Trauma can affect the emotional lives of children in countless ways. The American Academy of Pediatrics, with support from the 9-11 Children's Fund at the National Philanthropic Trust, has produced a comprehensive CD-ROM and 30-page toolkit for pediatricians who are helping children experiencing emotional distress related to 9-11 and other catastrophic events. To date, the CD-ROM has been distributed to more than 40,000 pediatricians and pediatric care providers. Please note that the Feelings Need Check-ups Too materials and case-based scenarios were developed in response to the events of September 11, 2001. CME credits are no longer available, but the information remains relevant to help pediatricians respond to a wide range of crisis situations where children experience symptoms of bereavement, anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This resource and toolkit inform pediatricians about crisis-related mental health problems, demonstrate the use of various screening tools through a case study approach, and provide information on other needs such as parental reassurance and bereavement support. They also describe treatment options and provide information on accessing mental health resources for treatment referrals. With these mental health resources, pediatricians can be prepared to address children suffering from crisis-related mental health issues. Also reference symptom-specific vignettes that demonstrate how children, youth, and their caregivers can be approached in a clinical setting and encourage pediatricians to consider exposure to violence as a differential diagnosis.
Danielle Laraque, MD, FAAP
Peter Jensen, MD
David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
The primary objective of "Feelings Need Check Ups Too" is to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to intervene effectively in minimizing impairment in children experiencing emotional distress related to 9/11 and other catastrophic events. At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
- Better assist children and families with crisis-related mental health problems
- Recognize when the use of various screening tools may be helpful
- Recognize the varying presentations of children exposed to trauma
- Assess the contextual and cultural aspects of the clinical encounter
- Begin to appreciate treatment options available for mental health issues in children
- Begin to appreciate appropriate use of mental health referrals
- Address other needs of children and families, including parental reassurance and bereavement support
- Appreciate the importance of using evidence-based interventions
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. Support for creation and distribution of this educational program was provided by the September 11th Children's Fund at the National Philanthropic Trust.