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Children's Mental Health Research to Practice Series

CYFC partners with the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) to host an Research to Practice training series at the annual Child & Mental Health Conference. This series features University of Minnesota faculty and staff and provides an in-depth review of basic and applied research, best practices, and translation of research to practice and policy. The Research to Practice series offers advanced training for experienced professionals with an opportunity to participate in a full day of learning and interaction with researchers.

Current Series — April 27-29, 2014

Strengthening Families in the Context of Incarceration

Keynote Presentation: "Parent in Prison: Collateral Consequences for Children and Families"

Presented by: Rebecca J. Shlafer, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

Learn about the consequences of mass incarceration on children and families, risk and protective factors, and implications for mental health professionals.

Video (56:18) | Keynote Presentation (694 K PDF)

“Research and Reflections About Incarceration and Families: What Do We Know?”

What do our own stories and the research tell us about how children and families experience incarceration? Hear one man’s story from prison to a successful life, and explore the state of the research, programs with demonstrated effectiveness and developmentally-informed best practices.

Presented by: Jason Marque Sole, ABD, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University and Rebecca J. Shlafer, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

Video (1:45:12) | Workshop Handouts (618 K PDF) | Jason's Book

"Mothers of Bedford: A Film by Jenifer McShane"

"Mothers of Bedford" follows five women incarcerated at New York's only maximum security prison, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. While trying to maintain strong relationships with their children, nurture them, and play central roles in their lives, these women are supported by an innovative children's center that creates a space for positive change in the least likely of settings: prison.

Presented by: Film Director Jenifer McShane

Mothers of Bedford website

"Interactive Discussion about Incarceration: Mothers of Bedford Film Recap and Question/Answer Session"

Meet Barbara "Bobby" Blanchard-Lewis, shown in the Mothers of Bedford film in her role as Director of the Children's Center at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Learn about their revolutionary work to keep mothers connected to their children, and engage in discussion with all three presenters about the importance of sustaining family relationships during incarceration and the challenges this work presents.

Presented by: Barbara "Bobby" Blanchard-Lewis, JD, Senior Research Associate, Center for Children and Families, Columbia University

Video (1:14:08) | Presentation (53 K PDF)

Additional Resources

Children's Book Review — Parental Incarceration (190 K PDF)

Past Trainings

Managing Emotions in Teens | Trauma and Traumatic Stress | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Managing Emotions in Teens: Responding Dysregulation and Challenging Behaviors

This event took place April 30, 2013. Review materials from the workshops below or see the Event Flyer (295 K PDF)

The Neurobiology of Adolescent Mood
Learn how the neurobiological stress regulatory system develops, how development might go awry, and why it is critical to intervene during adolescence. Presented by Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, Ph.D., LP, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry — University of Minnesota
Presentation Notes (4.4 MB PDF) | Video Part 1 (39:50) | Part 2 (42:09)

The Role of Lifestyle in Stress and Coping for Youth: Practical Strategies
Learn how lifestyle can impact both positively and negatively on mental and emotional functioning and how teens can be empowered to play an active role in restoring their own optimal health. Presented by Nimi Singh, M.D., MPH, MA, Assistant Professor and Division Head — Adolescent Health and Medicine, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital
Presentation Notes (1.5 MB PDF) | Video Part 1 (45:52) | Part 2 (43:33)

Teens at Risk: Creating Healthy Relationships that Regulate
Learn how clinicians can apply brain/body research to recognize intervention opportunities with teens that facilitate new learning about managing feelings and distress. Presented by Anne R. Gearity, PhD, LISCSW, Mental Health Practitioner, Private Practice and Community Faculty — University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (11.3 MB PDF) | Video Part 1 (38:23) | Part 2 (36:08)

Bridging Research and Practice in Trauma: Impact on Children, Families and Communities and Effective Interventions

This event took place April 24, 2012. Review materials from the workshops below or see the Event Flyer (169 K PDF)

Trauma Happens: Introduction to the Developmental Impact of Trauma and Strategies for Intervention
Get an overview of the impact of trauma and traumatic stress and explore some intervention ideas for early care and education providers, home visitors, foster parents, early childhood special education workers, and other working with young children and families. Presented by Michele Fallon, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E(IV)®, Field Associate — Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (1.2 MB PDF) | Video

Brain Development and Traumatic Experience
Hear an overview of the research that supports our understanding of children's cognitive development, the effects of trauma and early deprivation on the brain and its development, and implications for interventions and interactions with children. Presented by Kathleen M. Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor — Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (20.9 MB PDF) | Video

Historical Trauma and its Effects on American Indian and African American Children and their Families
Review the history of social policies and analyze the impact this has had on American Indian and African American families, particularly related to health issues. Presented by Evelyn Campbell, MSW, Assistant Professor — Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth.
Presentation Notes (500 K PDF) | Video

Bringing Research to Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Diagnosis and Assessment, Interventions, and Levels of Evidence

This event took place May 3, 2011. Review materials from the workshops below or see the Event Flyer (146 K PDF)

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Diagnosis, Assessment and Best Practices
Examine the complexities of identifying individuals with ASD and best practices, including a review of commonly used assessment tools, levels of training and expertise needed, and culturally sensitive assessment practices. Presented by Robin K. Rumsey, Ph.D., LP, Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor — Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic, University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (3.4 MB PDF) | Video

Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Review common therapies and classify them in terms of levels of scientific evidence. Hear some of the challenges in conducting research on treatment of ASD. Presented by Amy Esler, Ph.D., LP, Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics — Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic, University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (4.3 MB PDF) | Video

Establish Early Communicative Skills: Augmentative Communication Practices with Learners Experiencing ASD
Explore the growing instructional technology for social and communication skill intervention. Presented by Joe Reichle, Ph.D., Professor and Research Director — Leadership and Education Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, and Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (2.11 MB PDF) | Video

Research to Practice: New Approaches to Diagnosis, Assessment and Intervention in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

This event took place April 27, 2010. Review materials from the workshops below or see the Event Flyer (202 K PDF)

FASD: The Real Deal, Imitators, and What Lies Ahead
Learn about risks and trends in prenatal alcohol use, as well as the latest techniques, tools, and guidelines used to clinically diagnose the various types of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Presented by Judith Eckerle Kang, MD, Assistant Professor — Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (8.9 MB PDF)

Can We Heal the Brain in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders?
Get a compelling look at University of Minnesota brain imaging research about brain abnormalities in children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy and explore links between brain development and common cognitive and behavioral difficulties. Includes a glimpse of an emerging study that investigates a nutrient-based treatment aimed at improving brain development in children with FASD. Presented by Jeffrey Wozniak, PhD, LP, Assistant Professor — Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.
Presentation Notes (25.9 MB PDF)

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