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When to Seek Help for Your Child

As a parent, it can be hard to know when your child’s behavior is just a part of growing up or a sign of a bigger issue. There are several things a child and adolescent mental health professional will look at to determine if a child or teen’s behaviors are problematic:

• Is the behavior more intense than it should be?
• Does the duration of the behavior continue after the situation has passed?
• Is the behavior typical for his/her age level?
• Is the behavior upsetting to your child or other family members?
• Does the behavior prevent your child from interacting with friends or performing well in school?
• Is the behavior inappropriate to the situation?
• Does the behavior happen for no obvious reason?
• Does your child avoid important social, school or family activities because of the behavior?

All children are different, and even the most typical child or teen may engage in “problematic” behaviors from time to time, especially when they are tired, stressed or sick. However, if your child or teen repeatedly engages in inappropriate or unwanted behaviors, consider meeting with a mental health professional.

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Should I be directly involved in my child’s therapy sessions?


Created on August 5, 2017. Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 07:56 pm

How best to participate in a child’s therapy depends primarily on the child’s age, the nature of the problem, and whether research supports parental involvement in the type of treatment your child is receiving.  CLICK HERE to read more.


What happens in therapy sessions?


Created on August 5, 2017. Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 07:41 pm

What happens in a therapy session depends on the type of evidence-based therapy that the provider practices. Evidence-based therapies include non-drug treatments that have been proven through research to work effectively. CLICK HERE to read more.

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SCCAP Effective Child TherapyMay 27, 2020
Congrats to the recipients of our 2020 Student Achievement Awards!

Undergraduate - Katherine Venturo-Conerly from Harvard University; Research Title: "School-based, lay-provider-delivered single-session interventions reduced anxiety in Kenyan adolescents: Outcomes from a randomized controlled trial"

Early Stage Graduate - Violeta Rodriguez from University of Georgia; Research Title: "Identification of differential item functioning by race and ethnicity in the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire"

Late Stage Graduate - Bridget Makol from University of Maryland at College Park; Research Title: "Integrating multiple informants’ reports: How conceptual and measurement models may address long-standing problems in clinical decision-making"

Late Stage Graduate - Will Pelham from Arizona State University; Research Title: "Depression in mothers and behavior problems in children: an attempt to go beyond association"

The Student Achievement Award in Clinical Practice recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates innovative clinical service, clinical supervision, clinical skills, and commitment to evidence-based practice. The winner is:

Clinical Practice - Lea Taylor from Syracuse University
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Ever wonder what happens in therapy?

Our experts weigh in on what child therapy sessions look like, the role of parent involvement, and how symptoms change over time.
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SCCAP Effective Child TherapyFebruary 11, 2020
The SCCAP Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Child Mental Health in Action Awards. We were excited to receive many applications that proposed diverse ways of improving child and adolescent mental health and that were well-aligned with the SCCAP mission to support the development and advancement of clinical child and adolescent psychology through integration of its scientific and professional aspects. Keep an eye on the newsletter and follow us @_SCCAP for updates!

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Child Mental Health in Action Award Recipients (in alphabetical order):

“Development of a web-based DBT caregiver skills group for an acute-care adolescent inpatient unit” – Madeline McGee, Ema Saito, Alison Tebbett-Mock
“Disseminating the Resilience Builder Program® in Schools” – Mary Alvord, Colleen Cummings, Brendan Rich
“The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Future Directions Forum: Providing Professional Development Training for Early Career Scientists, and Showcasing Interdisciplinary Research in Youth Mental Health” –Andy De Los Reyes, Lauren Keeley, Hide Okuno
“Keeping the Assessment Center Up, Running, and Improving” – Eric Youngstrom, Joshua Langfus, Lizzie Wilson
“Leadership Education to Advance Diversity Institute” – SCCAP Diversity Committee
“The Leadership In Action program”– Erlanger Turner, Amber Hewitt, Alfonso Merca
“Little Unicorn Project: A Family-Based Supportive Intervention for LGBTQ* Children” – Alexandra Bettis, Jessica Peters, Elana Rosenberg
“The Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference” – Jonathan Comer, Rosanna Castro
We look forward to the next round of applications – please keep an eye out for the funding call later this year. For more information about the program, please visit our website:

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Let us know if we have missed any treatments on our list or if any treatments should not be included. Please send professional research citations to justify your suggestions. is for informational purposes only. If you feel you need immediate intervention please dial 911, or call your local mental health center or mental health provider.

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