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MICAMH Conference

The Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference that presents state-of-the-art, evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions for mental health and educational problems in children and adolescents.

The conference offers:

  • Keynote presentations
  • Hands-on breakout workshops
  • Student poster sessions
  • Continuing education credits

 

Up to 18 continuing education credits are offered for:

  • Psychologists, APA
  • Counselors, NBCC
  • School Psychologists, NASP
  • Social Workers

This conference has been approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental  Health CounselingFlorida Board of Psychology and Florida Office of School Psychology.

 

The MICAMH Conference is co-sponsored by The Children's Trust and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP; APA Division 53)
Confirmed 2018 MICAMH Conference speakers and topics include:
  • Keynote Speakers
    Integrating Behavioral Health Services into Primary Care
    Thomas Power, Ph.D., ABPP
    Chief Psychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
     
    Racism and African American Youth Mental Health
    Enrique Neblett, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
     
    Families and ADHD
    Charlotte Johnston, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia
     
    Special issues in clinical child and adolescent assessment
    Andres de los Reyes, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park
     
    State of the science on early interventions for children with ASD
    Connie Kasari, Ph.D.
    Professor, Human Development and Psychiatry, University of California
     
    School Mental Health Services are Central to Best Practices for Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Problems
    Steven Evans, Ph.D.
    Professor, Psychology Department, Ohio University
     
    Recent Advances in the Development of Psychological Treatments for Adolescents with Panic Disorder
    Donna Pincus, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University
     
    Brief, Intensive Treatments for Childhood Anxiety and Phobic Disorders: The future that is now
    Thomas Ollendick, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech
     
    Body Dissatisfaction: Why should we care and what can we do about it?
    Carolyn Becker Black, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Psychology, Trinity University

     

    *Exact dates and times of keynote presentations to be announced soon.

  • Workshops
    Response to Intervention (RTI) Process and Strategies for Elementary School
    George Dupaul, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Education and Human Services, Lehigh University
     
    Promoting Homework Success: Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Students
    Thomas Power, Ph.D., ABPP
    Chief Psychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
     
    School Mental Health Services for Adolescents with ADHD
    Steven Evans, Ph.D.
    Professor, Psychology Department, Ohio University
     
    Classroom Management Strategies for Students with ADHD and disruptive behavior
    George Dupaul, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Education and Human Services, Lehigh University
     
    Evidence-Based Treatment for Youth with Mood and Comorbid Disorders
    Mary Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP
    Professor,  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
     
    Promoting Body Acceptance in a World that Fosters Body Hatred: Lessons from the Body Project
    Carolyn Becker Black, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Psychology, Trinity University
     
    One Session Treatment of Specific Phobias: Prevention and Intervention
    Thomas Ollendick, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech
     
    Helping Children to Grow Up Brave: Evidence-Based Strategies for Helping Youth Overcome Fear, Stress and Anxiety
    Donna Pincus, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University
     
    Multi-modal assessment of adolescent social anxiety
    Andres de los Reyes, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park
     
    Social communication interventionfor children with ASD
    Connie Kasari, Ph.D.
    Professor, Human Development and Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles
     
    Parental Cognitions: Assessment and Treatment Implications
    Charlotte Johnston, Ph.D.
    Professor, Psychology Department, University of British Columbia
     
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents
    Tara Peris, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute
     

    *More speakers to be confirmed! Exact dates and times of workshops to be announced soon.

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Previous Conferences

  • 2011

    Sixth Biennial "Niagara in Miami" Conference on Evidence-Based Interventions for Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Problems

    An established international forum, this interdisciplinary conference focuses on state-of-the-art interventions for mental health problems in children and adolescents. Recently relocated to Miami (after a decade at Niagara-On-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada) this conference offers didactic lectures and intensive, hands-on training. Professionals who attend will learn the principles of evidence-based psychosocial, educational and combined interventions, including child-based treatments, classroom and school interventions, parent training and prevention programs for a range of internalizing and externalizing disorders.

    February 16-18, 2011, Miami Florida at the Hilton Miami Downtown

    Co-sponsored by Florida International University (FIU) Center for Children and Families (CCF), the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the Children's Trust. The Center for Children and Families is comprised of faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences (Psychology) and the College of Medicine (Psychiatry).

    Target Audience

    This interdisciplinary conference will offer points of interest for: Clinical and school psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, social workers, counselors, school, pediatric, psychiatric nurses, mental health administrators and graduate/post-graduate students.

