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Children and Family Programs


  • Has trouble getting ready for the bus on time most mornings without you having to nag?
  • Receives notices of disruptive behaviors at school?
  • Doesn't follow directions at home?
  • Has been diagnosed with ADHD or has behavior problems?

If you have found yourself considering some of these questions, join our Parenting Strategies Program for parents of 5-12 year-olds. Children and Family Programs will assist parents in increasing their child’s academic potential.

Children participate in social skill groups while the parents work together to learn strategies to support academic success and behavior management techniques. Our goal is to help parents promote positive changes in their children’s home and school behavior.


Allison C. Garefino, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Children & Family Programs
Kennesaw State University
Phone: (470) 578-2233

Dr. Garefino is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned her Ph.D. in clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Part-Time Assistant Professor in the psychology department of Kennesaw State University, and the recipient of their Part-Time Distinguished Teaching Award two years in a row.

Her mentor Dr. William Pelham, Jr. developed a state of the art Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children and adolescents with ADHD. Dr. Garefino served as the Clinical Director of the STP at the Center for Children and Families in Buffalo. She has also led many parenting strategies workshops, and helped develop and implement school-wide behavioral interventions. Her clinical and research interests include increasing the dissemination and effectiveness of behavioral interventions for the treatment of ADHD across multiple settings.

Date & Time

Parenting Strategies will be held weekly beginning in February of 2017


First United Lutheran Church
3481 Campus Loop Drive
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Cost for Group Workshops or Individual Sessions

  • Group Workshops: $600 for entire group workshop including social skills for target child (6 sessions)
  • Personalized Packages: $200 each
Additional services are available upon request. Enrollment is limited and parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible!

To learn the dates of the upcoming program and to initiate the enrollment process, please call (470) 578-2233 or email,

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