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Improving Executive Functions with George McCloskey, Ph.D.: Strategies to Rewire the Brain and Change Behavior
Improving Executive Functions with George McCloskey, Ph.D.: Strategies to Rewire the Brain and Change Behavior

Where:  FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Join international expert and author, George McCloskey, Ph.D., for this strategy filled day!

Dr. McCloskey has over 35 years of experience as a psychologist, and has spent over 20 years researching executive functions (EF), working with leaders in the field, and assessing and treating children, adolescents and adults with executive function difficulties.

Drawing on Dr. McCloskey’s clinical expertise and experience, you will develop the skills you need to better assess, grow and improve executive functioning in your clients. Effectively teach your client the skills to:
  • Get organized
  • Resist impulses
  • Stay focused
  • Use time wisely
  • Plan ahead
  • Manage emotions
  • Persist with tasks
  • Improve memory

With captivating descriptive examples, engaging case illustrations, and proven strategies you can immediately implement, you can help your client change their brain and behavior!
Objectives:
  1. Describe a comprehensive neuropsychological model of executive functions.
  2. Explain how executive function difficulties are manifested in individuals diagnosed with various psychological disorders and/or enrolled in special education programs.
  3. Apply effective assessment techniques based on a multidimensional framework to determine executive function strengths and weaknesses and to target specific intervention needs.
  4. Identify strategies that are appropriate for fostering executive function development and/or for intervening when executive function difficulties are identified.
  5. Describe and apply strategies that bridge the gap between “external control” and “internal self-regulation”.
  6. Identify and access sources of information about evidence-based programs that foster executive function development and/or remediate difficulties.
OUTLINE

Executive Functions (EF) Overview
  • The neuropsychology of Executive Functions
  • Levels, domains of functioning, arenas of involvement
  • A closer look at the self-regulation level
  • 7 clusters encompassing 33 functions
  • EF development over time
  • EFs, DSM-5® diagnoses, educational classifications
Develop an Intervention Plan: Assessment of EF Strengths and Weaknesses
  • A multidimensional model to guide assessment
  • Norm referenced tests, rating scales and diagnostic interviewing
  • Assessing the impact of EF difficulties on academic learning and production
  • Learning difficulties versus producing difficulties
  • EF-driven Functional Behavior Assessment
Strategies for EF Development and EF Difficulties
  • Create an environment for positive change
  • Develop and use growth mindsets
  • The EF intervention continuum
  • Orienting strategies that focus on goals and outcomes
  • External strategies for modifying behavior: Cueing, prompting and thinking aloud
  • Bridging strategies from externally controlled to internally self-regulated
  • Internally self-regulated strategies: Strengthen independent functioning
Evidence-based Programs and Resources to Foster Growth
  • Develop EFs in pre-school and kindergarten
  • Problem-solving models and programs
  • Cognitive strategy instruction and cognitive behavior therapy
  • Technology-based approaches
  • Mindfulness techniques and EF growth

GEORGE MCCLOSKEY, PH.D.

George McCloskey, Ph.D., has amassed 35 years of experience in test development, teaching, research and assessment and intervention work with a wide range of clients. Based on the past 20 years of his research and experience working specifically with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting executive function difficulties, Dr. McCloskey has developed a comprehensive model of executive functions that can be used to assess executive function strengths and difficulties and guide efforts to foster growth and intervene with difficulties. He consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide on issues related to improving student’s self-regulation capacities in the classroom, behavior management, assessment and intervention for executive functions difficulties related to academic and behavior problems.

Dr. McCloskey is a professor and director of School Psychology Research in the Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He frequently presents at international, national, regional and state meetings on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics.

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 are currently in standardization with Schoolhouse Press.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: George McCloskey has an employment relationship with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He receives royalties as an author for Taylor & Francis, Wiley & Sons, and Schoolhouse Press. Dr. McCloskey receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: George McCloskey has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Professional Counseling recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

MARYLAND COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

VIRGINIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Virginia Board of Counseling recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association or NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.


EDUCATORS/TEACHERS
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL PERSONNEL: 6.5 ACT 48 Hours will be made available through Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU)in Towson, MD on 05/24/17 and in Columbia, MD on 05/25/17 only.. Those requesting ACT 48 Hours will be required to sign in and provide their Pennsylvania Certification Number and will receive instructions at the seminar on how to create a free online account with CAIU; only those individuals who have a CAIU online account are eligible to receive ACT 48 Hours.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors will recognize and accept continuing education programs that are sponsored by providers approved by the American Psychological Association and the ASWB. This course will qualify for 6.0 credits. Full attendance is required, variable credits may not be awarded per the Pennsylvania State Board.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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