Foundations of Empirically-Supported Treatment for Excessive Behaviors in Youth

Friday, February 21, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
One Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

NYSED Approved for 3 CE contact hours


This workshop will provide a foundation in the methods for outpatient treatment of children and teens with excessive behavior that have been supported in empirical research. The effectiveness and the limits of behavior modification and cognitive behavior therapy for oppositional deficit disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, conduct disorders, and substance use concerns will be presented. The practical development of treatment plans that incorporate behavior management training for parents, consultation to schools, and selection of methods for altering emotions and cognitions will be discussed and demonstrated with case examples. The workshop will also present informatoin on resoures for continued education in this area.

Learning Objectives


  • Identify the principles of learning theory and cognitive behavior theory that support effective methods for treating excessive behaviors in children
  • Learn how to create behavior management plans that can be implemented by parents and teachers to reduce excessive behaviors, so that more appropriate behaviors are demonstrated 
  • Understand how emotional reactions and cognitive analyses underpin excessive behaviors and how those causative factors can be altered in an empirically-supported fashion




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Richard Gallagher, PhD

Richard Gallagher, PhD, is Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center. He is also Director of Special Projects at the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders at the Child Study Center of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone. Dr. Gallagher is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has been treating and evaluating children since the 1980s. He is coauthor of Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD: An Empirically Supported Treatment (for mental health professionals) and The Organized Child: An Effective Program to Maximize Your Kid's Potential—in School and in Life (for parents). Dr. Gallagher codeveloped (with Howard B. Abikoff) the Organizational Skills Training Program and codirected the research that serves as the basis for both books.