Assessment and Intervention for Child and Adolescent Executive Function Difficulties

Friday, March 29, 2019
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CE Contact Hours

George McCloskey, PhD

"When Dr. McCloskey talks and teaches about  helping children, he is practical and optimistic. His trainings help us understand what’s going on and--most importantly--give attendees the HOW. His message and approach are clear and active: there are skills that need to be taught, the brain can learn, and here’s what works." 
                                                                                     ------ Lynn Lyons, LICSW, author of Anxious Kids,                                                                                                                 Anxious Parents with Reid Wilson, PhD and Using                                                                                                    Hypnosis with Children 

Course Description

This presentation will describe a multidimensional model of executive capacities that can be used to guide case conceptualization and intervention selection and implementation.  Descriptions of executive function and skill difficulties and intervention strategies for children and adolescents ages 4-25 will be discussed.  Information from case studies will be discussed with emphasis on intervention recommendations, implementation and progress monitoring.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this workshops, participants will be able to:  
  1. Describe a comprehensive model of executive capacities
  2. Explain the difference between executive functions and executive skills
  3. Explain how executive capacities function differently at different levels of executive control.
  4. Describe the executive capacity intervention continuum.
  5. Identify appropriate interventions for executive function and/or executive skill difficulties
  6. Identify sources of information about interventions that address executive capacity difficulties.
George McCloskey, PhD, is a professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the School of Professional and Applied Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. McCloskey has amassed 35 years of experience in test development, teaching, research and assessment and intervention work with a wide range of clients and has developed a comprehensive model of executive capacities that can be used to assess strengths and deficits and guide efforts to foster growth and intervene with difficulties. He frequently presents at international, national, and state conferences and consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide on issues related to improving students’ executive capacities.

Dr. McCloskey is the lead author of the books Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment and his most recent writing on interventions for executive function and executive skills difficulties appears in Chapter 10 of the book Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners. He also is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) that have been standardized and published with Schoolhouse Educational Services.

Schedule and Course Outline
Friday, March 29, 2019
The Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Massachusetts

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Coffee
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM Multidimensional Model of Executive Capacities 
Self-Regulation Capacities - Interventions 
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Self-Regulation Continued 
Motivation and Executive Capacities 
Self-Determination and Self-Realization Interventions
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch at the Crestview, included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Self-Activation Interventions
Development of Executive Capacities 
Diagnoses and Executive Capacity Deficits 
Arenas of Involvement 
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Case Studies 
Learning vs. Producing Difficulties 
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Questions and Answers