Training and Consultation
Clinical Training Workshops
Clinical training workshops are designed to help mental health clinicians looking to enhance their skill set in a particular area within child and adolescent psychology. These training workshops provide an overview of research supporting a particular intervention, the principles of treatment, an outline of the specific clinical techniques, and some useful “tips from the trenches.” These workshops are carefully designed to meet the needs of the staff at a particular school or organization and include a combination of didactic, engaging discussion, case examples, and break-out activities. Some topics include cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety, Tourette syndrome, or school refusal; dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents; behavioral parent training; and social skills training. Training workshops are appropriate for psychologists, social workers, school counselors and child study team staff, as well as grand rounds in psychiatry, neurology, and family medicine.
Cognitive-behavioral consultation is a unique form of providing hands-on and personalized support to a school or agency. Individually determined for each particular setting, consultation can take many forms. Examples include, observing students and staff and providing concrete suggestions and training, attending team meetings to provide guidance about appropriate services for particular students, providing live coaching to teachers and staff to address classroom-based behavioral concerns, providing clinical consultation for challenging students, developing class-wide behavior plans and social emotional skills programming, establishing school-wide token economies (i.e., point systems), and leading round table discussions and training for specific staff members. Consultation services may be provided on an ongoing basis (e.g., weekly or monthly) or for a short period of time to help address a particular need. The scope of clinical consultations, including the frequency and duration, is determined in collaboration with organizational leadership.