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Evidenced-Based Treatments for Child Mental Health


Friday, November 9, 2012 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Pittsburgh, PA

Evidenced-Based Treatments for Child Mental Health

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Co-Sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Afternoon breakout sessions will be conducted in smaller groups by each of our speakers.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided.


Featured Speaker:


William E. Pelham, Ph.D. , ABPP

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Dr. Pelham is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1976.  He was a faculty member at Washington State University, Florida State University, the University Pittsburgh (WPIC), and the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Children and Families) prior to moving to Florida International University in 2010, where he is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Children and Families, and Chair of the Psychology Department.  He remains an Emeritus SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY Buffalo.  His summer treatment program for ADHD children has been recognized by Divisions 53 and 37 of the APA and by CHADD as a model program, is listed on the SAMHSA NREPP list, and is widely recognized as the state of the art in treatment for children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Dr. Pelham has authored or co-authored more than 375 professional publications dealing with ADHD and its assessment and treatment—psychosocial, pharmacological, and combined--and was recently named as one of the top 10 among the country’s 1,900 academic clinical psychologists in peer-reviewed publications (Stewart, Wu, & Roberts, 2007).  Dr. Pelham is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, and past President of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) and the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP).  He currently chairs the task force on Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-based Practices for the SCCAP.  He is a past recipient of the CHADD Hall of Fame award (2002), the SCCAP Career Achievement Award (2009), the Trailblazer Awards of the Families and Parenting SIG (2010) and ADHD SIG (2011) of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (2012).  He has held more than 60 research grants (12 current) from federal agencies (NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, NINDS, NICHD, IES), foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. He has served as a consultant/advisor on ADHD and related topics to numerous federal agencies (NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, IOM, OMAR, and the CDC) and organizations (AAP, AACAP, APA, CHADD).  He founded and directs the biennial Niagara/Miami Conference on Evidence-based Treatments for Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Problems.


Topics & Presenters:

Dr. Kolko

David J. Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP

Alternatives for Families - A Cognitive Behavior Therapy (AF-CBT)

David J. Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director of the Special Services Unit at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, a program devoted to the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices for children/adolescents served in diverse community settings or systems including pediatric primary care, juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health. He directs the SAFE Program (Services for Adolescent and Family Enrichment) at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, an outpatient treatment research program for sexually abusive youth that is operated in collaboration with probation officers from the Juvenile Court. He is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

His primary interests involve the study and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and children’s antisocial behavior, including childhood firesetting, adolescent sexual offending behavior, and child maltreatment/trauma.  He is the senior co-developer of an evidence-based treatment that has been adapted for physical aggression/abuse, family conflict/coercion, and child behavior problems, called “Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” (AF-CBT; Much of his current treatment and research work is devoted to promoting the dissemination and implementation of AF-CBT in human service settings.  He also directs the Services for Kids In Primary-care (SKIP; Program which promotes and evaluates the delivery of integrated or collaborative behavioral health services in the primary care practice. 

His books include, Assessing and treating physically abused children and their families: A cognitive-behavioral approach (2002, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA), and the Handbook on Firesetting in Children and Youth (2002, Academic Press). A sample of Dr. Kolko’s clinical-research activities and articles may be found online at


Dr. Mannarino

Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D.

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

Dr. Mannarino is the Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents and Vice-President, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.  He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine.  Dr. Mannarino has been a leader in the field of child traumatic stress for the past 25 years.  He has been awarded numerous federal grants from the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the clinical course of traumatic stress symptoms in children and to develop effective treatment approaches for  traumatized children and their families.  Dr. Mannarino has received many honors for his work, including the Betty Elmer Outstanding Professional Award, the Most Outstanding Article Award for papers published in the journal Child Maltreatment given by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), the Model Program Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child Traumatic Stress”, and the Legacy Award from the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association.  Dr. Mannarino has recently completed two-year terms as the President of APSAC and the President of the Section on Child Maltreatment, Division of Child and Family Policy and Practice, American Psychological Association.  



7:30-8:00       Registration

8:00-8:30       Evidence-Based Practices in Child Mental Health and Why They Are Important - William E. Pelham, Ph.D.

8:30-9:30       Recent Studies of Behavioral, Pharmalogical,  and Combined Intervention for ADHD: Implications for Treatment Planning in Clinical Practices - William E. Pelham, Ph.D.

9:30-9:40       Break

9:40-10:40     Alternatives for Families: Cognitive Behavior Therapy - David J. Kolko, Ph.D.

10:40-10:50   Break

10:50-11:50   Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy - Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D.

12:00-1:00     Lunch (provided)

1:00-4:00       Training Workshops 

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

1)  Review of evidence-based practices in child mental health

2) Contrast the results of traditional versus evidence-based therapies.

3) Plan treatment based on a behavioral intervention

4) Plan treatment based on a pharmacological intervention

5) Plan treatment based on an integrative intervention.

6) At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to identify all of the PRACTICE components of TF-CBT.

7) Participants will become familiar with the goals, methods, research support, and implementation challenges of an evidence-based intervention (Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; AF-CBT) for children and their families who present with verbal and/or physical aggression, including heightened anger and conflict, the use of coercion/force, and physical abuse.


A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations.  No refunds can be issued once the program has begun.



Are Continuing Education Credits available?

Yes, Continuing Education Credits will be available:


This program is co-sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Pace.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credit for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This program is being offered for 6.5 continuing education credits.


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.  This program is being offered for 6.5 continuing education credits.


Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded 0.65 Continuing Education Units (CEU's).  One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.  Nurses:  For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 6.5 hours of continuing education.  These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania.  Peer Specialists:  This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.

Can I pay offline?

Online registration only.


What if I can't afford the fee?

Scholarships available. Please contact Kelly Carter Uzzo for scholarship opportunities.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Suggested parking at the Westin Hotel, the Convention Center, or the Greyhound Bus station


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Kelly Carter Uzzo at


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please contact Kelly Carter Uzzo with updated information as soon as possible at


What is the refund policy?

A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations. No refunds once the program has begun.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. Please bring your printed ticket with you.


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes. Please update Kelly Carter Uzzo with any changes as soon as possible at


More information to come... including session descriptions and selection session choices. If you register now, you will be contacted when session choices become available.


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When & Where

The Westin
1000 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Friday, November 9, 2012 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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The mission of Pace is to provide educational and therapeutic services that enable any child to thrive.  As an organization we  transform the lives of the regions most challenged and challenging students and their families. Our goals are to teach children with severe emotional disorders and/or Autism to breakthrough social and behavioral barriers to school success and to help their families enjoy more normal lives. For more than four decades, Pace has served as a placement option for school districts in southwestern PA seeking our expertise in providing a blended educational and therapeutic environment.

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