The REACH Institute's Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) course trains clinicians to diagnose and treat mental health conditions they see every day in practice. This program will teach you to manage the most common issues yourself, saving referrals to mental health specialists for complex cases. All pediatric primary care providers are welcome: pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Participants learn not only to diagnose and treat patients but also to refer families to appropriate supports such as cognitive behavioral therapy. You’ll leave the training with tools you can use immediately:

  • Validated assessments to get data from patients and families
  • Clinical guidelines for differential diagnosis
  • Quick-reference medication guides
  • Sample forms for referring patients to psychotherapy

After the training, you’ll be more confident in your diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues.

Our world-class faculty of pediatricians, developmental-behavioral pediatricians, clinical nurse specialists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists will help you transform your practice, increase your productivity, and improve your work satisfaction.

This training has two components:

  • A dynamic three-day, 16.25-hour interactive course focused on building skills and confidence in diagnosing and treating pediatric behavioral health problems.
  • A six-month case-based follow-up program. Participants join 12 bimonthly, one-hour group conference calls with national primary care and child/adolescent psychiatry experts to solidify their learning.

Participants can earn up to 28.25 CME credits for both components.

Course Goals

In this course, you’ll learn to:

  • Correctly identify and differentiate among pediatric behavioral health problems such as depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety states (including PTSD), oppositional and conduct disorders, and psychosis.
  • Effectively manage psychopharmacology: select medications, initiate and taper dosages, monitor improvements, and identify and minimize medication side effects.
  • Create and implement a treatment plan by mobilizing existing resources like family members, school personnel, and other professional caregivers.

CME Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Duke University Hospital and The REACH Institute.

Training Dates

Each three-day course runs from 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning to 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
June 7-9, 2024Register Now
July 12-14, 2024Register Now
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September 6-8, 2024Register Now

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