19th Annual Conference, May 1, 2015 [Brochure]
Human Trafficking: Interrupting the Pathway to Victimization.

For those of you who were unable to attend our conference, you can still watch leading experts in the field share information on the complexities of identification, intervention and protection of human trafficking victims.

There is no cost for viewing the conference. We welcome your interest and invite you to help support future events by making a donation at the following link: Make Donation

The Melissa Institute Conference 2015 Part 1 from UM SOEHD on Vimeo.

The Melissa Institute Conference 2015 Part 2 from UM SOEHD on Vimeo.

Approaches to Bolster Resilience in Victims of Human Trafficking: Core Tasks of Interventions by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Ways to Bolster Resilience in LGBTQ Youth (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning) by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

The Therapeutic Relationship as a Common Factor: Implications for Trauma Therapy by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

A Constructive Narrative Perspective on Trauma and Resilience: The Role of Cognitiva and Affective Processes by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Ways to Bolster Resilience in Traumatized Clients: Implications for Psychotherapist by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Social Impact of Human Trafficking: In Our Backyard by Juhi Jain, B.A., MD Candidate Class of 2015 [PDF]

What We Know About Human Trafficking in the U.S. – National Perspectives by Meredith Dank, Ph.D. [PDF]

Providing a Continuum of Comprehensive Services to Meet the Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth in Child Welfare: One Year Findings on Program Implementation and Youth Outcomes by Mary I. Armstrong, Ph.D., Kimberly McGrath, Psy.D. [PDF]

Guest Speaker – Survive to Thrive by Sandy Skelaney, M.A., Chief Mastermind, Ignition Fund[Watch Video ]

Inaugural Conference Friday, October 3, 2014 [Brochure]
Preventing Aggression and Bullying in School and Community:
Multi-Systemic Approaches

Promoting Wellness and Fairness in Schools and the Community
by Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D. [PDF]

Keynote Speaker: Childhood Aggression and the Developing Brain
by Debra J. Pepler, Ph.D. [PDF]

Family-Centered Screening for Violence and Weapon Injury Risk
by Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA [PDF]

Intervention Strategies and Prevention Resources for Family Aggression
by Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D. [PDF]

18th Annual Conference Friday, May 2, 2014 [Brochure]
Ways to Improve Community-based, Educational and Psychotherapeutic Interventions: Applying the Lessons Learned

The Role of a Case Conceptualization Model and Core Tasks of Intervention by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

A Community-based Approach to High Need Children and Families (Lessons Learned From Wrap-around Services) by Steve Dykstra, Ph.D. [PDF]

The “State of the Art” of Psychotherapy and Ways to Improve Treatment Outcomes (Feedback Informed Treatment) by Scott Miller, Ph.D. [PDF]

REACH: Pushing for Clinical Excellence by Scott Miller, Ph.D. [PDF]

Ways to Implement Interventions in Schools in Order to Make Them Safer, More Inviting and Pedagogically More Effective by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

17th Annual Conference Friday, May 3, 2013 [Brochure]
Preventative Interventions With Children, Adolescents and Their Families

Preventative Interventions: An Overview and Critical Questions by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

School and Community-based Preventative Approaches: “TOP DOWN” and “BOTTOM UP” Interventions by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Impact of Natural Disasters on Children and Their Families: Implications for Preventative Programs by Annette La Greca, Ph.D. [PDF]

Wellness and Fairness in Families, Schools and Communities: Implications for Prevention by Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D. [PDF]

“FE” – Cross-cultural Perspective on Preventative Interventions: Lessons Learned From Haiti and Work with Minority Populations in the U.S.A. by M. Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D. [PDF]

16th Annual Conference May 4, 2012 [Brochure]
Family-based Interventions With Children and Adolescents

Family – based Interventions With Children and Adolescents With Externalizing Behavior Problems by Jim Larson, Ph.D. [PDF]

Working with Parents of Children with Externalizing Problem Behavior worksheet by Jim Larson, Ph.D. [PDF]

Core Tasks of Psychotherapy With Families: Applications to Children and Youth With Anxiety and Depressive Disorders by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Family-based Interventions With Adolescents With Substance Abuse Disorders by Howard Liddle, Ed.D. [PDF]

