Presented by Erika E. Forbes, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science – University of Pittsburgh

Depression involves not only increased negative affect but also reduced and poorly regulated positive affect. Only recently have studies addressed altered positive affect in depression and its mechanisms in the brain’s frontostriatal reward circuitry. Adolescence is an optimal time to investigate the development and course of depression, as it is a time of vulnerability in which depression is emerging and neural, behavioral and phenomenological aspects of reward function are undergoing change.

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Anxiety

Parenting Group: Mindfulness During Back-to-School Season

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Child Mind Institute’s new parent program is designed to support parents as you prepare to send your children back to school virtually or in person this fall. The program will be led by Lily Hall, PhD, child and adolescent psychologist and Hatha Yoga Certified Instructor. It will provide parents with actionable strategies on to how to:

  • Rebuild routines and structure
  • Set limits effectively
  • Build and maintain positive parent-child dynamics
  • Increase children’s communication, self-esteem and compliance through mindfulness

The signup deadline is August 10, 2020.

Each weekly session will also include a guided meditation with positive affirmations to ease anxiety and promote parent motivation.

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Child Mind Institute Events

College Success Program

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Monday, August 10, 2020

10:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Child Mind Institute

We offer coaching and support to adolescents and young adults who are either about to go to college for the first time or had some difficulty during an initial college experience. The program includes:

  • One full-day workshop for students
  • One 2-hour parent workshop
  • Ongoing weekly coaching sessions throughout the semester

The goal of the College Success Program is to help students organize their time, manage their workload, make effective decisions and solve problems as they arise. Students participating in this program will benefit from lessons and support from trained executive functioning coaches who are passionate about helping their students.

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College Readiness Program

Monday, August 3, 2020

11:30 am – 3:00 pm EST

Zoom platform

The College Readiness Program, offered through the Mood Disorders Center, is for students who are entering or enrolled in college and need help managing new social and emotional challenges. Strengthening emotion regulation and problem-solving skills can help students handle stress and make effective decisions for a positive college experience.

Date: Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7
Time: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm EDT / 8:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT

This program is appropriate for those who need support:

  • Managing the stressors and emotions that emerge during college
  • Managing interpersonal relationships
  • Completing assignments
  • Developing effective time management skills
  • Managing distractions such as screen time and substance use
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Selective Mutism

Brave Buddies Virtual 5-Day Program

Monday, August 3, 2020

9:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

BraveBuddies℠ is an intensive group behavioral treatment program designed to help children ages 3 to 12 with selective mutism (SM) speak in school and other public places. We create a classroom-like setting that offers children a safe environment to practice verbal participation, or what we call “brave talking.”

Virtual Program runs: 5-day program in August 2020: Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7
Parent training is a crucial part of Brave Buddies and runs from 9:30 to 11:00am daily.

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The Child Mind Institute’s Parents of Anxious Children and Teens (PACT) online webinar series provides families and caretakers with evidence-based, practical strategies for supporting children and teens struggling with anxiety. This series will provide parents with information on anxiety as well as specific tools and strategies to help their children face their fears and manage anxiety symptoms.

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Webinars

Coping With Screens: What Parents Need to Know About Technology & Mental Health

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST

Virtual Workshop

Why is technology so attractive for children and adolescents? What are some antidotes to technology overuse? How do I recognize if my child has a technology addiction? If my child is addicted to screens, how can I help?

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Managing Disruptive Behavior

Summer Program

Monday, July 6, 2020

9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

The Churchill School and Center

The Child Mind Institute Summer Program is a four-week summer treatment program for children ages 5 through 10 who have ADHD or who need help with behavioral, learning and social issues. Children participating in the program will benefit from a higher level of support and expertise from their counselors as they work on goals including:

  • Developing and maintaining positive peer relationships
  • Improving emotional awareness and regulation
  • Maintaining academic progress
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Selective Mutism

Brave Buddies One-Day Virtual Session

Friday, June 12, 2020

Child Mind Institute

Brave Buddies℠ is an intensive group behavioral treatment program designed to help children ages 3 to 12 with selective mutism (SM) speak in school and other public places. We create a classroom-like setting that offers children a safe environment to practice verbal participation, or what we call “brave talking.”

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The Child Mind Institute’s Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training (BEST) provides families and caretakers with evidence-based, practical strategies for effective behavior management. Families will be able to learn behavioral management skills and how to apply them consistently and effectively. Skills include using positive behavioral supports, developing individualized behavior plans and delivering appropriate consequences for misbehavior.

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