Child Behavior Management Clinic

The PPTRC Child Behavior Management (CBM) Clinic helps the families of children who frequently have problems staying focused and paying attention, controlling behavior, and getting along with others. We begin with a careful assessment of the child’s strengths and difficulties. We then set goals with the family and develop a treatment plan to improve the child’s daily functioning. Our program centers on teaching parents and caregivers skills so that they can guide their children to better behavior and improve relationships within the family. The program may also include direct work with the child and consultations with a child's school and pediatrician. We track progress carefully as we work with families, so that we can know how well we are doing in reachng goals and adjust services as needed.

Before you come to the Clinic:

Once you have scheduled an intake appointment with your clinician, please complete the following form.

Intake Form

Services Offered:

The CBM Clinic offers treatment that has been demonstrated through research to be effective helping children who frequently display disruptive and/or oppositional behavior. Because every family is different, you and your clinician will work together to set goals and create a treatment plan for your child.

Parent/Caregiver Training
We focus on helping adults learn new skills to guide their child to function better. This method has the strongest research support for improving family life. We offer both individual family and group sessions to teach adults these skills and help them practice with their children. Once adults learn these skills, they can use them on a continuing basis at home and in the community. In Individual Family Training, parents/caregivers work with a clinician to learn skills and practice with their child in sessions. In Parenting Group, parents/caregivers learn these skills from a team of clinicians and have the opportunity to share with and learn from other participants.

Outside Consultations
We offer school consultations and pediatrician consultations, as needed. With parents' permission and the teacher's agreement, a School Consultation can be provided to help teachers structure the school environment in order to support your child’s good behavior and academic progress at school.

In addition, Pediatrician Consultations can be provided when parents are considering whether medication may help a child with his/her difficulties. If the pediatrician decides a trial is appropriate and agrees to work with us, we can help monitor how well the medication works for the child.

What should I expect when I begin services?

Clients in the Child Behavior Management Clinic can expect to receive treatment in a safe, supportive, and respectful environment that emphasizes collaboration between the clinician and family. Within the first 2-3 sessions, you will complete a set of assessments about your child that will aid you and your clinician in setting achievable goals to work towards. Following those sessions, your clinician will outline a treatment plan that lays out the steps for achieving those goals. This will involve learning and practicing specific skills with your child, tracking your child’s progress, and tailoring other skills to target areas of specific need. Individual Family Training lasts 8-12 sessions after the assessment and the Parenting Group has 10 sessions following assessment. The Parenting Group meets on Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Families in the group can schedule 1-2 booster sessions if they have to miss a group or want extra help on a problem.

Clinicians:

The CBM Clinic is directed by Elizabeth Akey, Ph.D., HSPP, who is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University, a licensed psychologist in Indiana, and a local expert on children’s emotional and behavioral well-being. Clinicians are advanced graduate students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Purdue. All students are closely supervised by Dr. Akey.

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