Treating Adolescent Substance Abuse Using Multidimensional Family Therapy by Howard Liddle, Ed.D. [PDF]

Multidimensional Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse Offers Broad, Lasting Benefits by Carl Sherman [PDF]

Preventative Programs With Families: ACT Raising Safe Kids by Trish Ramsay, M.A. [PDF]

ACT Raising Safe Kids Parent Handouts – English [PDF]

Children’s Behaviors by Age – English [PDF]

Fact Sheets: What Skills to Expect by Age – English [PDF]

ACT Criando Niños en Ambientes Seguros. Programa: Parent Handouts – Spanish [PDF]

Comportamiento de los Niños Según la Edad – Spanish [PDF]

Ficha Informativa: Habilidades de los Niños Según la Edad – Spanish [PDF]

15th Annual Conference May 6, 2011
Bolstering Resilience: A Life-span Perspective

Important Facts About Resilience [PDF]

The Power of Parenting [PDF]

The Study of Happiness [PDF]

Resilience: A Common or Not So Common Phenomenon? [PDF]

The Power of Mindsets [Powerpoint]

Bullying Prevention Conference November 19, 2010 [Agenda]

Bullying Prevention: Social Responsibility in 21st Century Schools

Lifecycle of Bullying: Why Kids Bully & Why Kids Stop by Debra Pepler, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Cyber-Bullying: 21st Century Media in Kidsí Hands by Wendy Craig, Ph.D. [PDF]

Empowering Bystanders: Kids Helping Kids by Ron Slaby, Ph.D. AND
Empowering Mental Health Professionals: Creating Pathways for a Positive School Environment by Kim Storey, Ed.D. [PDF]

Activity I – Practicing Bystander Strategies – Dr. Slaby & Storey [PDF]

Activity II – Partnering with Teachers and Parents to Promote Social Responsibility – Drs. Pepler & Craig [PDF]

Websites for Bullying Prevention [PDF]

14th Annual Conference – May 7, 2010
Adolescent Depression & Suicide: Screening, Assessment and Intervention.

Assessment of Depression & Suicide Risk: Strategies for Matching Youths to Optimal Interventions by Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Ph. D. [Powerpoint]


Special Conference/Workshop – November 20, 2009

Preventing Violence Through Family Empowerment.

Using Strengths, Prevention, Empowerment and Community Change (SPEC) to Promote Family Well-Being by Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D.[PDF]

13th Annual Conference – May 1, 2009

Race, Ethnicity and Mental Health: Treatment Innovations and Cultural Adaptations of Evidence-based Interventions.

African-Americans and Trauma: Lessons Learned From Natural Disasters (Hurricane Katrina) and Victimization Experiences by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Empowering Interventions With Traumatized Ethnically Diverse Groups by Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Ed.D. [PDF]

Cultural Adaptations of Evidence-based Treatments (EBTs) for Ethno-cultural Youth by Guillermo Bernal, Ph.D [Powerpoint] [References PDF]

Psycho-cultural Assessment: A Strengths-based Approach by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

The Role of Religion and Spirituality in the Resilience and Healing of African-Americans in Times of Trauma by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Promoting Resilience in Inner-city African-American and Latino Adolescents: Lessons Learned From National and International Interventions by Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Ph.D. [PDF]

Tools, Guidelines and Clinical Examples of How to Make Evidence-based Treatments (EBTs) Culturally Sensitive by Guillermo Bernal, Ph.D[Powerpoint] [References PDF]

Bullying Prevention Conference November 7, 2008 [Brochure]

Bullying Prevention:  Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence in School, Clinical and Community Settings.

Bullying is a Relationship Problem by Wendy Craig, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Cyber Bullying – A new Frontier for Bullying Prevention by Wendy Craig, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Small Group Counseling for Reactive Aggressive, Anger-Fueled Bullying Behavior by Jim Larson, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Post-Incident Interviewing: First Steps to Helping Aggressive Youth Become Better Problem-Solvers by Jim Larson, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Bullying Prevention Programs From Around the World: Lessons to Be Learned by Debra Pepler, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

It Takes a Network to Create a Country Without Bullying by Debra Pepler, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Handout from A Principal’s Report Card And Tool Kit: An Open Letter To 114,000 Principals In The U.S. by Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D.[PDF]

Silence the Violence-3 – October 3, 2008

Prevention and Response to Youth Violence: What Community Partnerships Can Do to Help Individuals Take Action.

