Pediatric Mental Health Symposium 2018 9/24/2018

Date & Location
Monday, September 24, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, OH

Target Audience
Adolescent Medicine*^, Community Health, Counseling, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics*, Education, Family Practice, General Pediatrics*, Hospitalist*^, Internal Medicine^, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities*, Nursing, Parent/Family, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Health, School Health, School Psychology, Social Work, Teacher


Due to high demand, registration will close Friday, September 14th at NOON (EDT).

A one-day symposium for health care and community providers held to raise awareness of current mental health trends and their impact. Previous topics have included: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, & ADHD.

In addition to breakout sessions for community based care providers – such as teachers and counselors – this year will feature a special morning breakout session, "Pharmacology Update," intended for Physicians, Primary Care Providers and Advanced Practice Nurses Only. Participants should be able to prescribe SSRIs and medications prescribed for ADHD, irritability, and aggression. This portion is designed by Cincinnati Children’s, triple-board physicians from the Division of Psychiatry, specifically for pediatric primary care and will offer ABP & ABIM MOC Part 2 for pediatricians who attend and participate.  Primary Care Providers can choose to attend just the morning session (8:00am-Noon) and/or the remainder of the Symposium (Noon-4:00pm).

More information about the Symposium agenda and Continuing Education information is available at the bottom of this page.

Continental breakfast and boxed lunches will be provided. Effort will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions.  However, participants with restrictive diets may want to make other arrangements.

Resource Fair

If interested in securing a booth/information table, register online and select the "Resource Fair" option. Once registered, information will be available on how to have an invoice generated, if needed. For more information, Contact or 513-636-0857.  

*Late registration fees start September 8, 2018.  Please register prior to this date to avoid any late fees. No exceptions.


Online registration is required.  
Note: Payments by credit card will be processed online during registration. 

All, Pediatric Symposium: $125
Families/Parents, Pediatric Symposium*: $125
Physician/Providers, Morning Physician Intensive + Symposium in Afternoon: $125
Physician/Provider, Morning-ONLY Physician Intensive: $65
Symposium Resource Fair: $600 (For- and Non-Profit, Flat Rate) 

*Scholarships available: A limited number of scholarships are availabable for parents and families through generous support from MindPeace.  Contact Shelley Goldman (

Late fee: $25 late fee begins 9/8/2018
Purchase Orders: If paying by Purchase Order, all payments must be received within 30 days of the conference.
Cancellation policy:  50% refunds will be provided until September 7, 2018.  No refunds will be provided after September 8, 2018.

General Session Agenda

8:00 am    General Session - Registration Opens

8:25 am    General Session - Welcome

8:30 am    Keynote - The Importance of Self-Care and the Use of Mind-Body/Mindfulness Techniques for Building Resilience (Sian Cotton, PhD)

10:00 am  Break

10:15 am   Breakout Sessions (Choice: 1 of 3 sessions)

a. Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS); Cincinnati Children's Learning a Common Language (Linda Richey, LISW-S, Laura Deitzel, LPCC-S)

b. 5 Years, 5 Patients, 5 lessons Caring for Children with Developmental Disabilities (Ernest Pedapati, MD, MS)

c. Social Media: Your Digital Tattoo (Steven Smith)

12:00 pm  Lunch

12:45 pm   Breakout Sessions (Choice: 1 of 3 sessions)

a. GLAD-ly Managing Depression in Primary Care (Emily Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP)

b. Helping the Body  Even the Score: Interventions to Address the HP Axis and Sympathetic Dysregulation involved in Toxic Stress and Dissociation (Mary Vicario, LPCC-S)

c. Interactive Panel Discussion: Section 504, Individual Education Plans, and Student Mental Health Needs (Sara Maurer, EdS, NCSP, Tricia Buchert, Kami Moore Hill, PhD)

2:15 pm   Break

2:30 pm   Breakout Sessions (Choice: 1 of 3 sessions)

a. Hell (and Help) is for Children: Recognizing and Addressing Human Trafficking in Children and their Caregivers (Mary Vicario, LPCC-S)

b. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents (Nick Salsman, PhD, ABPP)

c. Perfectionism & Anxiety in Adolescents (Jeffrey Strawn, MD, FAACAP)

4:00 pm  Evaluations & Closing

Pharmacology Update - Primary Care Provider Session Agenda

7:30 am   Provider Session - Registration Opens

7:55 am   Provider Session - Welcome

8:00 am   Update on Medications for ADHD

8:40 am   Break

8:45 am   Update on Antidepressants (including SSRI's)

9:45 am   Break

9:50 am   Medications for Management of Irritability & Aggression

10:30 am  Break

10:35 am  What you Should Know About Pharmacogenetics

11:15 am   Break

11:20 am  Update on Alternatives & Supplements

12:00 pm Provider Session Close

Primary Provider Session Faculty:

  • Courtney Cinko, MD
  • Emily Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
  • Brian Kurtz, MD
  • Jeffrey Strawn, MD, FAACAP
  • Katherine Lee, MD
  • Laura Ramsey, SM, PharmD, BCPS


Physician: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cincinnati Children's designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABP & ABIM MOC Part 2: Successful completion of this CME activity (the morning PCP breakout session) enables the participant to earn 4.0 MOC points in the ABP and ABIM MOC program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP & ABIM MOC Part 2 credit.

APRNs: The morning Primary Care Provider session is designed for the additional hours required for APRNs with prescriptive authority in Ohio.

Nursing: 6.2 contact hours will be awarded to nurses who attend the entire program and complete an evaluation tool.  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-046, 9/1/2018)

Social Work: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an approved provider of social work continuing education credits by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Provider # RSX030902. This program is approved for 7.25 clock hours. Social Work program area: Methods.

Psychologists: Cincinnati Children’s is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association-CME Program to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Cincinnati Children’s (provider #310833936), maintains responsibility for the program.  This program is approved for 6.25 hours.

Counselors: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an approved provider of professional counselor continuing education credits by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Provider #RCX111201.  This program is approved for 6.25 clock hours. Counselor program area: Methods of Intervention and Prevention.

Teachers, School Psychologists and School Counselor: 6.25 Contact Hours of Educator Credit are anticipated to be provided.  Final approval of Certificates of Participation will be determined by your Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC).  Keep all Certificates of Participation with your Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP).