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Virtual Child Mental Health Forum - Adaptations and New Approaches to Child Adolescent Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Date & Time: November 4, 2020 from 10AM - 11:15AM EST

Location: Virtually via Zoom, click here to register

Adaptations and New Approaches to Child Adolescent Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rhea Chase, PhD
PCIT-International Certified Global Trainer
Director of Early Childhood Programs, Judge Baker Children's Center;
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Daniel Cheron, PhD, ABPP
Director of Training and Implementation, Chief Psychologist, Judge Baker Children's Center;
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Nancy Gajee, PhD
Clinical Director,
The Baker Center for Children and Families,
Judge Baker Children's Center

Youth and family mental health over the past 7 months has been significantly impacted by multiple stressors related to COVID-19.  Living in close quarters, limited physical and emotional outlets, and restrictions in helpful peer interactions have all impacted youth and families, and have challenged those clinicians seeking to help them.  In this presentation, Drs. Chase, Cheron, and Gajee will discuss some of the challenges that have arisen in providing outpatient services to address these concerns, as well as strategies for improving engagement and outcomes while working remotely with families during COVID-19. Dr. Chase will discuss current adaptations made in the delivery of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a treatment for young children that typically makes extensive use of in-person coaching and feedback for caregivers.  Dr. Cheron will present data on the typical and atypical symptoms trajectories for youth receiving psychotherapy before and after the declaration of statewide emergencies.  Dr. Gajee will discuss topics related to outpatient clinic operations including consenting for services, supporting remote teams, and using digital technology.  The panel will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions and share tips on providing care to youth and families in a digital format. 

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) Participants will be able to identify at least 3 considerations for effective delivery of services via telehealth
2) Attendees will be able to describe symptom changes that could be expected when working with clients during the pandemic
3) Participants will be able to identify 2 strategies for supporting caregivers in managing child behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic

November 4, 2020 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: The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers