Austin Chapter Meetings

The Austin Chapter of First3Years offers professional development opportunities on early childhood topics with a focus on children 0-5. All providers and caregivers welcome.

Food For Thought

First3Years has been offering local Food for Thought (FFT)  training events throughout the state of Texas for more than 35 years. This interactive series highlights current research and best practices offering thought-provoking topics (food for thought). Additionally, each event provides a meal (lunch or breakfast) offering a time of networking in each community as we gather to advance our professional practice and understanding in the field.


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January 20 | 9:00 AM

Dysregulated/Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Evidence-Based Treatment (EBT) Approaches

Presented by Ken Graves, PhD

When parents and child care professionals talk about problem behaviors in young children they often describe such problems as tantrums, sleep problems, hitting, biting, and difficulty calming. This presentation will focus on how such problems are often indicative of dysregulation, and how evidence-based practices can be used to address challenges in these areas.


About Ken Graves: Ken received his PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Georgia. During a career of more than 40 years he has worked with young children and families in various settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, daycares, and in-home intervention. His interests include infant/early childhood mental health, ADHD in young children, and assessment and intervention with young children experiencing severe behavioral and emotional challenges. Ken is currently a psychologist with Child and Family Behavioral Health Services at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio where he specializes in working with toddlers and preschoolers. He serves as behavioral health consultant to the NICU and Mother-Baby Unit at BAMC and is on the multidisciplinary assessment team in the Infant Toddler Clinic. He also serves as behavioral health consultant to the Child Development Center at Fort Sam Houston.

Participants will:

  1. Learn about factors that contribute to dysregulated behavior.
  2. Learn to identify behavioral and emotional signs of dysregulation.
  3. Learn about components of EBTs and the implementation of these strategies to address specific challenging behaviors.


Earn 1.5 CEUs


“First3Years has provided education workshops for [our] staff and other community partners that work with families and young children. These workshops have equipped our staff to better understand the complex mental health needs of the infants and families we serve.” -Alison C.

Important Membership Information:

Individual Membership: $65 per year

Group Membership Levels:

  • Agency 10: $250
  • Agency 25: $500
  • Agency 50: $900
  • Agency 51+: $1,000

Membership Benefits

  • Free monthly webinars for CEU credits; exclusive access to Expert Sessions
  • Training discounts
  • First3Years e-Newsletter
  • Policy Updates
  • Research Updates
  • Networking Opportunities
  • IMH-E® Credential Opportunities


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