One out of five children suffer from a mental health condition. That’s more than 150,000 children in Orange County alone. Chances are someone you know, or even someone in your family, is affected. The stories of courageous children battling cancer, diabetes and asthma are familiar, yet mental illness is a crisis shrouded in social stigma, misconceptions and shame.

But since the late 1990's, sunny Orange County has had the largest suicide rate increase among the nation's 20 most-populous counties, according to a Voice of OC analysis of federal suicide data. The county's per-capita rate of suicide jumped 45 percent between the three-year periods of 1999 to 2001 and 2011 to 2013, according to the analysis. This compares to an average increase of 22 percent nationwide during the same time frame. 

This event is part of a series of trainings for pediatricians on identifying, managing, and referring children with mental health disorders. Over 3 years, these trainings will focus on a range of topics, such as, depression, suicide, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder. The intent is to help pediatricians increase their knowledge and comfort in managing the children with mental health disorders in their practice. These trainings, along with other educational outreach programs, are funded through a grant from the UniHealth Foundation.

Target Audience:

Pediatricians, clinicians, and any other professional who care for the mental health of children and teens are invited to attend. 

Brief Schedule: 
  7:30 AM - Breakfast
  8:00 AM - Education Begins
12:00 PM - Hosted Lunch: Network with pediatricians and other mental health providers in the OC community
12:00 PM - Tour of CHOC Children's Mental Health Inpatient Center
12:00 PM - Exhibitor Fair: Exhibition tables hosted by various community organizations
  1:30 PM - Workshop Begins (optional)
  5:00 PM - Workshop Concludes

Tour of Mental Health Inpatient Center:

Please join us for the opportunity to be some of the first to see CHOC Children's Mental Health Inpatient Center in a small guided tour, open to all who register for the conference.

Conferences Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the 4-hour educational setting, the participant should be able to: 

  1. Identify at least two treatment or support resources in the community for children living with mental health disorders. 
  2. Develop a mental health referral plan.
  3. Provide at least one handout in your practice that could be given to parents who have children with mental health concerns. 

At the conclusion of the 4-hour motivational interviewing workshop, the participant should be able to: 
  1. Use motivational interviewing strategies to offer mental health referrals for mental health treatment to patient/families.

CHOC is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CHOC designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this live activity. 
NURSES: The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements; as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ ( Nurses will receive a Certificate of Attendance following this activity that may be used for license renewal.

Financial Disclosure

We would like to thank the UniHealth Foundation for providing an educational grant for this live activity.

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CHOC Children's | Wade Education Center
1201 W. La Veta Ave, Orange, CA 92868
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CHOC Children's

Children's Hospital of Orange County
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1201 W. La Veta Ave
Orange, CA 92868
United States

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