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Behavior Clinic debuting new online course to train practitioners

Founder of the Behavior Clinic, Dr. Robert Fox, films a segment for a new online course that will train practitioners who work with young children. The Behavior Clinic, in partnership with the Penfield Children’s Center, is the only program of its kind in Milwaukee offering family-centered, in-home treatment sessions that address issues very early in a child’s development to help prevent serious mental health issues from developing in the future.

Wisconsin — will teach several techniques that have proven effective in the clinic, from showing practitioners how to help parents set limits and develop reasonable expectations to something as simple as teaching them how to play.

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Dave Tamburrino – Former Olympic speedskater

“[The online course] is a way to increase the community’s capacity to deal with these kids,” Fox says. “There’s a lot of need, and there just aren’t enough people who have been trained to effectively address their problems.”


Photos courtesy of Dave Tamburrino

By Julia Otto

Dave Tamburrino, director of development for corporate and foundation relations in University Advancement, had a different undergraduate experience than most Marquette students. A national champion in short-track speedskating at ages 14,15 and 16 and long-track speedskating at 18, Tamburrino was asked to train with the national team in preparation for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, at age 20, halfway through his undergraduate career. Having dreamed about the Olympics ever since he started skating at age five, it was an invitation he couldn’t turn down. The memories of the opening ceremony in Lillehammer still give Tamburrino goosebumps. “You walk through this tunnel, come out and it’s so bright,” he recalls. “They announced the USA and the whole place just erupted in cheers.” Tamburrino placed 22nd in the men’s 1,500 meters at the 1994 Olympics, setting a personal record by two seconds as the highest American finisher in the event. He followed that up with a fifth-place finish at the 1995 World Championship, an 11th-place finish at the 1996 World Championship and a 10th-place finish at the 1997 World Championship. At the Dave Tamburrino trained at the Pettit National Ice Center 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he placed 16th in in West Allis, Wis., and skated in the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics. both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races. With his racing days behind him now, Tamburrino remains friends with people all over the world whom he once competed against. He still gets his speedskating fix, but on the administrative side as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pettit National Ice Center and as chair of the U.S. Speedskating Judicial Committee. Currently pursuing a sports law degree at Marquette, Tamburrino is looking forward to taking a break from his studies to watch the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “It brings back a lot of memories, especially when you see some of the faces of athletes that might be experiencing the Olympics for the first time,” he says. “On the Side” offers a glimpse of faculty and staff interests outside of Marquette. Email your story suggestions to ­


The top five oldest books in Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Rare Books Collection in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives are:

1. De Civitate Dei, by St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, published in 1473.

2. Biblia Sacra Latina cum Postilla Nicolai de Lyra, by Nicholas of Lyra, published in 1482.

3. Phisiologus Theobaldi Eposcopi de Naturis Duodecim Animalium, by Episcopus Theobaldus, published in 1484.

4. Aeneae Siluij Senensis Praecepta Artis Rhetoricae, by Albrecht von Eyb, published 1488.

5. Morticellarium Aureum, no author, published in 1488. For more information on the university’s Rare Books Collection, visit: “Take Five” is a brief list about an interesting aspect of Marquette life. Email your list suggestions to Marquette Matters is published every other month during the academic year for Marquette University’s faculty and staff. Submit information to: Marquette Matters – Zilber Hall, 235; Phone: 8-7448; Fax: 8-7197 Email: Editor: Lynn Sheka Graphic design: Nick Schroeder Copyright © 2014 Marquette University


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The College of Education’s Behavior Clinic anticipates treating more than 500 children this year, but it still has a significant waiting list of Milwaukee families with young children with serious behavior issues. Dr. Robert Fox, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology and founder of the Behavior Clinic, believes part of the problem is a lack of sufficient professionals with expertise in serving young children. “There’s not a lot for parents of young kids that have serious problems,” Fox says. “There are a couple of other programs that address behavior problems in young children, but they don’t target the low-income families, where the need is the greatest.” To help train psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other practitioners about clinical childhood behavior problems, Fox and the staff at the Behavior Clinic plan to launch a new online course in February. The course will be adapted from pioneering work done at the Behavior Center to help young children with serious behavior issues, such as persistent temper tantrums; aggression; sleeping and eating problems; issues at school or day care; and difficulties with relationships after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. The course will use videos, written material and exams to reach professionals who interact with troubled children and their parents but don’t have the training it takes to help. The course — which is expected to count toward continuing education requirements for professionals in

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By Chris Jenkins

January/February 2014 Marquette Matters  

January/February 2014 Marquette Matters

January/February 2014 Marquette Matters  

January/February 2014 Marquette Matters