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USF's Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Practicum Fair A Great Success!
Friday, March 3, 2017 Many thanks to each of the practicum sites who attended the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Field Placement Fair February 22. What a great turnout!
Tampa Interbay Rotary Club Provides Scholarship Fund through Annual Cycling for Autism Event
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Since 2010, the Tampa Interbay Rotary Club Cycling for Autism Fundraising event has raised over $165,000 to support programs in the Tampa Bay community focused on helping individuals with autism and their families. They have supported CARD-USF’s many efforts in the community, as well as a scholarship fund for students in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at USF.
CFS Faculty In the News
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Recent faculty in the news include: Dr. Karen Berkman on safety bracelets for individuals with autism, Dr. Mario Hernandez on cultural competence in children's mental health, and Dr. Norin Dollard on the new release of the 2016 KIDS COUNT County Data Book.
USF's ABA Master's Program Receives Reaccreditation by the Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board
Thursday, February 16, 2017 The Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board (BAAB) is the governance body responsible for the accreditation of training programs in behavior analysis at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The BAAB operates as a board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and carries out its responsibilities in a manner consistent with the ABAI bylaws and articles of incorporation.
Council on Rehabilitation Education Board Extends Accreditation Period of USF's RMHC Program to 2024
Thursday, February 16, 2017 The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling  Program at USF is dual accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), which prepares RMHC students to become licensed mental health counselors and certified rehabilitation counselors.
Drs. Tammy Jorgensen Smith and Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Receive Funding to Improve Employment Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Monday, February 13, 2017 Given early evidence regarding the promise of customized interventions by community-based Vocational Rehabilitation service practitioners, the ACCESS intervention has the potential to yield far-reaching benefits.
March 25: 8th ANNUAL CYCLING FOR AUTISM Fundraiser
Monday, February 6, 2017
In the last 7 years the Tampa Interbay Rotary Club has raised nearly $165,000 with their annual Cycling for Autism event to support individuals in the Tampa Bay community who have an autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds this year will benefit the Applied Behavior Analysis Program and the Learning Academy at the University of South Florida. This year the ride will be on the beautiful Courtney Campbell Causeway Bike Trail, with the start and end points at Whiskey Joe's. Registration, lunch, and activities will take place on their beach. 
ABA Master's Students Publish in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Friday, January 6, 2017 Four of our ABA master’s students have recently been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis! Congratulations and great job Tricia Jeffries,  Heather Kelley, Haley Krantz and Carolyn Mancuso! See links to articles below.
CFS is Now Offering a Fully Online Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 The certificate coursework integrates specific learning about leadership theory and practice with broader competencies in child and adolescent behavioral health. Electives built into the certificate allow students to pursue personal interests relevant to leadership, such as family-centered interdisciplinary practice and child and adolescent behavioral health policy.
MHNR Interview on Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services: Dr. Mario Hernandez
Friday, November 4, 2016 Listen as MHNR host, Kristin Walker, interviews Dr. Mario Hernandez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hernandez discusses the new Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health program and ongoing research efforts within the Department.
CFS Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez Receives the “2016 Hispanic Success Story Award” from the Tampa Hispanic Services Council
Friday, September 30, 2016 Dr. Hernandez was chosen for his accomplishments in the mental health field and his advocacy and commitment to positive health outcomes for children and families.
Ercilia R. Calcano, MPH selected as a USF Hispanic Advisory Committee Pathways Awardee
Friday, September 30, 2016 She was presented the award at the USF Hispanic Heritage Celebration September 29 at the USF Marshall Center.
ABA Master's Student Kelsey O’Neill Receives $16,000 Fellowship Grant from Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay
Monday, September 26, 2016 As part of the fellowship, Kelsey will complete one year of a paid practicum at BCOTB to help her gain a variety of experiences that will prepare her to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
RMHC Master's Students Receive John A. Orphanidys Scholarship Award
Monday, September 12, 2016 Congratulations to Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling master’s students Claudia Cordero and Suresh Lama Tamang for being awarded the John A. Orphanidys Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 - 11: Know the Signs
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Many suicides can be prevented and each of us can help by reaching out and responding when concerned. By knowing the warning signs, we can be better prepared to intervene when we see a friend, coworker, neighbor, or relative in distress. Read letter from CFS's Stephen Roggenbaum, Gubernatorial appointee to Florida’s Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council.

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