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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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Congratulations ABA Summer Masters Graduates!
All graduates of Summer 2015 are already employed and/or continuing education for a doctoral degree.
CFS's Dr. Rose Iovannone Co-Investigator of Intervention Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences
Dr. Iovannone and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities are among three centers (University of Rochester, Appalachian State University, University of South Florida) selected to develop and pilot their intervention model, Students with Autism Accessing General Education (SAAGE).
November 6, 2015: CARD-USF to Host ASD and Mental Health Conference
The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF is pleased to bring this important conference on autism spectrum disorder and mental health to professionals and families. View flyer.
HIPPY's Early Childhood Education Pilot Program a Success in Nigeria, West Africa!
During June 2015, the Florida HIPPY state office participated in a three-week pilot project in Nigeria, West Africa with students from the University of Tampa who adapted the HIPPY Age Three Curriculum into an innovative model using current technology, cell phones and text messaging.
Research Assistant Professor Norín Dollard Profiled on WUSF
As Co-director of Florida KIDS COUNT, she commented on the newly released national KIDS COUNT Data Book, which revealed that while Florida ranked 37th in overall child well-being, the state showed improvement in measures of health over a five-year period from 2008 to 2013.
Florida’s Families Continue to Struggle Economically, as Evidenced by The National Ranking of 45 in Economic Well-Being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT® Data Book just released shows that while Florida is experiencing positive growth in economic trends, the number of children living in poverty continues to rise. The total number of children living in these families is 969,000 or nearly one in every four. The report also goes on to show that a third of Florida’s children are living with parents who lack secure employment.
The Center for Child Welfare Expands its Quality Parenting Training to Fourth State
The Center for Child Welfare in the Department of Child and Family Studies became a partner with the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) in Florida in 2010, and its Just In Time foster parent training program was funded through the Center’s contract with the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF). Since that time, the QPI has expanded outside the state of Florida to California and Nevada, and has recently contracted with Ohio as a fourth state seeking additional support for foster parents.

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CARD-USF's ASD & Mental Health Conference

Research shows the prevalence of mental health issues within the population of people diagnosed with ASD ranges upward toward 70%. CARD's goal is to offer attendees practical information to help support others in need. Our presenters will offer topics of great interest such as current information in the field today, strategies to work with young children with challenging behavior, interventions for anxiety, counseling, and managing depression. We hope you will join us for this great learning opportunity! View flyer.

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