    Conference Objectives

    Participants can expect to learn:

    Awareness of new developments and the expanded body of knowledge in state-of-the-art treatment for mental health problems in children and adolescents
    Effective implementation of evidence-based treatments and preventative interventions for mental health disorders and educational problems in children and adolescents
    Guidelines for evidence-based practices in psychosocial therapy, educational interventions, prevention, and combined treatments in clinic, home, and school settings
    Conference Schedule of Speakers and Workshops:

    Day 1 - February 16th (8am - 5pm)

    Keynotes Speakers:

    John Weisz, Ph.D.: Evidence based Approaches for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Problems
    William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D.: Evidence-based Approaches to Treating ADHD in Children and Adolescents
    Wendy Silverman, Ph.D.: Evidence-based Approaches for Children with Anxiety Problems
    John Curry, Ph.D.: Evidenced-based Approaches for Depression in Adolescents
    Charles Cunningham, Ph.D.: Evidence-based Parenting Programs for Children with Disruptive Behavior
    Chris Lonigan, Ph.D.: Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Promoting the Development of Early Language and Literacy Skills for Children At-Risk
    John Lochman, Ph.D: School-based Violence and Aggression Prevention Programs: What the Evidence Says

    Day 2 & 3 - February 17th & 18th (8am - 5pm)

    Intensive Two-day Workshops: Each attendee will select one two-day workshop of greatest professional interest. Registration for the full conference is required to attend the workshops. Workshops will run from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. on both days.

    Workshop Presenters:

    Workshop A: Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior: After-school, Saturday and Summer Programming - Facilitator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP Workshop B: The Community Parent Education Program: A Group-based, Family Systems-oriented Workshop for Parents of Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders - Facilitator: Charles E. Cunningham, Ph.D. Workshop C: Intervention with Aggressive Children: The Coping Power Program - Facilitator: John E. Lochman, Ph.D., ABPP Workshop D: Evidence-Based Treatment for Anxiety Problems: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies - Facilitator: Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D. Workshop E: Evidence-Based Treatment for Depression in Adolescence: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies - Facilitator: John F. Curry, Ph.D. Workshop F: Managing Disruptive Behaviors within the Classroom and Behavioral Consultation with School Staff - Facilitator: Erika K. Coles, Ph.D. Workshop G: Teaching Parents Home-Based Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior - Facilitator: Jessica Robb, Ph.D. Workshop H:* Riding the Wave: An Interactive Workshop on the Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Panic Symptoms in Youth - Facilitator: Jill * Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.

    Continuing Education

    PSYCHOLOGISTS The CCF has been approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The CCF maintains responsibility for the program. The Niagara Conference General Session and Post-Conference Workshops have been approved for CE credits. Maximum of 19 credits

    SOCIAL WORKERS CEU's provided by FIU School of Social Work for Florida Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselors (BAP 50-738, exp. 3/31/11). Maximum of 19 credits.

    PHYSICIANS AND NURSES This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Dade County Medical Association and Florida International University College of Medicine. The Dade County Medical Association is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Dade County Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 2013

    Seventh Biennial “Niagara in Miami” Conference

    Evidence-Based Approaches for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    March 6-8, 2013 at the FIU Kovens Conference Center, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181

    We are pleased to announce another in the world’s leading interdisciplinary conferences on state-of-the-art, evidence-based prevention and treatments for mental health and educational problems in children and adolescents. Didactic lectures and hands-on experience will be combined to teach interested professionals the basic principles of effective psychosocial, psychoeducational, pharmacological, and combined interventions, including clinic-based treatments, school-wide interventions, and parent training.

    Our Keynote Speakers and Workshop Presenters are among the foremost authorities in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

    Keynote Speakers and Workshop Presenters include the following, among others:

    • Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., Columbia University
    • Barbara Foorman, Ph.D., Florida State University
    • Marc S. Atkins, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Anibal Gutierrez, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Florida International Universit
    • Leonard Bickman, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
    • Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D., University of Miami
    • Erika Coles, Ph.D. Florida International University
    • John A. Lochman, Ph.D., University of Alabama
    • Charles Cunningham, Ph.D., McMaster University
    • Mary M. McKay, Ph.D., New York University
    • Lesley Cunningham, MSW, RSW, The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
    • William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., Florida International University
    • David Reitman, Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
    • Thomas J. Dishion, Ph.D., Arizona State University
    • Jessica Robb, Ph.D., Florida International University
    • Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D., University of Miami
    • Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
    • Gregory A. Fabiano, Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY
    • James G. Waxmonsky, M.D., Florida International University

    Keynote and Workshop Topics include the following, among others:

    • Advanced COPE Training
    • Advanced Coping Power Training
    • Advanced Parent Training for Disruptive Behavior Disorders
    • Bullying in Schools
    • Daily Report Card (DRC)
    • Engaging Urban Families in Child Mental Health Care
    • Enhancing Teacher Practices in Urban Schools
    • Evidence-Based Practices for Youth Conduct Problems
    • EBPs in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
    • Evidence-Informed Engagement Interventions for
    • Children/Families
    • Father Involvement in Mental Health Interventions
    • Multimodal Treatment for Autism Spectrum
    • Multimodal Treatment for Externalizing Disorders
    • Multimodal Treatment for Internalizing Disorders
    • Parent Training for Fathers of ADHD Children
    • Peer Mediation in Schools
    • Preventing Problematic Behavior in After-School Settings
    • Progress Measurement in Clinical Practice
    • Reading Interventions for Children
    • Response to Intervention in Schools
    • Schooling and Mental Health
    • Unified Protocols: Treatment of Emotional Disorders

    A total of 18 continuing education credit/contact hours can be earned! Continuing education can be earned by those in the following professions: psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, school psychologists, nurses, dieticians, nutritionists, and nutrition counselors.