How to Make Intervention Programs Work: Guidelines to Achieve Generalization , by Donald Meichenbaum Ph.D. [PDF]

Eyes on Bullying. What Can You Do? A toolkit to prevent bullying in children’s lives, by Ronald Slaby, Ph.D. [PDF]

Violence Prevention Resources from Ronald Slaby, Ph.D. [PDF]

Psychological First Aid For Schools The Wong Way, by Marleen Wong, Ph.D. [PDF]

Threat Assessment in Schools, by Marleen Wong, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

12th Annual Conference – May 2, 2008

Reducing Violence by Nurturing Emotional and Behavioral Well-being: Application to Schools, Communities and Social Agencies.

Core Tasks Of Psychotherapy/Counseling: What “Expert” Therapists Do, by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Using Prevention Science to Guide Community Action by J. David Hawkins, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Building Community Collaboration to Promote Healthy Youth Development by J. David Hawkins, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Social and Emotional Learning for School and Life Success by Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D. [Powerpoint]

Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning in Illinois by Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D.[Powerpoint]

The Benefits of School-Based Social and Emotional Learning Programs by Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D. [PDF]

Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards by Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D. [PDF]

The CASEL Model for Sustainable Schoolwide SEL Implementation by Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D. [PDF]

Promoting Well-Being in Children and Youth by Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D. [PDF]

Dating Violence Conference – December 4, 2007

“Dating Violence” Training was presented to the Miami-Dade Police Department on December 4, 2007 by K. Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology State University of New York at Stony Brook. [Video] Windows Media Player required.

Reference and Resource Material

Healthy Teen Relationships Handout [PDF]

Intimate Partner Violence by by K. Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D. [PDF]

Approaches to Preventing Psychological, Physical, and Sexual Partner Abuse by Vangie A. Foshee [PDF]

Silence The Violence-2 – November 2, 2007

Youth Violence In Urban America
This was our second invitation only symposium which brought together community leaders, elected officials, representatives from law enforcement, the health professions, education and human service agencies to address the problem of youth violence. National experts presented research on the causes of youth violence and explored research-based strategies that have been demonstrated effective in the prevention of and response to youth violence.

Responding to Gangs, Guns and Youth Crime: Principles from Strategic Problem Solving Approaches by Scott H. Decker, Ph.D. [PDF]

Understand and Responding to Gangs in the New Millennium by Scott H. Decker, Ph.D.[Powerpoint] [PDF]

Lessons Learned:  Recent Advances in Understanding and Preventing Childhood Aggressionby Nancy G. Guerra, Ph.D. (co-authored by Melinda S. Leidy) [PDF]

CDC’s Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention: Past, Present and Future by W. Rodney Hammond, Ph.D. [PDF]

Understanding Youth Violence Fact Sheet by W. Rodney Hammond, Ph.D. [PDF] [Links]

Family Violence: Practical Interventions – September 28, 2007 [PDF]

Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions with Men Who Batter: Facts, Myths and Dilemmas by Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D. [PDF]

Doorways to Change: la Cultura Cura by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., [Powerpoint1] [Powerpoint2]

Treatment of Perpetrators or Family Violence: Role-play Demonstration by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., [Powerpoint]

Accountability Connection by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., [PDF]

English Fatherhood Document by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., [PDF]

English Fatherhood Palm Card by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., [PDF]

Spanish Fatherhood Document by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., [PDF]

Spanish Fatherhood Palm Card by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., [PDF]

Treatment of Victims of Violence: Adults and Children by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., [PDF]

11th Annual Conference – May 4, 2007

Trauma-focused Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Families:  School, Clinical and Community Approaches

Treatment of Children Who Have Suffered Child Sexual Abuse and Other Traumas by Esther Deblinger, Ph.D. [PDF]

Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Parents by Esther Deblinger, Ph.D. [PDF]

Current Issues in Child Disaster Mental Health by Betty Pfefferbaum, M.D., J.D. [Powerpoint]

Trauma Leaves Children Behind by Marleen Wong, Ph.D., LCSW [PDF]

Implementing a School-based Intervention by Marleen Wong, Ph.D., LCSW [PDF]

