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

Where:
WALTHAM, MA
When:
Tuesday, July 25, 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., 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 has amassed over 35 years of experience in test development, teaching research and assessment and intervention work with a wide range of clients. Based on the past 25 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 students’ self-regulation capacities in the classroom, behavior management, assessment and intervention for executive functions difficulties related to academic and behavior problems.

Dr. McCloskey is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) and 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 11 of the book, Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners.

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.
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