Xavier professor wins Telly Award for his Captain Judgment video series about aggressive behavior

Telly Awards program honors outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs and films | August 25, 2009

Xavier psychology professor Mike Nelson, PhD, won a Bronze Telly in the 30th Annual Telly Awards for his child-focused video series featuring the character Captain Judgment. The awards were announced in June.

Nelson was among 11,000 entries from 50 states and around the world. His Captain Judgment Video Series is an interactive series of multimedia video vignettes designed to enhance his “COPING POWER” program aimed at teaching children and their parents how to handle aggression.

The video series includes multiple vignettes to be used in counseling sessions with a parent and child. The animated vignettes are based on a story line of a superhero, Captain Judgment, who comes from the planet Good Judgment to teach children how to manage problematic situations where they may typically respond in an aggressive fashion. The videos emphasize how to become better problem solvers and how to enter into and develop positive peer relationships, all of which can lead to better success in school.

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, droping out of school, delinquency and violence. Through the sessions, parents learn to improve their own parenting skills through methods like praise, setting clear rules and expectations, supporting their children's study skills, and more effective management of their children's problematic behaviors. The development of the series was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

“COPING POWER” is a school-based program designed for use with preadolescent and early adolescent children and their parents. The program was developed by Nelson and John A. Lochman, PhD, 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.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards program honors outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, 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 percent of entries are winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor. Other outstanding work is awarded a Bronze Telly.