Child & Family Agency and DMHAS Present: Preventing Adolescent Disorders

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Child & Family Agency and DMHAS Present: Preventing Adolescent Disorders

November 7, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Child & Family Agency and DMHAS Present: Preventing Adolescent Disorders


This workshop is the outgrowth of a multi-year project to identify promising strategies to prevent and treat dysfunctional behavior in adolescents that resulted in The Handbook of Adolescent behavioral Problems 2nd edition. Presentations will examine the fields of prevention and treatment identifying common themes across programs that have repeated success with Functional Family Therapy (FFT) a program used both in treatment and prevention as a specific example.


Thomas Sexton is the director of the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies and professor in Counseling Psychology Program at the School of Education, Indiana University-Bloomington. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri in Psychology and his doctorate degree at Florida State University in Counseling Psychology. He is a licensed Psychologist, a Diplomat in Family Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and Past-President of the Society for Family Psychology (a division of APA) with an extensive publication list in family therapy models, family therapy outcomes, and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).  Dr. Sexton helped develop the FFT clinical model and disseminate FFT nationally and internationally. He is also one of the nation’s leading researchers in the transportation of evidence-based practices into community settings. His research interests include Family Psychology, family based interventions for at-risk youth, Functional Family Therapy, and outcome and process research in evidence-based psychological intervention programs.

Max Crowley is a prevention scientist and health policy researcher studying how to effectively and efficiently protect children and prevent risky health behaviors.  Currently, Dr. Crowley is a nation institutes of health research fellow at Duke University and a research fellow with the national bureau of economic research (crime).  Crowley’s work benefits from interdisciplinary experience in child development, family-based prevention and public finance, as well as his work in maternal and child health policy at the federal and state levels.  He has received multiple national awards for his scholarship and currently co-chairs the society for prevention research’s task-force on economic analyses of prevention.  Crowley also co-leads a new nih-funded research network around advancing benefit-cost analyses of preventive health services.  This work is motivated by a growing need to understand how society can best allocate scarce resources to meet the needs of children and their families to prevent future burdens on health and public systems, his time working in government illustrated that early childhood investments capable of protecting children and reducing strain on social service systems are of particular interest within the evolving economic and political context, to meet the growing demand for estimates of program’s economic value, his work seeks to design community prevention efforts that strategically invest in youth to reduce risky health behaviors as well as the future burden on social service systems.  This includes developing performance-based financing strategies to ensure high quality program delivery.

Bronwyn A. Hunter is a NIH/NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at The Consultation Center, Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Yale University School of Medicine. Bronwyn obtained her PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University in 2013. Her work broadly encompasses interventions to support criminal justice and former substance using populations, with a specific focus on women. Bronwyn is also interested in how state policies impact individual outcomes for criminal justice involved populations as well as how stigma influences criminal recidivism and substance abuse relapse.


Date:  Friday, November 7, 2014

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration: 8:30 a.m.

Place:  Hilton Garden Inn,85 Glastonbury Blvd.,Glastonbury,CT 06033

Phone: 860-659-1025


A light breakfast and lunch are provided without charge.

There is no cost for attending this seminar.

 Please register online at, Eventbrite or email Debra Harris at

(phone: 860-443-2896 x1400)

Social Work CEU’S have been applied for.

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal”.

Funding for this seminar series is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).


November 7, 2014
8:30 am - 3:00 pm