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How to Change the World One EBP at a Time: A Clinical Researcher’s Journey to Evidence

By Tina Adkins, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. Important To Know: A thorough review of the current research literature is necessary to help you decide what works and how to build your intervention. It is critical to have a …

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Development and Preliminary Evaluation of Family Minds: A Mentalization-based Psychoeducation Program for Foster Parents

In 2018, TXICFW’s Tina Adkins, Ph.D., published a study finding preliminary evidence that mentalizing psychoeducation can significantly improve parental reflective functioning and lower parenting stress in foster parents. By Allie Long   So what makes this experiment different? Typically, when foster parents receive parenting training, the focus is largely on information sharing or skill building, …

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Introducing The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy

By Allie Long & Kate McKerlie The Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing is excited to announce the creation of the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy, funded through a generous endowment by Sue Fairbanks and directed by Dr. Tina Adkins. Tina Adkins, a Research Assistant Professor at TXICFW, has seen first-hand how incredibly important caregivers …

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Dads Need Help Too: Adapting a reflective parenting intervention for single fathers in Detroit

By Tina Adkins My friend and colleague at Wayne State University School of Social Work, Dr. Carolyn Dayton, called me one day this Spring and said: “Tina, you are never going to believe what this man is doing in Detroit – he’s some kind of natural born social worker!” She proceeded to tell me about …

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Coffee Breaks with TXICFW: How to Build Healthier Caregiver-child Relationships

Tina Adkins, Ph.D. Joins us on Coffee Breaks with TXICFW in February to discuss the ongoing evaluation of Family Minds, a short 3 session psycho-educational training which focuses on teaching parents about mentalization (also known as “reflective parenting”) and how to use this skill to be more therapeutic with their children, to help manage their …

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Why being reflective is so important for foster and adopted children

Thanks to a generous grant from Sue Fairbanks, TXICFW will be conducting a Randomized Control Trial of “Family Minds” this year. Research Associate Tina Adkins developed the intervention as her Ph.D. thesis after years out in the field working with parents involved with the foster care system.  We sat down with Tina to learn more …

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