2014 Lectures


The Center for Children and Families welcomes parents and professionals to campus this spring for its sixth annual series of lectures titled "Surviving and Thriving in Adolescence."

Talks will be held Friday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a reception following.

Location: UT Dallas main campus, Jindal School of Management, Room 2.106

These lectures have each been approved for 1 continuing education credit hour for Social Workers, LPC's and LMFTs by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Tobey's lecture has additionally been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA).

A parking pass for our next lecture is now available HERE. All lectures are free and open to the public - no RSVP required.

Videos from past lectures are available by clicking on the video camera icon to the right of the lecture information. NOTE: Some users have reported compatibility issues with streaming the videos on a Mac computer. Please contact us for assistance if you have an issue.

 

 

Emily Tobey, PhD
handout presentation video

January 17, 2014

Emily Tobey, PhD

“The Bionic Ear: Challenges of Educating Deaf Teenagers in the 21st Century”

Cochlear implants restore aspects of hearing to many children with severe-to-profound hearing losses.  However, challenges remain regarding how to design intervention programs that enhance the benefits observed with the devices. This talk will examine factors associated with higher performance levels in teenagers and explore how spoken language should continue to be a priority to teachers, therapists and families of children using cochlear implants.

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be available for this lecture.

Samuel Ehrenreich, PhD
handout presentation video

February 14, 2014

Samuel Ehrenreich, PhD

“Adolescent Text Messaging and the Development of Antisocial Behavior”

Text messaging affords children and adolescents the ability to interact with their peers continuously and instantaneously.  Although this communication is an important aspect of many teenagers’ social lives, it may also increase the risk for involvement in antisocial behavior.  This talk examines how text messaging may relate to antisocial behavior, and what parents, teachers, and school administrators can do about it.

Alex R. Piquero, PhD
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March 7, 2014

Alex R. Piquero, PhD

“Preventing Juveniles from a Life of Crime”

Chronic juvenile offenders exercise a tangible and intangible toll on victims, the system, and society more generally. This presentation will provide an overview of the cost of a lifetime chronic offender as well as highlight some policy prevention strategies that are evidence-based and useful for deflecting chronic offending trajectories.

Joanna Gentsch, PhD
handout presentation video

April 25, 2014

Joanna Gentsch, PhD

“Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Communicating about Sexuality from Childhood to Adolescence”

Whether you are a parent, teacher or other professional working with children or teens, talking about sex and sexuality can be difficult. Research indicates that having these conversations early and often contributes to many positive outcomes. This talk will help get the conversation started by blending evidence-based findings with practical advice and the sharing of developmentally appropriate resources.