TEAM Trainings

Background on TEAM and Professional Development

The TEAM initiative began July of 2015 with three goals to enable providers, families, and the community to enhance the healthy development of children and their caregiver(s):

1. Focus on the ability of all service providers (medical, social service, etc.) to work together to enhance the wellness of the family including both the child(ren) and parents, TEAM will provide consistent training, messaging, and coaching as reflected in the Bright Futures guidelines
2. Enable parents to positively impact the healthy development of the child(ren), TEAM will provide information, messaging, coaching that encourages effective parenting.
3. Work with communities to create People safe Places (PSP) which are environments (public and private) that consistently encourage well-being for adolescent parents, their families, and the community as a whole. Within a PSP, all staff and volunteers, not just clinicians or those “in charge,” are empowered to notice and intervene when they see examples of unhelpful or inappropriate discipline or verbal/physical exchanges that generate concern.

Professional Development Committee

This section of the TEAM webpage addresses activities overseen by the TEAM Professional Development Committee (PDC).  See roster.  The PDC is working to help focus the ability of medical providers to enhance the wellness of the family including both the child(ren) and parents.  TEAM will provide training consistent with the Bright Futures guidelines and AAP Policy.  This will include increasing awareness, integration, and coordination of services for adolescent maternal health and wellness during the prenatal and neonatal period.


Recruitment for the PDC members began October 2015 with initial efforts to solicit physicians.  The PDC held a kick-off conference call January 27, 2016.  Sara Parvinian, MD, FAAP, serves as chair of the PDC. Other physician members include:  Karen Bernstein, MD, MPH (adolescent medicine); Denise Cunill, MD, FAAP (pediatrics); Marjorie Fujara, MD, FAAP (pediatrics and foster care); Alisa Seo-Lee, MD, FAAP (meds-peds); and Lisa Masinter, MD, MPH (ob-gyne/CDPH).   The composition of the PDC was expanded in January 2016 to also include community members and nursing.   The Committee meets three times per year.

In 2015, staff surveyed ICAAP members and others about preferred methods of receiving provider training.  Highest ranked modalities for receiving trainings approved for CME/CE included:  online trainings, live conferences, webinars, practice coaching, QI facilitation, and information on community resources.

In fall of 2015, project staff and a few PDC members participated in developing a provider survey on attitudes related to adolescent pregnancy and professional development training methods.  Staff and PDC members attended a meeting March 21, 2016 to review survey results and incorporate findings into future project activities.

On May 5, 2016 ICAAP staff met with Lisa Masinter, MD, MPH, OB/Gyn, Medical Director, Bureau of Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health with the Chicago Department of Public Health to discuss the TEAM initiative.  Dr. Masinter joined the PDC providing the valuable ob/gyn perspective.

From January to July 2016, ICAAP staff designed a new learning management system (LMS) to support Chapter and TEAM educational trainings.  The LMS debuted July 2016 and provides an opportunity to host enduring TEAM trainings online. Please visit the new LMS here.

In May-August 2016, project staff developed a list of resources to support pregnant and/or parenting teens. (Last edited August 2017)

The PDC last met July 28, 2016 at ICAAP and will next meet December 8, 2016 to develop in 2017 professional education around the following additional topics:

◦ adolescent brain development and teen mom brain
◦ working with teen moms as moms (not just as patients)
◦ talking with adolescent patients about sexual health.

PDC minutes from the last meeting are available here.

TEAM Trainings

As part of the TEAM project, ICAAP staff, the PDC, and others developed five hour-long video trainings which have been approved for CME credit (see below).  In addition, the PDC will be collaborating with the Region V Department of Health and Human Services to develop a training module for primary care pediatricians to encourage breastfeeding by adolescent moms and to make providers aware of a new training opportunity titled Hanging Out or Hooking Up:  An Integrated Approach to Prevention and Intervention:  A Train the Trainers Curriculum on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse by Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, Rebecca Levenson, MA, Erica Monasterio, MN, FNP-BC, and Virginia Duplessis, MSW.  Produced by Futures Without Violence c2014.  This is part of Project Connect:  A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health and the Administration for Children and Families, Family Violence and Services Program.  This training program is adaptable and has been developed to assist health care providers in enhancing their skills working with youth to promote healthy relationships, assess for and respond to adolescent relationship abuse.

This webinnar provides an overview of the in person training:

Trainer:   Susan Pieters, MA, ICDVP, Healthcare Education Coordinator
Between Friends
PO Box 608548
Chicago, IL 60660

TEAM Trainings Available for Free on LMS

These TEAM training courses incorporate information for providers pertinent to teen moms and their children and families. This is a series of five online trainings that include pre- and post-tests and that are approved for 1 hour each of CME.

To register for ICAAP’s LMS, visit and create an account. Then visit the Course Catalog where you can access the TEAM trainings, as well as all of the educational trainings ICAAP offers.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Its Effects on Children
This course covers major concepts related to intimate partner violence (IPV) and its impact on children and families. It describes symptoms to look for and techniques for implementing surveillance and anticipatory guidance for IPV as part of well-child visits. Participants will learn about communications and practice strategies, as well as identifying available resources to help children and families.

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Developmental Screening and Referral
This course covers major concepts related to developmental delay, surveillance, screening, and referral. It describes the benefits of early identification and intervention and highlights validated screening tools to screen infants and toddlers for developmental delays. Participants will learn about efficient office procedures for screening and referral, as well as ways to engage parents/caregivers.

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Identifying Perinatal Maternal Depression During the Well-Child Visit
This course covers major concepts related to maternal depression and its impact on children and families. It describes risk and protective factors relating to maternal depression and highlights professional expectations as part of the Perinatal Mental Health Disorders Prevention and Treatment Act. Participants will learn about efficient office procedures for screening and referral, as well as ways to engage families.

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Incorporating Bright Futures into Primary Care Practice
This course covers major concepts related to the Bright Futures well-child guidelines. It describes Bright Futures, its features and benefits, its many tools and resources, and its relationship to the Affordable Care Act. Participants will learn about components of health supervision visits from birth to age ten years, as well as ways to support families using the Bright Futures system.

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Social, Emotional, and Autism Concerns
This course covers major concepts related to social-emotional development and behaviors, and autism spectrum disorders. It describes signs and red flags to look for, and tools for screening as part of well-child visits. Participants will learn about efficient office procedures for screening and referrals, as well as ways to engage families.

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois Chapter,American Academy of Pediatrics designates each enduring material for the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

TEAM PDC Resources


Adolescent Pregnancy Resource List

PDC Meeting Minutes

Access to TEAM trainings:

For more information on TEAM and the PDC, or to get involved with the initiative, please contact Elsie Divinagracia at or Kathy Sanabria at