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Best Practices for Childhood Disorders: Pharmacological, Psychosocial & Combined Interventions

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This continuing education course is based upon the Report of the Working Group on Psychoactive Medications for Children and Adolescents. Psychopharmacological, psychosocial, and combined interventions for childhood disorders: Evidence base, contextual factors, and future directions. It was developed and published by the American Psychological Association (APA).  This in-depth paper examines the evidenced based literature and summarizes what is known regarding the treatment of a wide array of childhood disorders. 

This report is organized by diagnosis and most of the Axis I diagnoses commonly found in children are reviewed.  The report describes the evidenced based literature on psychosocial interventions, pharmacological interventions and combination therapies for each disorder.  In addition, diversity issues and risk-benefit analysis for the various treatment options are discussed in detail for each disorder.

Interventions for Childhood Disorders included in this report are:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Tourette’s syndrome and Tic Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders and Suicidality
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
  • Elimination Disorders

 According to the APA, “It has been a particularly challenging time for mental health care providers and caregivers as they struggle in their quest to determine the appropriate treatments for children and adolescents. The volatile nature of developments surrounding various pharmaceuticals, resulting in advisories and black box warnings, has complicated their decision making process. Against this backdrop, the American Psychological Association commissioned this working group and charged it with reviewing the literature and preparing a comprehensive report on the current state of knowledge concerning the effective use, sequencing, and integration of psychotropic medications and psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents. This review includes a comparative examination of the risk–benefit ratio of psychosocial and pharmacological treatments and the range of child and adolescent psychopharmacology, including the appropriateness of medication practice.”

This CE course serves as an excellent resource for psychologists, clinical social workers and other licensed mental health professionals who work with children and adolescents.  It helps to build skills in decision making regarding best practices for treatment and intervention for a wide range of childhood disorders as a means to earn CEs. 

Psychologists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can benefit from this course and earn continuing education credits. This course may also be helpful for other practitioners, such as dieticians and nutritionists who may also need a continuing education course in children and adolescent mental health disorders. 

This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to learn more about psychopharmacology and psychosocial intervention with mental disorders in children and adolescents.   It is also a good resource for professional counselors who need continuing education.

The course content for this CE course can be found on pages 35 – 170 of the source document and in the updated dosage recommendation article at the end. 

Authors:  American Psychological Association (APA)

Learning Objectives:  This course will provide a professional with detailed information about interventions for childhood disorders.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify best practices in psychosocial intervention for a wide variety of childhood disorders.
  • Identify best practices in pharmacological intervention for a wide variety of childhood disorders.
  •  Distinguish risks and benefits for the various treatment approaches to a wide variety of childhood disorders.
  • Describe current dosage recommendations for multiple psychoactive medications for adolescents.

Citation:  APA Working Group on Psychoactive Medications for Children and Adolescents. (2006). Report of the Working Group on Psychoactive Medications for Children and Adolescents. Psychopharmacological, psychosocial, and combined interventions for childhood disorders: Evidence base, contextual factors, and future directions. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Updates from Hirsch, G. (2018). Dosing and Monitoring: Children and Adolescents.  Psychopharmacological Bulletin.  2018;48(2):34–92

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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Ce-Classes.com, Provider #1142, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB Approval Period: 1/5/2020-1/5/2023
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 8 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2023
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 2-2021
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 285
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
  • New York Social Work Board – Ce-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2022 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2022.

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