Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support
As one of few in the nation, the USF Positive Behavior Support Certificate Program (PBS) is designed for educators, school or mental health administrators, school psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and behavioral health staff who want to specialize in an evidence-based approach to resolving challenging behavior and supporting the prosocial behavior of children and youth within schools and early education settings. Participants are required to complete 9 credit hours from the list of core courses and one elective, for a total of 12 credit hours. As trainees, students in the certificate program also gain access to local resources available through FCIC and national resources available through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). More information
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- Free Training For Early Childhood Programs and Providers
- CFS Faculty Drs. Lise Fox and Christopher Vatland are presenters of the training, Partnering with Families to Promote their Child’s Social and Emotional Development, which will be held at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County June 12 at 1:00 pm.
- FCIC Student Trainee Program Benefits Those Interested in Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood Education and Special Education
- Samantha Spillman, a recent trainee and Fall 2014 graduate of the ABA master’s program and the PBS Graduate Certificate, benefitted from the program in numerous ways.
- RMHC Welcomes Sarah Balmer as New Academic Services Administrator
- Sarah will oversee the general administration of the master’s and graduate certificate programs in RMHC, which recently merged with the Department of Child & Family Studies.
- Tampa Tribune Chooses Message from CFS Department Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez as Letter of the Day
- The May 13, 2015 letter promotes the importance of prevention and addressing mental health issues before they reach "stage four."
- Dr. Ray Miltenberger Listed among Noteworthy Research Contributors to the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis
- USF and USF Professor Ray Miltenberger were highlighted in a recent report published in the Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP) journal, which evaluated research productivity of several graduate programs that provide Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved course sequences in behavior analysis.
- Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Merges with Department of Child & Family Studies
- With the ultimate goal of making a strong and vibrant team that will serve the needs of our students, faculty, staff, community and professions, the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) has become a program in the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS).
- Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Program Gains New Director
- Dr. Chih-Chin Chou comes to the University of South Florida from the University of Arizona where she is a tenured Associate Professor and Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator in the Department of Disability and Psycho-educational Studies.
Conferences & Special Events
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
CFS joins the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in raising awareness about the unique needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental health or mental health and substance use challenges and their families. For more information, visit SAMHSA's 2015 Mental Health Awareness Month website.