    Below is a list of our current approvals:

    • APA: The CCF has been approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The CCF maintains responsibility for the program.
    • NBCC: The FIU Counselor Education Program is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and a co-sponsor of the Center for Children and Families’ presentations. The FIU Counselor Education program may award NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP™ solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider #4565, effective 9/1/11.
    • NASP: The Center for Children and Families is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. The Center for Children and Families maintains responsibility for the program.
    • NASW: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886608594-1484) for up to 18 Social Work continuing education contact hours.
    • The conference has also been approved by Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling; Florida Board of Psychology and Florida Office of School Psychology. Provider #BAP 50-12872.

     

  • 2015

    Niagara in Miami - Eighth Biennial Conference 

    Evidence-Based Approaches for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 

    FIU Kovens Conference Center
    3000 NE 151st Street
    North Miami, FL 33181

    We are pleased to announce another in the world's leading interdisciplinary conferences on state-of-the-art, evidence-based prevention and treatments for mental health and educational problems in children and adolescents. Didactic lectures and hands-on experience will be combined to teach interested professionals the basic principles of effective psychosocial, psychoeducational, pharmacological, and combined interventions, including clinic-based treatments, school-wide interventions, and parent training.

    Our Keynote Speakers and Workshop Presenters are among the foremost authorities in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

    8:45 AM Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Child Psychology, Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP
    10:15 AM Family-based interventions for young children with conduct problems: Lessons learned and future directions, Robert McMahon, Ph.D.
    11:30 AM Treating pediatric OCD, Martin Franklin, Ph.D.
    AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (may select a total of 3 hours of workshops upon registration)

    1:45 PM Launching the anxious adolescent into adulthood: A CBT program for families (3 hrs.), Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP
    1:45 PM Treating OCD, tics, and trichotillomania (3 hrs.), Martin Franklin, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Family-Based Treatment of Adolescents with ADHD (3 hrs.), Margaret Sibley, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Promoting School Readiness in Young Children: Intervention Strategies for Home & School Settings (3 hrs.), Katie Hart, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Psychological treatment of childhood bipolar disorder (2 hrs.), Mary Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP
    4:00 PM Using technology to expand treatment for children and adolescents (1 hr.), Jonathan Comer, Ph.D.

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

    8:45 AM Evidence-based practice with minority youth, Antonio Polo, Ph.D.
    10:15 AM Early Assessment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
    11:30 AM Attention and motivation deficit in ADHD: Implications for teen substance use, Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
    AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (may select a total of 3 hours of workshops upon registration)

    1:45 PM Evidence-based practice with Latino youth (3 hrs.), Antonio Polo, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Family-based treatment for early-onset depression (3 hrs.), Martha C. Tompson, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Unified protocol for treating emotional disorders in children and adolescents (3 hrs.), Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Managing strong-willed children (3 hrs.), Jessica Robb-Mazzant, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Quantifying dimensions of autism (2 hrs.), Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
    4:00 PM Intervention for Behavior Problems in Early Childhood (1 hr.), Daniel Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

    8:45 AM Optimizing engagement and alliance in child psychotherapy, Brian Chu, Ph.D.
    10:15 AM Evidence-based intervention and prevention for youth affected by divorce, Sharlene Wolchik, Ph.D.
    11:30 AM Practical, data-driven decision-making: Applying evidence-based assessment from intake to termination, Amanda Jensen Doss, Ph.D.
    AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (may select a total of 3 hours of workshops upon registration)

    1:45 PM Treating young children with excessive shyness or selective mutism (3 hrs.), Jami Furr, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Consulting with schools (3 hrs.), Erika Coles, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Applying acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches in the treatment of internalizing youth (3hrs.), Lisa Coyne, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Evidence-based prevention for youth affected by divorce (1.5 hrs.), Sharlene Wolchik, Ph.D.
    1:45 PM Treating behavioral avoidance across child anxiety and depressive disorders (1.5 hrs.), Brian Chu, Ph.D.
    3:30 PM Promoting healthy-habits in young children who are overweight (1.5 hrs.), Paulo Graziano, Ph.D.
    3:30 PM Assessment and management of suicide-related behaviors in adolescents (1.5 hrs.), Jeremy Pettit, Ph.D.

    *A total of 18 continuing education credit/contact hours can be earned! Continuing education can be earned by those in the following professions: psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, school psychologists, nurses, dietitian, nutritionists, and nutrition counselors.

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  • 2017

    The 2017 MICAMH Conference will be taking place Feb. 22-24, 2017 at the FIU Kovens Conference Center in Miami.

    Learn about the keynote speakers and workshops by downloading the schedule. For information about nearby hotels and restaurants click here.

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