Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)

Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a training model for any adult who works with children. The CARE skills have been shown to help adults and children form a positive relationship and assist adults/caregivers in managing all kinds of behaviors. The skills are not crisis management skills or a formal intervention for severe behavior problems. These are foundational parenting skills for promoting positive behaviors in children and increasing compliance and can be applied by any adult in any setting. These skills are based on several parenting programs, which have lots of science to back them up. While CARE skills can complement and augment other therapy services, they are not intended as treatment. Professionals trained in CARE are able to use the skills with the children and teens they work with. In addition, they can train the parents of children they work with to use the CARE skills at home to promote better family interactions and positive child behavior.

CARE training is appropriate for: speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, child life specialists, nurses, nurses’ aides, nurse practitioners, physicians, medical students, fellows, residents, mental health professionals, graduate students in mental health and other health professions, and more!

This 3-hour training will incorporate lecture, demonstrations, practice, and active skills-building practice in small groups.

Training cost: $99

Date: December 12, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm



Division of Medical Psychology
8491 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606

(behind the UF Health Emergency Department on 39th Avenue near Santa Fe College)

Click here to register

Please contact Dr. Melanie Nelson at if you have any questions about whether CARE training would be appropriate for your needs. Any concerns about registration or special requests may be directed to Monica Brook ( or 352-265-8853)

Preferred hotel:

Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel*


4200 NW 97th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32606

*Use Organization – UF Psychology for discounted training/conference rate when making reservations


Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Trainers

Robin Gurwitch, PhDRobin Gurwitch, PhD

Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Child and Family Health

Dr. Gurwitch is a clinical psychologist and one of the developers of the CARE program, and a certified Master Trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is also a recognized expert in understanding and supporting children in the aftermath of trauma and disasters. She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Disaster Response Network and provides expertise on children and disasters/terrorism for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Red Cross, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She received her doctorate in Clinical/Medical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completed her internship in Pediatric Psychology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Melanie Nelson, PhD Associate ProfessorMelanie Nelson, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Florida
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Medical Psychology

Dr. Nelson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with young children and their parents. She is a certified Master Trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and has been training others in PCIT for over 10 years. She is also Treasurer for the Board of Directors of PCIT International, the national organization for PCIT therapists and trainers. She is currently working on research investigating the physiological signs of stress during parent-child interactions, and the impact of stress on treatment progress and outcomes. She received her doctorate at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, completed her internship with Wright State University in Detroit, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.