Our Services

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) is a multidisciplinary center committed to improving the lives of children, parents and families struggling with mental health concerns.

If you believe your child might be struggling, or if you're looking for general information on children's mental health, please call us at (305) 348-0477 to speak with a clinical staff therapist about the best program for you and your child.

To learn about our current programs, click here.

The CCF is always looking for participants for a variety of research studies. Click here for a list of current research programs you can participate in.

Check out video resources for both parents and professionals about evidence-based practices that promote child and adolescent mental health.

Are you a professional looking for training or continuing education? Have a child to refer for services? Click here to learn more about the services we provide.

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Latest News

Attention Magazine: The (Un) Surprising Emotional Nature of ADHD


The core symptoms of ADHD, including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, can ­significantly impair a child's academic, family, and social functioning. Recent research suggests, however, that factors relat­ed to emotion may also play an important role in understanding the impair­ments experienced by children (and adults) with ADHD.

Behavioral Therapy Works Better than Medication as a First Step Treatment for Children with ADHD


A new study led by William E. Pelham Jr., psychologist and director at the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at Florida International University, revealed that low doses of behavioral therapy works better as a first step treatment for children with ADHD than medication. This study is the first of its kind in the field to alter types of treatment midcourse and evaluate the effects.

FIU News: Psychologist shares warning signs for suicide in youth


According to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. suicide rates have surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years. While suicide rates increased among nearly all age groups (10-74), the study particularly found an alarming 200 percent increase of suicide among girls 10 to 14. Boys in the same age group experienced the second-largest percent increase at 37 percent.

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