The Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn (MICH) in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine at MICH invite you to attend a training session in Pediatric Disaster Mental Health followed by a community networking forum to enable you to better respond to the needs of your patients affected by Hurricane Sandy.
8:00AM-8:30AM Registration, Breakfast and Welcome
8:30AM-12:30PM PDMHI Training
1:00PM-3:00PM Community Networking Forum
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The training sessions will be held in Brooklyn
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The effects of a disaster on a community’s mental health can persist long after the physical effects of the event have vanished. The goal of the Pediatric Disaster Mental Health Intervention (PDMHI) is to enable pediatric primary care professionals to help address mental health care needs in their community. The four-hour interactive training session on Pediatric Disaster Mental Health will provide you with the skills to identify, assess, treat and/or refer patients with mental health problems related to Hurricane Sandy. The training will teach physicians to triage patients with mental health issues related to disasters and will provide materials on topics vital for physicians operating in any post-disaster environment.
Following the PDMHI training a community networking forum hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics will be held. Participants will include community pediatricians, parents, child care providers, school personnel, children/youth recreational staff, after school program staff, children and family mental health providers and family support services agencies. The group will work with a facilitator to create a community resource network that can be accessed in times of need. The forum will introduce methods to keep information in the community resource network current, accessible and ready for use should a disaster strike your community. The design of a community based sentinel system will be explored, giving participants the information and skills to identify behaviors of concern in children they encounter and specific steps they can take to help the child and family get the help they need.
For additional information, please contact Victoria Brown, Project Coordinator for PDMHI at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 283-7191