George McCloskey, PhD, 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. George McCloskeyBased on 20 years of research and experience working 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 intervention efforts. He frequently presents both internationally and nationally. 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 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 10 of the book Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners. He also is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) available fall 2015 from Schoolhouse Press. See

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Assessment and Intervention for Child and Adolescent Executive Function Difficulties
July 16-20, 2018

In this course George McCloskey--widely admired for the clarity, comprehensiveness, and warmth of his teaching style--will help participants gain a deeper understanding of executive functions and of the ways executive-function deficits impact the behavior and academic performance of children and adolescents. 

Participants will gain state-of-the-art knowledge of how to identify executive function strengths and weaknesses and the most effective ways to help children and adolescents improve their use of executive functions.  Ways to discuss executive functions with children, parents and school staff will be offered as well as ways to help motivate 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.


  • Executive Functions:  What they are and what they are not
  • A comprehensive model of Executive Functions
  • Development of Executive Functions during childhood and adolescence
  • Executive Functions and Clinical Diagnoses
  • Executive Functions and Personality


  • Learning vs. Producing:  The nature of producing disabilities in children
  • Assessing Executive Functions Part 1


  • Assessing Executive Functions Part 2


  • Interventions for Executive Function Difficulties
    • Part 1:  FBAs and External Control Strategies


  • Interventions for Executive Function Difficulties
    • Part 2:  Bridging Strategies:  From external control to internal control
    • Part 3:  Strategies for improving internal self-regulation


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"Dr. McCloskey is a fountain of knowledge and shares it so generously, providing much needed and valuable support for my teaching practice."

"Dr. McCloskey is a superb communicator, extremely well read, with an engaging teaching style."

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