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Two Special Topics in Pediatrics: Working with Aggression and Identifying Trauma

This free, CME-certified webinar provides clear tools to help you effectively screen for and treat pediatric trauma and agression.

Course Overview

This free, CME-certified webinar provides clear tools to help you effectively screen for and treat pediatric trauma and agression. Traumatic stress can be a component of multiple psychiatric disorders and is much more common than previously thought. The effects of stress in the body are associated not just with psychiatric symptoms but also with symptoms of chronic cardiovascular diseases and other chronic, debilitating disorders.

In addition, aggression is one of the most common psychiatric or behavioral presenting problems for pediatric providers. Aggression can be a common final pathway of multiple diagnoses, including PTSD and depression.

Failure to diagnose and treat the effects of trauma can lead to significant morbidity and mortality with increasing suicide rates in the population of adolescents. Further, the accurate characterization of aggression is necessary to provide treatments -- of which there are many -- to reduce morbidity, criminal behavior, addiction, and personality disorders in adulthood. This webinar will describe the presenting problems, discuss comorbidities that are common, and provide a treatments that can be used.

This webinar is presented by Project TEACH, a program funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program participants will be able:

  • To review the risks and benefits of treatment of trauma-related disorders in children and adolescents
  • To describe the phenomenology of aggression in children and adolescents
  • To discuss the presentation of trauma-related illness in children and describe their progression to adult disorders, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric.
  • To discuss the management of aggression in children and adolescents