USF Pre-College Recap / Children's Mental Health
It’s a summer school that students want to attend, as preparations are underway for USF Pre-College 2013. Last year’s initial program drew almost two hundred high school students to seven different courses on the USF Tampa campus, and this year's session aims to be even bigger and better. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you inside the classroom and laboratories with these promising young scholars.
May is “National Mental Health Awareness Month,” and children’s mental health continues to be a major concern. This week on University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we sit down with a trio of researchers from the USF Department of Child and Family Studies to talk about “Positive Behavior Support,” an intervention method that mental health professionals are using in over 18-thousand schools to address challenging behavior among children of all ages.
Dr. Richard Pollenz, the Director of the USF Office for Undergraduate Research & teacher of the USF Pre-College STEM Academy, says while classroom information is important to share with the high school students, lab work is the real key to keeping them interested in science and research.
WUSF's Mark Schreiner talks with USF Pre-College Director Kathy Barnes about the expansion of this year's program (which includes more sections of the STEM Academy), what courses will be offered, and the importance of more 'residential' courses, where high school students will have a chance to live on the USF Tampa campus.
USF Pre-College website
Children's Mental Health
Floridaâ€™s Positive Behavior Support Project
USF Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
USF Department of Child & Family Studies website
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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.