Managing Threats: Lessons from School Shootings by Marleen Wong, Ph.D., LCSW [PDF]

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) by Marleen Wong, Ph.D., LCSW [PDF]

Self-care for Trauma Psychotherapists and Caregivers: Individual, Social and Organizational Interventions by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. One question that was raised by attendees at the Trauma-focused Interventions for Children conference was the impact on helpers of working with victimized clients. What can be done at the individual, social and organizational levels to reduce vicarious traumatization? This handout offered by Donald Meichenbaum provides a number of practical suggestions to reduce vicarious traumatization. [PDF]

The Melissa Institute Convenes Faith-Based Conference to Address Violence in the Community April 13, 2007Ongoing violence in Miami-Dade County is the focus of “From Principles to Practicality: Organizing the Faith-Based Community to Prevent Violence,” an invitation-only conference for local religious/spiritual leaders. The conference is a follow-up to the “Silence the Violence” symposium for community leaders that was held at the hospital in September.

For more information and to see video of presentations click here.

View the latest information on Family Violence Prevention as presented by The Melissa Institute at its recent conference in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 13, 2006. This conference featured Drs. Donald Meichenbaum, Etiony Aldarondo, and Fernando Mederos. [Downloads]

Dr. Don Meichenbaum, Research Director

Trauma, Spirituality and Recovery: Toward a Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy (2008) by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Bolstering Resilience: Benefiting from Lessons Learned, by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D[PDF]

Paper: 35 Years with Suicidal Patients — Lessons Learned by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.DPDF (2008)

Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, Research Director of The Melissa Institute, has reviewed aposition statement

on school shootings posted on the website of the National Consortium of School Violence Prevention Researchers and Practitioners. The Institute supports this statement and commends it to your attention.

Read an interview with Don Meichenbaum, our Research Director.

Special Conference – December 13, 2006 – Palm Beach County
Family Violence: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society [Brochure]

The Impact of Chronic Violence: Ethnic and Cultural Influence by Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D. [See “Community-Based Interventions…” PDF below]

Community-based Interventions for Both Victims and Batterers by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D. and Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D. [PDF]

What Can a Community Do to Address Family Violence? by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.[PDF1] [Powerpoint1] [PDF2] [Powerpoint2]

Family Violence: Implications for Children and Families by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [See “How to Intervene …” PDF below]

How to Intervene with Family Violence: Treatment and Preventive Approaches by Donald  Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Silence the Violence Symposium – September 22, 2006

Symposium at Baptist Children’s Hospital Addressed Recent Outbreak of Violence Against Children

Sherdavia Jenkins age 9, was shot playing in her front yard on July 1st. Markese Wiggan, 14, was shot July 3, 2006, and 18-month-old Zykarious Cadillon was gunned down in his front yard in May 2006.  On September 22, 2006, The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, in partnership with Baptist Children’s Hospital, hosted “Silence the Violence,” an invitation-only symposium for community leaders to address the recent outbreak of violence in Miami-Dade County against children under the age of 17. [Press Release]

How to make an Aggressive and Violent Youth: Implications for Prevention and Treatment by Donald Meichenbaum Ph.D. [PDF]

The Children’s Trust Investment in Violence Prevention by Modesto E. Abety, MPA; President & C.E.O. The Children’s Trust. [PDF]

Video from Silence the Violence Symposium. [Video]


Reference and Resource Materials

No Quick Fix on Aggression [PDF]

Reducing Gun Violence [PDF]

Firearms Laws and the Reduction of Violence [PDF]

The Effectiveness of Therapeutic Foster Care for the
Prevention of Violence [PDF]

The Effectiveness of Early Childhood Home
Visitation in Preventing Violence [PDF]

10th Annual Conference – May 5, 2006 [Brochure]

Aggression and Suicide Among Children and Youth: Focus on Gender Differences

Development of Aggression in Boys: Implications for Interventions by Jim Larson, Ph.D.[PDF]
Critical Elements in the Treatment of Aggressive School-Age Boys by Jim Larson, Ph.D[PDF]  Additional handouts [PDF]
Comparison of Aggression in Boys and Girls: A Case for Gender-Specific Interventions by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.
  References [PDF]
The Development and Treatment of Girlhood Aggression by Debra Pepler, Ph.D.   [PDF]

Leonard Pitts Speaks at 10th Conference
See a video of noted Miami Herald Columnist, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Melissa Institute Honorary Board member, speaking at The Melissa Institute 10th Annual Conference, “Aggression and Suicide Among Children and Youth” – May 2006 [video] [Pitts Miami Herald page]

Ninth Annual Conference – May 5, 2005 [Brochure]

Strengthening Resilience in Children and Adults
This conference occurred as a timely response to the immense destruction, loss, trauma, and displacement following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. This conference information can be of assistance to the victims and those who seek to help nurture their resilience.

