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PPA Summer Camps 2017 Come Join Us!

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Emotion Detectives: The Unified Protocol for Children and Teens- Aventura Group to start in March 2017

                                                        The Unified Protocol for Children: Emotion Detectives is a scientifically–based group intervention 

program for children who are exhibiting symptoms of anxiety, depression or challenges with emotional regulation.

Who:  3rd  grade – 5th grade. Some parent involvement is required.

What:  The Unified Protocol for Children: Emotion Detectives is an  evidence-based treatment

                 for children with mood and anxiety disorders. 

Where:  Pediatric Psychology Associates: Aventura (Group and Individual) & Weston Locations (Individual

                  services offered)                                                 

 When:  Group Thursdays, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in Aventura location (Must have 4 participants to start group)

 Why:  To learn emotional regulation skills to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

                                                          Facilitator:  Dr. Kelly Painter, Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident

                                                          Fee:  $600 for 12 weeks.  No charge 30-minute initial consultation.                   





Social Understanding Groups – Aventura, Coral Gables and Weston-ongoing consultations for placement in program.

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Click below to learn about the 2016 Surf & Paddleboard Camp!

PPA Surf & Paddleboard Camp Flyer 2016

Anxiety & OCD Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) running in Weston & Aventura-call today for a consultation / OCD Support Groups also offerred.

PEERS Program now accepting appointments for Aventura group to starting in January 2017. Consultations are ongoing for group placement for Aventura and Weston.


PPA wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday!

Some of our PPA folks at the Miami-Dade-Monroe Psychological Association (MDMPA) holiday workshop and celebration on December 8, 2016 .






Left to right: Dr. Lauren Carbonells (Membership Chair-MDMPA), Dr. Judith Migoya (President-MDMPA), Dr. Nicholas Maccarrone, Dr. Lizmar Burguera (Early Career Psychology Chair-MDMPA), and Dr. Samantha Carella (Education Chair-MDMPA).


Drs. Migoya, Burguera, Carella, and Painter-September 16, 2016

Some of our PPA folks at a Miami-Dade-Monroe Psychological Association (MDMPA) workshop on September 16, 2016 .







First picture-left to right: Dr. Judith Migoya (President-MDMPA), Dr. Lizmar Burguera (Early Career Psychology Chair-MDMPA), Dr. Samantha Carella (Education Chair-MDMPA), and Dr. Kelly Painter (Post-Doctorate Resident at PPA). 

Second picture-left to right: Dr. William Samek (past president of FPA and MDMPA), Dr. Lizmar Burguera (Early Career Psychology Chair-MDMPA), Dr. Regina Mendoza (PEC Chair-MDMPA/FPA),  Dr. Judith Migoya (President-MDMPA), Guest Speaker, Ray Estefania, MS, LMHC (Co-Founder/Director of Family Recovery Specialists), and Dr. Samantha Carella (Education Chair/Past President-MDMPA).

Social Skills Intensive Camp in Coral Gables week of July 11-15th, 2016

Are you interested in boosting your child’s social skills?  Come join us for a full week of skills in a fun and interactive environment!

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our social skills intensive camp again this summer.

The dates are Monday-Friday, July 11-15. Cost for camp is $350 with a maximum of 6 campers per session.

For ages 7-10, times are 9 am to 12 pm.  For ages 11-13, times are 1 pm to 4 pm (the afternoon program is closed).  Program is run by Dr. Lauren Carbonell and Ms. Melissa Balgobin.

A typical social skills intensive camp day will include:

Social Skill Lessons- Perspective taking, frustration tolerance, learning to make friends, joining in & conversational skills

Movement-Self-regulation, self-awareness, motor coordination, collaboration & confidence

Science Experiments– Problem solving, organization, team building, predicting & sequencing

Manners/Snack or Cooking time-Social graces  & life skills

Facilitated Unstructured Play-Practice flexibility & turn taking

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The Importance of Systems Collaboration/Multidisciplinary Consultations

The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department Residential Treatment & Family Counseling Division Education & Training present: Systems Collaboration/Multidisciplinary Consultations.

Drs. Jessica Garcia Amanda Strunin will be speaking to Youth Services Personel on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  

Strunin and Garcia Systems Collaboration 4-20-16






Multi-Disciplinary Developmental Clinic (MDDC) -Evaluating Children from Birth to 3 years of age. Call today for an appointment.

Building a Healthy Body Image presentation at Miami Country Day School


Dr. Amanda Strunin will be speaking to High School students in an assembly followed by peer discussion at Miami Country Day School in Miami Shores.  This is on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  

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PPA presenting at The Parenting Series at Hochberg Prep

PPA’s Dr. Amanda Strunin and Joelle Krantz, MS presented last Thursday, March 10 to the Middle School on 

Healthy Eating, Exercise, and Sleep Habits as the Foundation to a Well-Balanced Life.  


Parenting Series at Hochberg Preparatory


Join Dr. Samantha Carella and Joelle Krantz, M.S. this Thursday, March 17 from 9:15-10:30 at Hochberg Preparatory in a discussion on Identifying Signs of Normal Development, Giftedness, and Developmental Delays.  




Parenting Series Flyer

Drs. Migoya, Carbonell, Carella, Burguera and Garcia-what a great team!

PPA Weston Open House!

Wednesday, March 9th was our open house in our new full-service Weston office!  It was a great success with many professionals joining together. Take a look at some of our pictures!  ppa open house1ppa open house 2ppa open house 3

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Eating Disorders Support Group in Weston


No cost support group open to family members and friends of loved ones of all ages struggling with an Eating Disorder. Group run the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:00pm. Click flyer for more details.

ED Support Group Flyer




Group for Teens with Type I Diabetes

AmandaStruninDr. Amanda Strunin has begun screening for a new support group beginning soon for teens age 12-17 who are diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. The 30 minute screening is free. Click the attached link to view the flyer and schedule your screening today.

PPA Diabetes Group Flyer

PPA presenting at The Parenting Series at Hochberg Prep, 2/4/16, 8:10-9:30am

PPA’s Danielle Stier, Ph.D. and Judith Migoya, Psy.D. will be presenting at Hochberg Prep in The Parenting Series for Lower School Parents. The topic will be Dealing with Anxiety and Other School-Related Emotional Disorders. Please RSVP to Nicole Bergert via email at by Friday, January 29, 2016 if you are interested!

PPA holds in-service at new Weston location!

Pediatric Psychology Associates held an in-service at our beautiful new Weston location on January 15, 2016. Our staff was treated to talks by  acclaimed neurologist Dr. Roberto Tuchman, optometrist Dr. Harvey Mazer, Jill Rickel and Amber Quintenero from Academic Options, Nick Eardley and Yesenia Joyas from Lindamood Bell, and Marcy Dorfman from Score at the Top. A lot of great information was shared and it was an excellent opportunity to get to know some of the skilled providers from other disciplines in the Weston area!

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

Elizabeth PenelaOur very own Dr. Elizabeth Penela wrote an article on Helping Children Cope with Anxiety. This is valuable information for parents.

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Behavior Strategies for the Home and in the Community

Dr. Judith Migoya and Dr. Natalia Vallejos will be presenting at Hochberg Preparatory School, Early Childhood Academy in Aventura on November 5th from 9:15 – 10:30am.

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