The Mosaic of Mental Health: A Workshop for Pediatric Rheumatologists - Session 1

October 13, 2022

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.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of mental health (MH) in pediatric rheumatology and its impact on patients and families
  • Develop MH bedside skills on how to start informal MH discussion before screening
  • Establish clinical knowledge and skills in utilizing screening tools (PHQ-9 and GAD-7) for depression & anxiety
  • Establish clinical knowledge and skills to perform suicide risk assessment and discuss safety planning in cases of suicidal

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/13/2022 - 1:00pm MDT
Event ends: 
10/13/2022 - 3:00pm MDT

COURSE AGENDA (All times listed are Mountain Time)

1:00 – 1:25 pm - Mental Health in Pediatric Rheumatology  Tala El Tal, MD
1:25 – 1:45 pm - Mental Health Bedside Skills  Sharon Lorber, MSW, RSW     
1:45 – 2:05 pm - Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression  Alana Goldstein-Leever, PsyD
2:05 - 2:25 pm - Screening Tools (PHQ-9 and GAD-7) for Depression and Anxiety  Kaveh Ardalan, MD
2:25 – 3:00 pm - Wrap-up, Discussion and Evaluation  Tala El Tal, MD

Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO
United States

This series will be streamed live from Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO.

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

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Children’s Hospital Colorado and Cure JM Foundation.  Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this Other activity (Internet Live Course) for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

A general certificate of attendance will be provided to all other attendees.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance


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