Resilience in Development:  The Power of Ordinary Magic (part 1), by Ann Masten, Ph.D.[PDF]

Changing the Odds:  A Resilience Framework for Prevention and Intervention (part 2), by Ann Masten, Ph.D. [PDF]

Effects of War on Children and Child Development by Ann Masten, Ph.D. [PDF]

Understanding Resilience in Children and Adults: Implications for Prevention and Interventions  by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Bolstering Resilience in Helpers: Using Individual, Social and Organizational Interventions to Address Vicarious Traumatization and Job Stress by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.[PDF]

Stress Inoculation Training: A Preventative and Treatment Approach by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Eighth Annual Conference – May 7, 2004 [Brochure]

Family Violence Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society

Community Connections: Men, Gender and Violence by Fernando Mederos and Julia Perilla [PDF]

Beyond Cultural Competence:  What Child Protection Managers Need to Know and Do by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D. And Isa Woldeguiorguis, M.S.W. [PDF]

Domestic Violence and Culture: Moving Toward More Sophisticated Encounters by Fernando Mederos, Ed.D. [PDF]

Common Practitioners’ Concerns About Abusive Men by Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D. and Fernando Mederos, Ed.D. [PDF]

Family Violence: Incidence, Assessment and Interventions by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Seventh Annual Conference – May 2, 2003 [Brochure]

Trauma, Children and Families: Practical Ways to Help

Children’s Reactions to Disasters and Terrorism: Implications for Treatment and Preventionby Annette La Greca, Ph.D. [PDF]

Children’s Exposure to Violence: Keeping Children Safe by Annette La Greca, Ph.D. [PDF]

When Problems Persist: Treating Anxiety and Traumatic Reactions in Children and Familiesby Wendy Silverman, Ph.D.  [PDF]

Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children: The Child Anxiety and Phobia Program (CAPP) by Wendy Silverman, Ph.D. [PDF]

PTSD, Children, Adolescents and Their Families by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. [PDF]

Community Leader Speaks on Violence Prevention
The Melissa Institute honored community leaders at an awards luncheon on October 21, 2004. The Keynote speaker was David Lawrence, Jr., former Publisher of the Miami Herald, CEO of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and member of the Melissa Institute Honorary Board. The subject of his inspirational speech was “The Littlest Criminals To Be.”[Download] Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Review of Violence Prevention Sites
The Melissa Institute has conducted an annotated review of over 400 violence prevention websites. This critical information points to the work of many quality organizations. [Download] Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Domestic Violence and Doctor’s Response
Board members Don Meichenbaum and Suzanne Keeley were recently interviewed in an article entitled “Domestic Violence and Doctor’s Response”, published in the March 2004 issue of Miami Medicine magazine. [Download PDF]

Bullying Information

What is Bullying? [Download]

Student Leaders Handout [Download]

Bullying Myths Quiz [Download]

Making A Difference in Bullying [Download]

Bullying: An Imbalance of Power [Download]

Cyberbullying: You Have the Power to Stop It by Dr. Kim Storey [Download]

Thinking About Bullying by Dr. Kim Storey [Download]

Parent and Professional Handouts

Parental Handout [Download]

Video Observation #1 [Download]

Video Observation #2 [Download]

Anger Control and Aggressive Behavior Handouts

The following materials were distributed by Dr. James Larson at the 2002 Anger Control and Aggressive Behavior Conference.

Coercive Family Overheads [Download]

On The Road To Prison: The role of family and schools in the lives of angry, aggressive children. [Download]


Listen to Lynn Aptman’s interview on WLRN regarding survey related to attitudes and opinions held by members of the South Florida community, toward guns and proposed gun legislation.