Xavier Professor Wins Telly Award for Adventures of Captain Judgment

Honors the best commercials, videos, films and internet work | August 24, 2009


Mike Nelson, professor of psychology at Xavier University, is one of the winners of a Bronze Telly in the 30th Annual Telly Awards. Almost 11,000 entries were received from all 50 states and around the world. His video series teaches children and their parents how to handle aggression.
Nelson’s Captain Judgment Video Series is a multimedia, interactive series of video vignettes designed to enhance his COPING POWER Program. A brief video was developed for each child and parent session. The 36 child vignettes are based on a story line of a superhero, Captain Judgment, who comes from the planet Good Judgment to teach children how to better succeed in school, manage problematic situations where they typically respond in an aggressive fashion, how to become better problem solvers, and how to enter into and develop positive peer relationships. 
Aggression is one of the most problematic behaviors in childhood and can lead to negative outcomes in adolescence such as drug and alcohol use, truancy and dropout, delinquency, and violence. The COPING POWER Program is a school-based program designed for use with preadolescent and early adolescent aggressive children and their parents.   
The 16 parent vignettes enhance the COPING POWER parent sessions aimed at developing the parent’s awareness as to what the child is being taught so skills can be reinforced. Parents learn to improve their own parenting skills through methods like praise, setting clear rules and expectations, supporting child’s study skills, and more effective management of the child’s problematic behaviors. The development of the series was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The COPING POWER Program was developed by Michael Nelson and John A. Lochman, PhD, ABPP. Lochman is a professor and Doddridge Saxon Chair in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems. Nelson, in addition to his work at Xavier, is president of LochNels Productions, Inc., which develops research-supported psychotherapeutic workbooks, audio visual programs, and materials to assist mental health professionals who work with children and adolescents. 
Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest film and video productions, and groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films. A panel of 350 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly, judged the competition. Entries do not compete against each other - they are judged against a high standard of merit. Fewer than 10% of entries are winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor. Other outstanding work is awarded a Bronze Telly.