Continuing Education

NC-PAL sponsors two Continuing Education programs designed to improve the understanding of pediatric mental health care by primary care providers and residents.


NC-PAL is pleased to offer a nationally recognized mental health training program for primary care providers in North Carolina at no cost to participants!

The REACH (Resource for Advancing Children’s Health) institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that the most effective, scientifically proven mental health care reaches all children and families.

REACH’s Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Mini-Fellowship Program (PPP) provides primary care providers with up-to-date, evidenced-based training in the diagnosis and treatment of children’s mental health conditions. This innovative program is comprised of a dynamic, 15-hour interactive course, followed by 12 bimonthly, hour-long case-based discussions.

At the completion of this continuing education program, clinicians will have improved knowledge, competence, and confidence in assessment and management of pediatric behavioral health issues. Participants learn to create and implement comprehensive treatment plans as well as the nuances of evidenced-based pharmacological strategies.

Training is offered every month!

Enroll for REACH PPP in 2023

2023 dates through June have been finalized!

To learn more and register, visit our Events page.


Behavioral Expansion in Pediatric Residency Training (Be ExPeRT) is modeled after REACH’s Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Mini-Fellowship Program adapted for trainees.

The course is led by Duke Child Psychiatry faculty fellows and involves a dynamic four-hour seminar followed by six monthly-hour-long, case-based discussions. Trainees learn the basics of assessment and management of pediatric anxiety, depression, ADHD as well as acute behavioral agitation. This dynamic program is rooted in evidence-based adult learning strategies.

The continuing education program is currently active within the Duke Pediatrics and Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency programs and will be expanding to other pediatrics training programs as well as Family Medicine, Physician Assistant, and Nurse Practitioner training programs throughout North Carolina.

Be ExPeRT is flexible

Contact us if you're interested in adapting Be ExPeRT to fit the needs of your program.