The Mosaic of Mental Health: A Workshop for Pediatric Rheumatologists

Mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression, are more common in children and adolescents with pediatric rheumatologic diseases than healthy peers. Identifying these problems early on is important because they are known to negatively impact disease outcomes. You will learn about these mental health issues and practices in pediatric rheumatology, develop knowledge and understanding through lecture and interactive activities. We HIGHLY recommend you attend both sessions of this series as the content will build from session one to session two.

This is a two-part series:

Session #1 - October 13, 2022 from 1:00-3:00pm MT
Session #2 - October 27, 2022 from 1:00-3:00pm MT

Target Audience

Pediatric Rheumatologists, Fellows, Early Investigators, Nurses, Social Workers, other Support providers in Rheumatology clinics

Learning Objectives

1. Review the importance of mental health (MH) in pediatric rheumatology and its impact on patients and families
2. Develop mental health bedside skills on how to start informal mental health discussions before screening.
3. Identify signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression
4. Utilize the screening tools (PHQ-9 and GAD-7) for depression & anxiety
5. Establish clinical knowledge and skills to Employ suicide risk assessment and be able to discuss safety planning in cases of suicidal ideation
6. Identify coping and adjustment strategies in the context of pediatric rheumatology and examine why its beneficial
7. Define basic principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
8. Review when it is more appropriate to offer Art Therapy or Play Therapy.

Additional Information

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  • 2.00 Attendance
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Kaveh Ardalan, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Division of Pediatric Rheumatology)
Duke University School of Medicine

Megan Curran, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Co-Chair, Committee on Fellowship Education
University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Attending Physician, Pediatric Rheumatology
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Suzanne Edison, MA, MFA
Mental Health Coordinator
Cure JM Foundation

Alana Goldstein Leever, PsyD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University
Pediatric Psychologist
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Andrea M. Knight, MD, MS
Staff Physician, (Division of Rheumatology); Assistant Professor
Department of Rheumatology
University of Toronto;

Tala El Tal, MD, MSc
Clinical Lupus Research Fellow, Division of Rheumatology
Department of Pediatrics
The Hospital for Sick Children at The University of Toronto


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

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this Other (Internet Live) activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Attendance
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