Seminar Detail

Transform Teen Behavior: Family Based Interventions

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

When a child or teen is afflicted with mental illness, whole families are dragged into the vortex of their struggles. Parents often feel blind-sided, devastated and powerless to help.

Dr. Cook’s intensive and comprehensive program is loaded with experiential learning designed to transform family dynamics.

Her evidence-based program contains groundbreaking strategies for family skill-building to target the following skill sets:
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Empathy Building
  • Problem-Solving
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Behavior Contracts
  • Assertiveness
  • Thought Restructuring
You’ll walk away feeling fully equipped to tackle even the most challenging families, especially those deeply rooted in long-standing high conflict and unhealthy patterns.

Join Dr. Cook as she teaches you powerful, proven strategies to engage and empower families to develop deep, enduring empathic connections.

  1. Assess the most salient & empowering psychosocial skill sets needed for teens.
  2. Implement powerful group techniques for engaging parents in treatment.
  3. Apply family-based approaches for fostering empathic connections & positive communication.
  4. Design experiential methods for promoting psychosocial skill mastery in teens & parents.
  5. Compile steps for adapting group strategies for skills training across broad patient populations.
  6. Synthesize concepts and techniques for promoting behavioral and emotional health in youth & their parents.

Interactive Tools & Techniques Throughout the Day!
  • Before & After Skill Tests
  • Video Vignettes, Movie Clips
  • Live Skill Demonstrations
  • Role Play Skill Rehearsals
  • Peer Coaching & Mentoring
  • Parent & Teen Handouts
  • Rewards & Consequences
Groundbreaking Strategies for Family Skill Building:

Emotion Regulation
  • Cultivate Feelings Awareness
  • Build Feelings Vocabularies
  • Family-Based Emotion Regulation
Empathy Building
  • Parent-Teen Empathy Skills
  • Promote Parent-Teen Trust
  • Enhance Understanding & Compassion
  • Bolster Family Listening Skills
Conflict Resolution
  • Promote Win-Win Ways in Families
  • Increase Family Cohesion & Closeness
  • Parent Modeling of Optimal Approaches
Behavior Contracts
  • Steps to Negotiate Teen “Buy In” & Compliance
  • Ways to Track & Reinforce Positive Behaviors
  • Facilitate Collaborative Family Negotiations
Assertive Communication
  • Teach Parents & Teens Assertiveness
  • Promote Healthy Parent-Teen Communication
  • Model Prosocial Styles of Sharing Feelings
  • Bolster Family Expressions of Warmth & Love
Thought Restructuring
  • Educate Parents & Teens on Power of Perception
  • Promote Thought & Self-Talk Awareness
  • Acquaint Parents & Teens with Common Thinking Traps
  • Train Parents & Teens on Critical Thinking Exercises


Mary Nord Cook, MD, is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. For the past 18 years, she has been developing and directly providing three psychosocial skills and parenting training, multi-family workshops weekly.

Dr. Cook has authored and published two books detailing the evidence-based, standardized, skills-building treatment protocols used for both the school-aged and adolescent patient populations, titled Transforming Behavior: Training Parents & Kids Together and Transforming Teen Behavior: Parent-Teen Protocols for Psychosocial Skills Training. Her passions are developing and applying family and strengths-based approaches, pursuant of a goal to minimize medication, while optimizing parenting and psychosocial skills. Her mantra is “More Skills =’s Less Pills!” Dr. Cook has received numerous awards for outstanding and innovative program development, leadership, teaching and mentorship. She frequently performs presentations in the community for school, primary care and youth outreach programs.

In July 2015, she assumed new roles as the chief executive officer and medical director for EMPOWER, a first of its kind, Non-Profit {501 (3)(c)} Center of Excellence in Family Behavioral Health. She has been extensively involved in the training of medical students, psychology and social work graduate students, along with psychiatry residents. She recently won a resident nominated award for teaching excellence and has also been recognized by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), as an outstanding mentor. She specializes in working with families presenting with youth who’ve been diagnosed with disruptive behavior and mood disorders. Dr. Cook received her doctoral degree (Medicine) from Wayne State University, her General Psychiatry Residency at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at the University of California, San Diego. From 1998-2005 she served in the United States Navy, including working as the sole child psychiatrist for six military bases and over 30 Department of Defense schools, across Japan for three years. From 2005-2015, she held the rank of associate professor of psychiatry at the Colorado School of Medicine while concurrently serving as the medical director for the Department of Psychiatry at CHCO.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary Nord Cook is CEO and Medical Director for EMPOWER. She is an author for Brookes Publishing and Elsevier Publishing and receives royalties. Dr. Nord Cook receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mary Nord Cook is a member of the American Academy Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

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.

Massachusetts Counselors: CE credit is available. This program has been approved for 6.25 Category 1 MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 09/07/2018. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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

Massachusetts School Personnel: This course may be applicable for 6.25 Professional Development Points toward your Professional Development Plan per the Massachusetts Department of Education recertification guidelines; check with your licensing authority for more information.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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.

Speech-Language Pathologists

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

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Social Workers
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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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