Find information to help you deliver the best mental health care to your patients and families.
Video Series and Telehealth Resources
Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series: These quick yet in-depth videos are designed to provide support in caring for children and adolescents with mental health concerns and promoting healthy mental development.
Promoting Telehealth Modules: A communications toolkit of telehealth resources is available that includes downloadable graphics and videos and links to HealthyChildren.org articles to help parents and caregivers understand the basics of a telehealth appointment and how to get ready for one, including for behavioral/mental health. Under development are online modules that support behavioral/mental health care during a telehealth visit.
AAP Online Courses
Click here to see the current online courses available on mental health.
ADHD – Diagnose, Treat, and Monitor: This course helps guide primary care clinicians (PCCs) in the evidence-based processes for diagnosing, treating, and monitoring of children and adolescents with ADHD. It provides practical ways to measure and improve the quality of ADHD care delivery.
Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) EQIPP: This course helps guide pediatricians and appropriate staff in the implementation of substance use prevention, detection, assessment, and intervention practices to improve the overall health and safety of adolescents, ages 11 through 21 years. The course was funded by generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
AAP Live and Virtual Education Courses
The AAP offers a number of continuing medical education courses, both live and virtual, for general pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric subspecialists, and any pediatric provider interested in the care of children with mental health concerns. Click here to see the list of currently available current live and virtual courses such as,
- Trauma Informed Pediatric Provider – to be held November 2021
- 2021 Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Pediatric Mental Health Disorders (course closed April 2021)
- 2020 Intensive Course in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (course closed December 2020)
Project ECHO is a telementoring program designed to create communities of learners by bringing together health care providers and experts in topical areas using didactic and case‐based presentations, fostering an “all learn, all teach” approach. Current ECHO course that are ongoing include:
- Adolescent Substance Use
- Behavioral Health
- Maternal Infant Health and Opioid Use
Motivational Interviewing Video Resources - Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice
Engaging families to uncover and clarify mental health needs, give effective advice, and have therapeutic encounters with patients and families requires skill and practice. This resource is designed to leverage the techniques of motivational interviewing (or in the case of substance use, a brief intervention) to provide practical skills needed to elicit accurate mental health information and create behavior change in patients. Supported by the Friends of Children Fund.
This resource consists of 6 videos demonstrating examples of patient/family encounters that encompass the most difficult conversation areas for the following mental health topics:
- Social Emotional Problems in Children Birth to 5
- Inattention and Impulsivity
- Disruptive Behavior and Aggression
- Substance Use
- Self-Harm and Suicide
These videos are intended to provide a positive example of the techniques demonstrated. They may not fit every situation or the style of every provider, and may need to be adapted for particular patients' cultures, genders, or family structures.
For those unfamiliar with or in need of a refresher on motivational interviewing, the series also provides access to an instructional video on motivational interviewing produced by the PROS (Pediatric Research in Office Settings)/University of Michigan BMI2 (Obesity Prevention) Study. Throughout the demonstration portions of the topic videos, cues will appear on screen indicating the motivational interviewing or other key techniques being used at that moment.
The Editorial Board for the series includes:
- Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP, Nationwide Children's Hospital
- Cori M. Green, MD, MS, FAAP, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
- Larry Wissow, MD, MPH, FAAP, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
- Sebastian Kaplan, PhD, MSEd, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Advisors for substance use video:
- Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, FAAP, Boston Children's Hospital
- Sheryl A. Ryan, MD, FAAP, Yale-New Haven Primary Care Center Pediatrics
The series is hosted by:
- Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH, FAAP, Indiana University School of Medicine
The doctors in the demonstrations are portrayed by:
- Gerri L. Mattson, MD, MSPH, FAAP, Wake County Health Department – Depression, Inattention and Impulsivity
- Cynthia J. Mears, DO, FAAP, Advocate Children's Hospital - Substance Use
- Alison S. Tothy, MD, FAAP, University of Chicago - Social Emotional Problems in Children Birth to 5
- W. Watkins, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Community Care of North Carolina - Disruptive Behavior and Aggression, Self-Harm and Suicide
All patients and parents in the demonstrations are portrayed by actors.
External Educational Opportunities
Visit ShopAAP for a wide variety of clinical titles, CME & MOC educational resources and patient education materials for purchase on the topic of Healthy Mental Development.
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