Pediatric Mental Health Care Education

Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Children in Illinois

Addressing the Growing Need for Pediatric Mental Health Care

 Health systems, health care providers, and families in Illinois are struggling to effectively address children’s mental health. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children’s mental health. Due to limited resources, lack of access to mental health care, and the high volume of patients in crisis with limited support available for providers, pediatric mental health remains an important public health concern.

As a pediatric healthcare provider, you may have found yourselves on the frontlines, conducting key screenings and interventions to better support your patients, but have limited capacity and resources to effectively address this growing need.

Improving Mental Health Outcomes

Partnering to Improve Mental Health Care

 The Pediatric Mental Health Care Access project seeks to help pediatricians and other pediatric clinical providers improve mental health treatment and care for patients in a primary care setting. In partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago’s (UIC) DocAssist, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), and the Department of Human Services, ICAAP has developed a new continuing education webinar series structured on a continuum of mental health.

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Manage Mental Health in Primary Care Settings

Building Capacity to Manage Mental Health in Primary Care Settings

We invite all Illinois pediatric health care providers to register for our webinar series: Building Capacity - Improving Pediatric Mental Health Screening, Treatment, and Care in the Primary Care Setting. Content of this webinar series was created in response to results of a state-wide pediatric mental health care needs assessment conducted by ICAAP in 2023.

This series is made up of four unique learning modules lead by pediatric mental health experts.

The series will be tailored for the IL pediatric health care provider, and include IL specific resources, public health context, and cultural context. Key topics include:

  • Common medical frameworks
  • Myths and biases around mental health
  • The role of trauma and adversity in mental health conditions
  • Consultation models
  • Types of disorders and corresponding symptoms
  • Screening and diagnosis guidance
  • Addressing multiple conditions
  • Managing a mental health crisis in real time
  • Treatment and care

Exclusive Peer-to-Peer Collaboration

Each webinar will be accompanied by an opportunity for peer-to-peer collaboration. Peer-to-peer collaboration sessions will occur the same week as each webinar and will provide participants with the chance to engage in additional Q & A with webinar faculty and to discuss with each other about how webinar content can be practically implemented in the clinical setting. Peer-to-peer collaboration sessions are not eligible for CME.

Exclusive Peer-to-Peer Collaboration

Webinar & Learning Module Structure

Building Capacity - Improving Pediatric Mental Health Screening, Treatment, and Care in the Primary Care Setting is composed of four unique webinars which address the most common knowledge gaps IL pediatricians self-identified, including:

Webinar 1
Foundations of Pediatric Mental Health Care

Live Webinar Date: August 6, 2024

Live Peer Support Date: August 8, 2024

Presenter/Faculty: Jennifer Thomas, MD and Mary Dobbins, MD, FAAP

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At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe common medical frameworks in pediatric mental health and behavioral health.
  • Identify myths, stereotypes, and biases regarding mental health and mental illness.
  • Explain how adversity and toxic stress play into pediatric development and play out in clinical settings.
  • Discuss models of consultation, collaboration, and referral for mental health care.

Webinar 2
Diagnosis of Common Pediatric Mental Health Conditions

Live Webinar Date: August 20, 2024

Live Peer Support Date: August 23, 2024

Presenter/Faculty: Nidhi Kukreja, MD, FAAP

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At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize intrinsic vs experiential disorders.
  • Discuss the role of development and adaptability in the etiology of mood and behavior problems.
  • Recognize common presentations of pediatric mental health issues.
  • Give examples of the different pediatric mental health screening tools and when to use them.
  • Describe how to diagnose multiple, co-occurring mental health conditions.

Webinar 3
Management of Pediatric Mental Health Conditions

Live Webinar Date: September 9, 2024

Live Peer Support Date: September 13, 2024

Presenter/Faculty: Anna Volerman Beaser, MD, FAAP

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At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Apply steps for assessing and managing the safety of a child experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • List ways to connect under-resourced populations to therapy.
  • Recognize the importance of the therapeutic relationship in primary care and specialty settings.
  • List medications used for the management of common mental health conditions.

Webinar 4
Management of Complex Mental Health Presentations in Pediatrics

Live Webinar Date: September 23, 2024

Live Peer Support Date: September 27, 2024

Presenter/Faculty: Frank Belmonte, DO, FAAP

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At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List practical approaches to safely responding to a pediatric mental health crisis.
  • Distinguish the use of urgent vs emergent evaluations.
  • Implement de-escalation techniques when a child or adolescent is experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Understand how to communicate with families/caregivers during and after a mental health crisis.
Illinois State Medical Society

Earning CME for Participation

The  Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates each live webinar for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Nurses and Nurse Practitioners can submit Certificates of Attendance to their accrediting board to claim credit for participation in the live webinars.