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Childhood mental health symptoms and illnesses can be terrifying for parents and families to face. When you notice your child is struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression or struggling to engage in interpersonal relationships with their peers, it can be difficult to know the best methods...

The possibility of a mental health diagnosis, especially for children, can invoke a lot of fear. Parents and guardians may avoid identifying or responding to changes in their child’s mood or behavior, in part due to the misconceptions that this fear can invoke.   Research however...

The use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a means of treating childhood symptoms of depression and anxiety continues to gain traction as an effective evidence-based practice. A 2015 review published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology reports that CBT is an...

In the year 2020, there was approximately 6 million children ages 0 to 17 taking psychiatric medications and with surge in behavioral health symptoms youth are experiencing as a result of the pandemic, that number is only going to increase.  There is concern however about...

Anger in young children may signify more than just a “tantrum” and could be a warning sign of a more pervasive emotional crisis.  Children lack the verbal skills to communicate the underlying causes of their emotional reactions and also do not possess the skill to...

In April of this year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a large compilation of research and resources addressing barriers in access to essential mental health care for children.  The CDC cites that nearly one in five children experiences symptoms of an emotional or...

There are few areas in our life that were not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many losses and disruptions to our day-to-day routines.  But with those negative aspects, positive change can develop through crisis.  The shift to connecting through technology exploded during the pandemic,...

While the full societal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant safety measures is not yet known, there is already clear evidence that the next wave of the pandemic is a mental health crisis for children and adolescents. In late 2021, both the American Academy...

First of all, we should define emotional competence. This is considered to be the ability to regulate one's emotions and behaviors, solve problems, interact appropriately with others and to effectively communicate with those in our social circles. Children who are emotionally competent will generally be...

NASP 2020 Annual Convention Presentation ID # MS242 Title Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention Presenter(s) Mark D. Terjesen, St. John’s University; Teresa Busto, On Second Thought Contributor(s) Angela Mouzakitis, St. John’s University; Alexa Pata, St. John’s University Date Friday, February 21, 2020 Time 8:00-9:50 a.m. Location Convention Center Room 300 Level 316 ...

NASP 2020 Annual Convention Title Technology in School Psychology: Instruction, Supervision and Intervention Presenter(s) Mark D. Terjesen, St. John’s University, Kristy Kelly, University of Wisconsin; Teresa Busto, On Second Thought Contributor(s) Angela Mouzakitis, St. John’s University; Alexa Pata, St. John’s University Date Thursday, February 20, 2020 Time 10:00-11:20 a.m. Location Convention Center Room 307 ...

  As a parent or caregiver you can help your child feel good about himself in uncomfortable situations which may be encountered on a daily basis, in school, at home and on the playground. For example, your child is at school in the lunchroom. Someone he...

NASP 2019 Annual Convention Presentation ID PO417 Title A Cognitive-Behavioral Psycho educational Smart Notebook Program For Anxious Youth Presenter(s) Mark D. Terjesen, St. John's University, Stephanie Schwartz, Child Mind Institute, Alexa K. Pata and Natasha K. Mann, St. John's University Contributor(s) Teresa Busto Date Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Time 3:00-4:30 p.m. Location Hyatt Regency Atlanta Room Atrium Tower/Exhibit Level LL2/Hanover Hall Download...

Designed for the Smart Notebook System. 365 animated educational images. On Second Thought: From Iffy to Witty Thoughts is a program based on the work of Dr.’s Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck and David Burns who are pioneers in researching the relationship between unhelpful thoughts and how they...

The companion mobile app for smartphones and tablets keeps the learning going — at home, in the car, in class, or in a clinical setting. The mobile app version consists of volumes 1, 2, 3, & 4. These volumes make up the entire On Second...

You may be asking yourself:  “What are cognitive behavioral principles as described in this program? The first principle:  Based upon extensive research and wide acceptance from mental health providers, cognitive behavioral principles suggest that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected. For example, your child believes that...

Dr. Busto is a psychologist licensed in New York State and is certified as a school psychologist. She has been employed in Farmingdale School District since 1997 where, in addition to her job description, she trains both masters and doctoral level students as part of their...

We are proud to announce that the "On Second Thought: From Iffy to Witty Thoughts" Program was highlighted at the 2016 APA Convention in Denver, Colorado by Stephanie Schwartz, doctoral student at St. John’s University, New York.  ...

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