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Improve Executive Functions: Evidence-Based Strategies to Change Behavior

George McCloskey, PhD
6 Hours 31 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 15, 2021
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Individuals with ADHD, Autism, OCD and other conditions have significant deficits with Executive Function (EF) skills, failing to thrive at school, work, home and in their most important relationships.

While your work with individuals struggling with EF issues is some of your most rewarding—it’s often the work that leaves you the most frustrated and exhausted. Forgotten appointments, unfinished homework, distractibility, procrastination, and difficulties organizing thoughts present formidable obstacles to making progress in school or therapy. And to make things more frustrating, the strategies that work so well for other conditions seem to fall short when an EF deficit is present.

Watch George McCloskey, Ph.D., an internationally renowned author, researcher, and clinician with more than 25 years of groundbreaking work with EFs for this incredible one-day event!

Dr. McCloskey will teach you the targeted skills and tools you need to cultivate lasting change and transformation in the lives of those who struggle with executive deficits—the chronically lost, late and unprepared!

You’ll learn how to develop customized interventions that can be used with students or clients of all ages across multiple settings from the private practice to the classroom. Practical and easy to apply, Dr. McCloskey’s strategies will help those you serve develop critical time/task management, personal organization, and planning skills, empowering them to elevate their academic and employment performance, relationships, physical and mental health, and more!

Don’t miss this chance to elevate your practice and confidence in your ability to end the chaos and dramatically improve the lives of those you work with!

Purchase today.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Professor and Director of School Psychology Research

Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

George McCloskey, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He frequently presents at international, national, regional and state meetings on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics.

Dr. McCloskey has amassed over 35 years of experience in test development, teaching, research and assessment and intervention work with a wide range of clients. Based on the past 25 years of his research and experience working specifically with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting executive function difficulties, Dr. McCloskey has developed a comprehensive model of executive functions that can be used to assess executive function strengths and difficulties and guide efforts to foster growth and intervene with difficulties. He consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide on issues related to improving students’ self-regulation capacities in the classroom, behavior management, assessment and intervention for executive functions difficulties related to academic and behavior problems.

Dr. McCloskey is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) and lead author of the books Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment and his most recent writing on interventions for executive function and executive skills difficulties appears in Chapter 11 of the book Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: George McCloskey has an employment relationship with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He receives royalties as an author for Taylor & Francis, Wiley & Sons, and Schoolhouse Press. Dr. McCloskey receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: George McCloskey has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


  1. Analyze a comprehensive neuropsychological model of executive functions as it relates to clinical treatment.
  2. Communicate how executive function difficulties are manifested in individuals diagnosed with various psychological disorders and/or enrolled in special education programs as it pertains to assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Apply effective assessment techniques based on a multidimensional framework to determine executive function strengths and weaknesses and to target specific intervention needs.
  4. Recommend strategies that are appropriate for fostering executive function development and/or for intervening when executive function difficulties are identified.
  5. Implement strategies that bridge the gap between “external control” and “internal self-regulation”.
  6. Utilize mindfulness, CBT and other evidence-based programs to foster executive function development and/or remediate difficulties.


Executive Functions (EF) Overview

  • The neuropsychology of Executive Functions
  • Levels, domains of functioning, arenas of involvement
  • A closer look at the self-regulation level: 7 clusters encompassing 33 functions
  • EF development over time
  • EFs, DSM-5® diagnoses, educational classifications
  • Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

Develop an Intervention Plan: Assessment of EF Strengths and Weaknesses

  • A multidimensional model to guide assessment
  • Norm referenced tests, rating scales and diagnostic interviewing
  • Assessing the impact of EF difficulties on academic learning and production
  • Learning difficulties versus producing difficulties
  • EF-driven Functional Behavior Assessment

Strategies for EF Development and EF Difficulties

  • Create an environment for positive change
  • Develop and use growth mindsets
  • The EF intervention continuum
  • Orienting strategies that focus on goals and outcomes
  • External strategies for modifying behaviour: Cueing, prompting and thinking aloud
  • Bridging strategies from externally controlled to internally self-regulated
  • Internally self-regulated strategies: Strengthen independent functioning

Evidence-based Programs and Resources to Foster Growth

  • Develop EFs in pre-school and kindergarten
  • Problem-solving models and programs
  • Cognitive strategy instruction and cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Technology-based approaches
  • Mindfulness techniques and EF growth

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • School Administrators
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children

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