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Virtual Child Mental Health Forum - Harnessing the Benefits of Family Dinner for Child Mental Health and Family Development

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Date & Time: May 5, 2021, 10AM - 11:15AM EST

Location: Virtually via Zoom. Click here to register. 

Harnessing the Benefits of Family Dinner for Child Mental Health and Family Development

Anne K. Fishel, PhD

Executive Director and Co-Founder,
The Family Dinner Project,
MGH's Psychiatry Academy;
Director, Family and Couples Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital;
Associate Professor of Psychology,
Harvard Medical School

Summary: 25 years of research have shown that family dinners are good for the body, the brain, and the mental health of children and their parents. As a family therapist and co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, now based at MGH's Psychiatry Academy, Dr. Anne Fishel will share the scientific evidence for promoting family dinners as well as offer ways for mental health professionals to harness their many benefits. Clinicians can ask about family dinners to get a snapshot of the roles, conflict, cohesion, and playfulness in the family system. Clinicians can share strategies for how to overcome the common obstacles to family dinners. They can learn to play games that enliven conversation in therapy and around the table and discover ways to use family dinner as a bridge to making changes that start in therapy and continue at mealtime. In addition, Dr. Fishel will discuss the ways that family dinner shifts in response to developmental changes and to external forces like the pandemic.

Target Audience:  Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1) Understand the research on the academic, nutritional and mental health benefits of family dinner.
2) Know 3 reasons why family dinner carries these benefits.
3) Learn 4 ways to harness the benefits of family dinner in their work with children and families.

May 5, 2021 from 10AM to 11:15AM EST

This presentation will take place virtually on Zoom. You must pre-register to attend. Click here to pre-register. 

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information

Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  
Psychologists: This program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Wellesley, MA for a maximum of 1 Credit. The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 
Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.