This workshop is presented in partnership with the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES). 

Over 10 sessions, parents will learn:

  •  The meaning behind your child’s behavior
  •  Ways to develop consistency in your  parenting routine
  •  Strategies for helping your child manage stress and anxiety

To register, call 310-794-0166.


posted January 6, 2016

This month's Health Tips for Parents newsletter, from Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, features advice from UCLA Family STAR Clinic Psychologist, Dr. Blanca Orellana. The newsletter focuses on child stress and is available online at You can also check out the infographic on children and stress here!... Read more

posted January 5, 2016

A new study released in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry evaluates the long-term effectiveness of FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) for Military children and families. 

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posted September 18, 2015

UCLA NFRC's newest mobile application, FOCUS on Foster Families, was featured on last night's KNBC evening broadcast!

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FOCUS on Foster Families is designed to support foster youth and their caregivers. Through candid video interviews and online tools, FOCUS on Foster Families helps users improve their skills related to communication, emotional regulation, problem solving, and goal... Read more