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Engage in intensive training on the topic of executive functions with applications to the classroom.

Cost: $1,995 per person through May 24, 2024 and $2,095 per person after May 24, 2024
Save $100 per person when registering a group of 3 or more.

Join Us This Summer in Santa Barbara for a Hands-on Workshop

From July 15 - 19, 2024 is offering a Summer Institute on the oceanside campus of UCSB.

This course will help participants gain a deeper understanding of executive functions and how executive function deficits impact the behavior and academic production of children and adolescents. Participants will gain state-of-the-art knowledge of evidence-based methods to help children and adolescents improve their use of executive functions. Ways to discuss executive functions with children, parents, and other school staff will be offered, as well as ways to help motivate children and adolescents to ensure their full participation in efforts to help them.

Special emphasis will be placed on how to orient students to intervention efforts and help them move from being externally controlled to internally self-regulated through the use of bridging strategies. Case study examples of assessment and intervention efforts and outcomes with children and adolescents will be discussed throughout the presentation. Participants will leave this workshop energized and with a renewed sense of purpose, a greater knowledge of how to improve executive functions, and a greater realization of how they can have a positive effect on the children, parents, and professionals with whom they work. This institute is hands-on and is limited to 45 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • All Teachers, Special Educators, School Administrators
  • School Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists
  • Learning Specialists, Counselors, Academic Support Staff
  • Other Professionals who work with children and adolescents in grades PreK-12

At This Institute, You Will:

  • Learn a comprehensive model of executive functions
  • Describe and apply strategies that use external control to help a student function more effectively in school settings
  • Describe and apply strategies that help students bridge the gap between being externally controlled and being internally self-regulated
  • Describe and apply strategies that enable students to improve their use of internally self-regulated strategies to improve their functioning in school settings
  • Explain the difference between learning difficulties and producing difficulties
  • Identify and access sources of information about evidence-based methods that can be used to strengthen student’s awareness of when and how to self-regulate
  • Identify and access sources of information about evidence-based programs that foster executive function development and/or remediate difficulties


About the Institute

This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Dr. George McCloskey. This program is designed to help individuals and school teams develop knowledge about executive function research and applications to the classroom and/or clinical practice. The program offers participants an intensive professional development experience, drawing on the most up-to-date findings in research on executive functions.

Active participation is expected throughout this Institute. Class sessions will be held in the afternoon on the first day and on mornings each subsequent day.

Attendees will be housed and all sessions will take place at the Sierra Madre complex on the Goleta, CA side of the UC Santa Barbara campus. Lodging, some meals, and course materials are provided. See the online schedule for meals provided.

About Dr. George McCloskey

George McCloskey, PhD, is a professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the School of Applied and Professional Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. McCloskey has amassed 40 years of experience in test development, teaching, research, and assessment and intervention work. The workshop's content is based on the past 25 years of his research and experience working specifically with children, adolescents, and adults exhibiting executive function difficulties. He frequently presents at international, national, and state conferences on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics. He consults with many school districts and private schools nationwide on improving students' executive functions.

Dr. McCloskey is the lead author of Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment and co-author with his wife, Laurie McCloskey, of the children's book titled The Day Frankie Left His Frontal Lobes at Home. He also is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) Teacher and Parent Forms that have been standardized and published with Schoolhouse Educational Services. 


Professional Development Credit:

Earn up to 20 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For details on credit offered, visit our CE credit page or call our office at 857-444-1500 ext. 1. Note: credits are not provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Accommodations and Meals:

Interaction between faculty and participants outside the classroom is an integral part of the Institute. To foster this total immersion learning environment, participants are housed in undergraduate dormitory accommodations on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The dormitory rooms are located in the recently opened Sierra Madre complex located on the Goleta side of the UC Santa Barbara campus. Participants are assigned to their own bedroom in a shared two-bedroom apartment with each participant having their own bathroom. Linens are provided. All facilities are ADA compliant. The Institute provides four nights lodging with an arrival date of July 15 and a departure date of July 19. If you are interested in making your own accommodations off-campus or would like to arrange an early arrival on campus, please call us at 857-444-1500 x1. Please check the online schedule for information on the meals provided. Note: The UCSB campus is a smoke-free campus.