The Family Check-up International Conference 2017: Building bridges across contexts, cultures, and intervention models

12-13 June 2017 at VGR Campus Nya Varvet , Gothenburg




It is vital that we reach at-risk families with effective interventions in order to promote children’s mental health. Today it is common for practitioners to be trained in a number of evidence-based parenting programs, but organizations experience challenges and barriers when trying to implement them. The result is that we can’t be sure that we are helping families as intended, especially those at highest risk. This is a global concern that needs to be addressed.

Welcome to a summer meeting with international researchers, practitioners and organizational leadership brought together to exchange knowledge and ideas, clinical tools and techniques, and concrete strategies to promote real-world implementation of family-centered interventions. The conference is open to anyone interested in sustainable strategies for assuring effective mental health services for youth, from the political level to the front lines. Using the Family Check-up as an example, our goal is to build bridges between science, clinical practice and decision-making in order to promote the delivery of high quality mental health services for children and families.




Keynote speakers:

Thomas J Dishion, Ph.D

Professor & Director of the REACH Institute, Arizona State University

Conducts research in developmental psychopathology and intervention science. He is a Professor in Child Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University, and director of the ASU REACH Institute. Dr. Dishion is interested in understanding the process in which socialization processes within close relationships influence the development of mental health and problem behavior in children and adolescents. His work focuses on applying 'models' of developmental processes to the design of preventive and clinical interventions that reduce conflict and distress in families and improve child and adolescent social and emotional adjustment. He and colleagues developed and studied the Family Check Up model of behavioral health in six randomized trials, including grants from NIDA, NIAAA, CDC, and IES. He has published over 400 scientific reports, a book for parents on family management, and four books for professionals doing research with troubled children and their families.


Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D

Senior Research Scientist Emerita, Oregon Social Learning Center
Executive Director & Director of Research, Implementation Sciencies International, Inc

Marion S. Forgatch, PhD, Senior Scientist Emerita, spent much of her career working with the group that eventually became OSLC. She developed and tested programs for families whose children are at-risk for substance abuse and adjustment problems. Her program Parenting through Change (PTC) is recognized as an “Effective Program” in the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP). For the past 10 years, Dr. Forgatch and her team have adapted and applied PTC for use with diverse populations, including non-English speaking Latinos, mothers living in shelters to escape homelessness or violence, parents with severely emotionally disturbed children, and parents whose children have been removed for reasons of abuse/neglect. She and her team have conducted several large-scale implementation projects including: PMTO statewide in Michigan in Community Mental Health (CMH) Centers for severely emotionally disturbed children; PMTO nationwide in Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, and PMTO in CMH and Juvenile Justice Centers in Detroit-Wayne County in Michigan. An additional focus for Dr. Forgatch’s work includes the development and application of direct observation measures of family interaction to evaluate changes in family process and intervention sessions to evaluate fidelity in implementing the PMTO model.  


Daniel Shaw, Ph.D.

Professor & Director of the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Daniel Shaw is the Director of the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Since receiving his Ph.D. in child clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Virginia (1988), his primary interest has been studying the development and prevention of early problem behavior among at-risk children. He currently leads or co-directs three NIH-funded, longitudinal studies investigating the early development and prevention of childhood conduct problems and substance use. His recent work applies the Family Check-Up during periods of developmental transition in pediatric and other nontraditional settings. Dr. Shaw is Associate Editor of the journal, Development and Psychopathology, and has been a member of several expert panels convened by NIH. He has more than 250 peer-reviewed publications on risk factors associated with the development and prevention of conduct problems from early childhood through adolescence.



 More information

Joan Alfred Amer Fernández, Ph.D

Sociologist, Lecturer, Department of Pedagogy and Specific Didactics, Autonomous University of Barcelona 

Pia Enebrink, Ph.D

Researcher, Evidence-based interventions group, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet

Anne M. Gill, Ph.D

Clinical Supervisor, The Family Check-Up, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Anne Mauricio, Ph.D 

Assistant research professor and Implementation Scientist, Arizona State University REACH Institute

Christina Näsholm

Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Specialist in clinical psychology; Expert trainer in Motivational Interviewing

Terje Ogden, Ph.D

Professor, Institute of Psychology, University of Oslo; Research Director, Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development

Carmen Orte, Ph.D

Professor, Social and educational training and research group, Sciences of Education, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Jennie Ryding

Ph.D. candidate, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden


Register here

Registration fee

SEK 2.690
Students SEK 800 (limited number)

The fee include participation at the conference, coffee breaks, lunches and VAT. For residents outside of Sweden the payment should be made via credit card, Visa or MasterCard.

Residents within Sweden are also able to pay via invoice.

Närhälsans fortbildningsråd sponsrar halva konferensavgiften för de medarbetare i Närhälsan som deltar i konferensen. Den egna verksamheten betalar kursavgiften initialt och halva summan omförs efter konferensen. Vid frågor kontakta Margaretha Wickström, Utbildningssamordnare
Tel: 0700-85 27 23


For questions regarding the registration please contact:
Anita Bäckman

For questions regarding the program or arrangement please contact:
Sara Wetterström Östnäs



Practical information


VGR Campus Nya Varvet
Fredrik Bloms väg 25, 426 71 Västra Frölunda


12-13 June 2017

Hotel rooms 12-13th of June

There are pre-booked accommodation at Dockyard hotel (situated next to VGR Campus Nya Varvet).
Reservation and payment must be made directly to the hotel and before May 28th to be able to guarantee avaliability.

Price for singel room is SEK 728 and 952 for double room per night per room including VAT and breakfast.

For reservation please contact Dockyard hotel:
Phone +46 31 85 70 20 or
Please state booking code: 214505.