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Pediatric Mental Health Day

Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Valley Children's Hospital, Conference Room: G150A/B
9300 Valley Children's Place
Madera, CA 93636



Pediatricians today frequently find themselves caring for children and teens with mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD and aggression. This conference is designed to improve primary care providers’ ability to recognize and evaluate common pediatric mental health disorders in your office, and offers tools and resources to support families in your care, including information on local community resources and referrals. We invite you to join us at this conference organized by the California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics and hosted & sponsored by Valley Children’s Healthcare.



How to Think Like a Psychiatrist in the Primary Care Setting – Teens and Tweens with Depression – Gayani De Silva, MD

This lecture will outline how to identify common symptoms and findings associated with adolescent mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, how to triage mental health problems and assess for warning signs indicating a need to escalate treatment, and how to counsel families on your assessment regarding the mental health concerns and identify plans for ongoing support.


How to Think Like a Developmental Pediatrician in the Primary Care Setting – Children with Aggression and/or Hyperactivity – Renee Wachtel, MD

This lecture will outline how to identify symptoms and findings associated with childhood aggression and hyperactivity disorders, describe how to triage the concerns and recognize signs of an emergency or need for immediate action to be taken by the PCP, and review options for counseling families regarding childhood aggression and/or hyperactivity and developing a plan for continued support.


How Do I Get Help? Referrals and Community and Individual Resources to Help Your Patients – Amanda Suplee, PhD, Maria L. Gutierrez, LCSW & Merideth Wirstiuk, PsyD

This lecture will outline resources and referrals that you can offer patients with mental health concerns and describe the components of cognitive behavioral therapy and how this might support your patients.

Pediatric Practical Tools Speed Rounds – There are four speed rounds and you will have the opportunity to attend each one of them:

I. Using Skills and Screens in Your Office to Help Assess Anxiety, Depression, and ADHDDiane Dooley, MD & Renee Wachtel, MD

This speed round will provide participants insight on how to choose reliable screening tools for their office, how to integrate them into their workflow and interpret the results.

II. Brief Primary Care Interventions to Support Families– Carmela Sosa, MD, Amanda Suplee, PhD, Maria L. Gutierrez, LCSW & Merideth Wirstiuk, PsyD

This speed round will teach participants how to counsel and provide practical recommendations for mental health concerns and how to offer brief behavioral interventions in your practice.

III. How to Start and Titrate Medications; Arranging Follow-Up and Consultations – Gayani De Silva, MD & Yvonne Brouard, MD

This speed round will describe the initiation and follow up of basic medications used for ADHD, anxiety or depression, and outline practice support and follow up for patients of concern.

IX. How to Integrate Trauma-Informed Care Into Your Practice– Joan Jeung, MPH, MD & ChuanMei Lee, MD

This speed round will provide insight on how to integrate trauma-informed care into your practice. Participants will learn how to promote resilience in their encounters and recognize how trauma may present in children and teens.


CME Credits Offered: 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.



AAPCA1 Chapter Member $65.00
Non-AAPCA1 Chapter Member* $90.00
Physician-in-Training & Emeritus MD $25.00
RN & Therapist $90.00

*Become a AAPCA1 Chapter Member HERE to register with the discounted Chapter Member rate.

Refund policy:  Refunds less a $15.00 cancellation fee is available until 10/25/2019 with NO refunds after this date.





7127 North Fresno Street • Fresno, California  93720 (~10-15 minutes, 5 mile drive from venue)

Valley Children’s Hospital Room Rate: $105.00 + Tax for a Studio Suite with Hot Breakfast

Stay: Friday, November 8, 2019 – Saturday, November 9, 2019 (option to extend stay available)

To make a Reservation: Call 559-435-4600 and mention that you are with Valley Children’s Hospital.



Valley Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Valley Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Financial Disclosure Statement: As a CME Provider accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA), Valley Children’s Hospital works to ensure independence from commercial influence in its educational activities. Our aim is to present objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous information that is based on appropriate clinical evidence representing best medical practices. All planning committee members, staff, and faculty participating in Valley Children’s Hospital medical education programs are required to disclose commitments to, and/or relationships with, pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or distributors, or others whose products may be considered to be related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Faculty must also disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in the course of their presentation. Financial relationship disclosures are made known to the audience prior to the presentation.As an organization accredited for continuing medical education (CME), Valley Children’s Hospital fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act rules and regulations.